Man City 2-1 Real Madrid (Agg: 4-2): Raphael Varane errors hand Man City Champions League quarter-final place

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Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus capitalise on poor Real errors to reach last eight in Lisbon on August 15.

Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus scored as Man City made safe passage into the Champions League quarter-final

Manchester City capitalised on two Raphael Varane errors as they made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Real Madrid at the Etihad (4-2 on aggregate).

The hosts added to their first leg advantage early on as a lackadaisical Varane was caught in possession on his own byline by Gabriel Jesus, who squared for Raheem Sterling to tap home for his 100th Manchester City goal.

It didn’t change much for Real, still needing two away goals to qualify, and they got a first through Karim Benzema’s header from a Rodrygo cross (28).

But it was chaos in the second period as Real continued to mess around with the ball deep in their half, and City eventually killed the tie off as Jesus nipped in to capitalise on a weak Varane header to brilliantly poke home from an angle.

Pep Guardiola’s City, chasing that elusive first Champions League crown, will now travel to Lisbon for the single-leg quarter-final against Lyon, on August 15.

How Real gifted City passage to last eight

La Liga champions Real hadn’t played a competitive game since July 17, and it showed in the first half with some of the most casual possession seen in European competition this season.

Sterling’s header was cancelled out by Karim Benzema in the first half

Without captain and talisman Sergio Ramos, who was suspended having been sent off in the first leg, Real were poor defensively throughout. Varane dawdled on the ball early on at the touchline, allowing Jesus to rob him, before squaring for Sterling to simply tap home from 10 yards with just Real defender Dani Carvajal on the line.

Real, still needing two away goals, were continuously caught in their defensive third in the first half, but somehow clawed their way back into the tie.

After Benzema had stung the hands of Ederson from 15 yards, the Frenchman got his goal, climbing above Fernandinho and heading into the bottom right corner after some fine work from Rodrygo on the right, floating past Joao Cancelo with ease before lifting a cross in.

Real still weren’t settled though; Phil Foden lashed just wide after Thibaut Courtois’ poor kick was feasted upon by City, before Kevin De Bruyne’s shot direct from a corner was beaten away well by the former Chelsea goalkeeper.

Sergio Ramos was suspended and watched nervously from the stands at Etihad Stadium

City had chance after chance after the break as Real struggled to get a grip on the game. First, Sterling was played through on goal by a brilliant De Bruyne through ball, but his left-footed shot was tipped wide by Courtois, before Courtois got down low to block Sterling after Casemiro lost the ball cheaply in midfield.

Raphael Varane made two howlers to gift City goals

Courtois kept Real in the game again, tipping over Jesus’ shot from an angle, but City got their cushion back from another Real error. Varane got lost under a long ball up, allowing it to bounce, before his weak header back to Courtois was intercepted by Jesus, poking into the net from a tight angle to give City breathing space.

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