바카라 바카라사이트 슬롯게임 우리카지노 카지노사이트 파워볼 홀덤

Kevin De Bruyne gives Manchester City advantage against Atlético Madrid

So at the break it was level and nicely poised. Gündogan’s deflected shot suggested the pattern of City posing more questions would continue. Griezmann’s break from the resulting corner, and 50-yard run until he sprayed the ball wildly away, fitted the template, too.

Simeone drills his charges to pounce when the moment arrives. Yet they failed with another break when Llorente raced behind but hit Ederson not Félix.

City went from ragged to De Bruyne sending Oblak skimming along the turf to his left to save a free-kick as Atlético’s wall – Félix the main perpetrator – parted badly. Sterling rolled a cross-shot over from the left but neither Silva, the false 9, nor any other teammate could stab home. Griezmann’s last act was to be fouled by Silva as Simeone made a triple substitution – Koke and Llorente also departing as Correa, Rodrigo de Paul and Matheus Cunha entered.metasports

Guardiola and Simeone – in almost identical coats – were each unhappy: City’s No 1 perhaps for some unfathomable geometric miscalculation; his counterpart for the needless sloppiness on the ball, Llorente the latest culprit in an error that allowed De Bruyne to whip it in and Gündogan again going close.

Atlético are the kings of the counter, so Guardiola was furious when Félix could break along the left before a flood of blue shirts engulfed him. A delightful Koke backflick that released Félix was another warning from the Spanish champions.

A thrust and verve had entered the contest. Feints, touches, the finding of vital inches: all were executed in slick, computer-game fashion. It was the contest that was expected: City’s domination versus Atlético’s savvy, the home team enjoying 75.6% possession. The closing phase of the half was performed in a crackling atmosphere.

João Cancelo had been instructed to drift inside and it was in this zone he drew a foul from Geoffrey Kondogbia. Moments later the Portuguese let go a 25-yard shot that was blocked and had Atlético scrambling in the area before Felipe cleared.

Any possession Atlético had was being thrown away, much to the chagrin of Simeone, conscious the commodity was precious. This was underlined when, after ceding the ball, a Cancelo cross for Ilkay Gündogan, then a De Bruyne effort, threatened Jan Oblak’s goal.

Here Guardiola just about got his selection correct – though only after Foden was introduced 80 seconds before creating De Bruyne’s winner. The manager had joked about “over-thinking” in a pre-game discourse delivered with a twinkle that came punctuated with a point he believes pertinent: that he is duty-bound to tinker tactics and personnel – the prevailing criticism aimed at him – when the competition reaches this stage due to the differing nature of the opponent.

So it was that Guardiola’s selection was eagerly awaited. Through this prism the discarding of Foden – who had started five of City’s Champions League eight matches – caught the eye.

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