How are man city, real madrid so good? it"s not just their resources, but their transition play

City’s Champions League dream is over, as Gareth Taylor’s side fell at the first hurdle of the 2021/22 competition, succumbing lớn a 2-1 aggregate defeat lớn Real Madrid in Round Two.

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Claudia Zornoza Sanchez’s strike a minute before half-time separated the sides at the Academy Stadium in the second leg, after the two sides had played out a đơn draw a week ago – European debutants Real levelling in injury-time in the Spanish capital.

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Though city pushed for a leveller in the second half – Hayley Raso coming closest by striking the woodwork – the visitors hung on lớn reach the inaugural group stage.

There was some cause for celebration with the long-awaited return of fans to lớn the Academy Stadium, as our vocal đô thị faithful turned out to cheer on the squad for the first time in 18 months, but the result proved a major blow khổng lồ our hopes for the new season.

What happened?

The opening 25 minutes proved a fairly even contest – both sides pressing for an early breakthrough with Raso and Athenea del Castillo looking dangerous on either flank.

Steph Houghton carved the game’s first real chance, heading a corner just wide of the far post, while Aurelie Kaci had a shot blocked at the other end và Nahikari García Pérez blazed over, as the Spaniards sought lớn threaten on the counter.

Real found the back of the net on 33 minutes – only for Nahikari’s first-time effort across Taieb to be ruled out for offside; perhaps harshly, as replays suggested.


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How we lined up…

Gareth Taylor made a solitary change from the side that triumphed 4-0 at Everton on Saturday, as Lauren Hemp replaced Janine Beckie on the left flank.

Karima Benameur Taieb took her place in goal, shielded by a backline of Demi Stokes, Alex Greenwood, Steph Houghton và Esme Morgan.

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Laura Coombs protected the backline in the defensive midfield role, employed behind Caroline Weir và Vicky Losada, while Hemp và Hayley Raso occupied the wings. Khaidja ‘Bunny’ Shaw led the line upfront.

CITY XI | Taieb, Morgan, Houghton (C), Greenwood, Stokes, Coombs, Weir, Losada (Stanway 70’), Raso (Beckie 70’), Hemp, Shaw (White 46’)

SUBS | Keating, Kennedy, Mace, Park, Scott

REAL MADRID XI | Misa, Ivana, Peter, Teresa, K Robles, Nahikari (Asllani 86"), Kaci, Zornoza (Olga 76’), Esther (Moller 90"), Athenea, Lucia Rodriguez.

SUBS | Sofia, Lorena, M Corredera, Rocio.

Next up…

City welcome Tottenham Hotspur khổng lồ the Academy Stadium for the first trang chủ FA Women’s Super League clash of 2021/22 on Sunday 12 September (18:45 UK time).

The squad then break off on international break, returning for a crunch, top-of-the-table clash with Arsenal on Sunday 25 September (18:45).

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