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Watch: Karim Benzema Scores | Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid

It’s the 13-time winners against the club desperate for their first taste of Champions League glory. Are we going to see City go straight for the jugular? They’re quickly into their pressing game, looking to pen in the full-backs.

The first mistake from City is a poor clearance from Ederson that gifts Real the ball near the City box. The home defence rally quickly to stop Rodrygo causing any damage. Wow! What a start for Man City. Kevin de Bruyne headed the ball into the Madrid nets from a close range, and put the hosts ahead just 90 seconds into the game.

REAL MADRID XI: Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.

SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, Andriy Lunin, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Fuidias.

MANCHESTER CITY XI: Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.

SUBS: Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Zack Steffen, Fernandinho, Scott Carson, CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Romeo Lavia.

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