Player Ratings: Manchester City 1-1 Real Madrid (4-4 agg, 3-4 pens) – 2023/24

Real Madrid secured their spot in the Champions League semi-final by edging past Manchester City in a penalty shootout at the Etihad.

Rodrygo gave Los Blancos the lead in the first half. Kevin De Bruyne equalised after the break, forcing the match into extra time and eventually penalties.

Andriy Lunin saved attempts from both Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic, which saw Carlo Ancelotti’s side emerge victorious against all odds.

Real Madrid will now face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals with the first leg taking place at the Allianz Arena on April 30. The return leg will take place at the Bernabéu on May 8.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Andriy Lunin: 10/10

Made a couple of important stops in the first half. The Ukrainian couldn’t do anything to stop De Bruyne’s goal but came up clutch in the penalty shoutout with two huge saves. Real Madrid’s hero tonight.

Dani Carvajal: 8/10

Gave everything down the right flank to stop Grealish and then Doku despite being on a yellow card. The Spaniard put in an absolute shift and will be missed in the first leg of the semi-final against Bayern.

Antonio Rüdiger: 8/10

Kept Haaland quiet once again. The German was unlucky when his clearance fell to De Bruyne, handing City their equaliser. Rüdiger came close to winning the game in extra-time and ultimately scored the all-important penalty to send Real Madrid through to the semis.

Nacho Fernandez: 7.5/10

Just like Rüdiger, Nacho handled Haaland extremely well. The captain has come under lots of criticism this season but he responded brilliantly against Man City and deserves lots of credit for his performance. Took his penalty well.

Ferland Mendy: 7/10

A solid performance from the Frenchman who handled Foden extremely well. Most of City’s attacks were down Carvajal’s side.

Fede Valverde: 7/10

Full of legs once again. Fede did not stop running and was excellent at closing down spaces effectively. Instrumental once again.

Toni Kroos: 7/10

Remained composed under pressure, despite City’s high press. Some of his passing was wonderful, as usual. Fatigue became evident as the game progressed.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7/10

Camavinga did a wonderful job defensively but was quite wasteful in possession.

Jude Bellingham: 8/10

His initial touch in the build-up to Madrid’s first goal was exquisite. The Englishman ran his socks off and contributed so much off the ball. Scored Real Madrid’s second penalty with so much composure.

Rodrygo Goes: 7/10

Continued his brilliant record of scoring in big games. The Brazilian has now scored seven goals in the Champions League knockout stages with all seven coming against English opposition.

Vinicius Jr: 7/10

Started as the lone centre forward once again. The Brazilian did a lot of dirty work off the ball and also played a crucial part in the opening goal having played the pass that set up Rodrygo’s opener.


Luka Modric: 6.5/10 Came on to replace Toni Kroos. The Croatian covered a lot of ground and helped give Real Madrid the extra push they needed in extra-time. Missed a penalty in the shootout.

Brahim Diaz: 6/10 Came on to replace Rodrygo. The Moroccan won a few fouls in good positions high up the pitch.

Lucas Vazquez: 6/10 Came on to replace Vinicius. The Galician scored his penalty with so much confidence.

Eder Militão: N/A Came on to replace Carvajal. The Brazilian won a few important headers late on.

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