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Niko Siracusa fancied City’s chances of winning in Madrid - no, we’re not sure why either - and backed them by putting his student loan behind the Premier League club. Needless to say, his night didn’t end well. (Scroll down this page to see the screenshot).
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“Gone for the big one tonight boys,” poor old Niko posted on Facebook before the match. “Got a feeling”.
He added, somewhat ominously: “Who need a student loan anyway yeah?”
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It didn't end well for Niko...
Niko was in line to win a cool £6,640 if City progressed to the Champions League final for the first time in their history.
But he must have feared the worst after City’s captain Vincent Kompany limped off in the 10th minute after suffering yet another injury.
Ten minutes later and Real Madrid were 1-0 ahead after Gareth Bale’s cross was turned into his own net by Fernando.
City's performance criticised
City only managed to fashion a couple of chances at the Bernabeu - Fernandinho hit the outside of Keylor Navas’s post and Sergio Aguero hit the roof of the net during the closing stages - and their star players, Yaya Toure in particular, were criticised for their lack of effort on the night.
“Can't believe how bad Man City performed in both games,” Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher tweeted after the match. “Looked completely overawed.”
Pellegrini: We were unfortunate
However, City boss Manuel Pellegrini saw it differently. The Chilean coach felt his side were unfortunate to lose the match because of the manner in which the decisive goal was scored.
"They were very lucky with their goal and we were very unlucky because it was a deflected cross that put the ball in the top corner," Pellegrini was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"The goal gave them more time to play but both teams couldn't create, and it was very similar to the first leg with both teams without many clear chances.
"We played a strong team, but not one that was better than us, so you need a bit of fortune. It's not the reason why didn't win the game, we tried to create and we couldn't, and that's why we are not in the final.
"But you always need some luck and this time Real Madrid was lucky with the goal."
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