Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How City Failed ; Rob Dawson Gives His Marks out of 10 for Roberto Mancini's Men

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

How City Failed ; Rob Dawson Gives His Marks out of 10 for Roberto Mancini's Men

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HART DID well to keep the score at 1-0 at half time with saves from Ronaldo and then Khedira in the first half. Such was City's improved performance after half-time, he wasn't called on to do very much in the second 45 minutes except roll the ball out to his defenders and urge them forward.

6 MAICON IF his selection as a right wingback raised a few eyebrows, his defending in the first half will have raised Mancini's blood pressure. Fell asleep as Di Maria's cross arched into the box, and by the time he'd woken up, Benzema had appeared for behind him to finish past Hart.

5 KOLAROV PROBABLY wouldn't have played had Gael Clichy been passed fit, but the Frenchman, sat in the stands, still got closer to stopping Di Maria's cross for Real's opener than Kolarov did. He ended the first half playing at left midfield before Mancini hauled him off at halftime to beef up the midfield with Garcia.

4 ZABALETA STARTED the game on the right side of a back three and finished the first half as an emergency left-back as Mancini struggled to find a way to stop Madrid. Not a natural at left-back but only let Di Maria out of his pocket for long enough to be substituted.

7 KOMPANY SPENT most of the night sweeping up behind Maicon which gave Ronaldo the chance to square him up and skip by him once or twice. Not his most assured performance but won the physical battle with Benzema before the French striker went off.

6 NASTASIC THE 19-year-old looks to have won the battle with Joleon Lescott to be first-choice and he repaid Mancini's faith with a goal-line clearance to stop Ronaldo putting Real 2-0 up in the first half. Stood up well to Ronaldo's pace and Benzema's strength.

7 TOURE SHACKLED in the first half with Barry and Garcia both left on the bench, the Ivory Coast Express was made to look like Thomas the Tank Engine as Real passed through City's midfield. He had a far better second half after being given Garcia for company 6 at half-time.

NASRI PICKED in an attacking midfield three with Toure and Silva but they were dominated in the first half by Alonso, Khedira and Modric. …

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