Manchester City produced a stunning late fightback to achieve a memorable 2-1 win at Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu to take control of their UEFA Champions League final-16 draw.
After a cagey first half, the hosts took advantage of a defensive mix-up between Rodri and Nicolas Otamendi to take the lead in the 60th minute when the impressive Vinicius Junior rushed to goal before he neatly lined up for Isco to go home. to drag.
But City equalized 12 minutes before time when Gabriel Jesus nodded up close.
Raheem Sterling, who was surprisingly mentioned as a replacement by manager Pep Guardiola, got off the couch and was knocked down in the box. Fellow midfielder Kevin De Bruyne stepped home to convert from the spot with confidence in the 83rd minute.
It became worse for Real Madrid when they were reduced to 10 men with another five minutes. Captain Sergio Ramos knocked Jesus down as he ran through the goal and the defender was shown a red card.
It was the first time that City Real defeated Madrid in the Champions League and means that they are at the wheel for the second stage in the Etihad on Tuesday 17 March.
The win will have been all the more welcome for City fans after their side was banned from European club competitions for the next two years earlier this month.
Elsewhere, Lyon produced a spirited show at home to take a surprising 1-0 lead after the first leg of their final-16 draw Champions League with Juventus.
Lucas Tousart scored the only goal in the first half, as the hosts claimed their first win over the Italian giants.
Juve started confidently, but failed to create clear chances before Tousart converted Houssem Aouar’s cross from close range to lead the Ligue 1.
Juve increased the pressure, but the late strike by Paulo Dybala was excluded due to offside.
The second stage takes place at the Allianz Stadium on March 17.