Man City 2-1 Real Madrid: Raphael Varane horror show helps City reach Champions League quarter-finals

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Manchester City are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Real Madrid 4-2 on aggregate.

Pep Guardiola’s side carried a 2-1 lead into the return fixture and they beat Los Blancos by the same scoreline at the Etihad Stadium to seal their place in the last eight.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored the goals, although both were handed on a plate by Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

The Frenchman was without his usual centre-back partner Sergio Ramos, who was suspended for the return fixture.

And so Zinedine Zidane was looking for Varane to step up and keep City out.

He did the exact opposite.

In the ninth minute of the match, Varane dithered on the ball as the visitors tried to pass the ball out and relinquished possession to Jesus, who squared for Sterling to score.

Real were level shortly afterwards through Karim Benzema’s fine header and suddenly we had a game again.

But Varane gave up any chance Madrid had of producing a comeback when he made a mess of an attempted clearance.

His attempted header back was met by Jesus, who slotted the ball beyond Thibaut Courtois.

Real Madrid couldn’t get back into the tie as Man City marched through to the next round.

City’s best player? Raphael Varane.

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