Manchester City have again been eliminated from the UEFA Women’s Champions League by Spanish opposition with The Cityzens going down 1-0 to Real Madrid at The Academy Stadium this evening.
The two sides went into the second leg tied at 1-1 from the first game in Madrid a week ago and it was the Spaniards who came out on top this evening thanks to a Claudia Zomoza goal just before half-time.
A cagey start saw Manchester City have an early penalty appeal waved away when Real Madrid defender Kenti Robles seemed to catch Hayley Raso in the area.
Steph Houghton then headed wide before Lauren Hemp failed to trouble Real Madrid keeper Maria Isabel Rodriguez Rivero with a cheeky lob from distance.
Manchester City were then given a huge left off when Nahikari Garcia beat the offside trap and hammered her shot home but she was wrongly adjudged to be in an offside position. That moment was a warning of what was to come for the hosts with Real Madrid netting from their next meaningful opportunity. Manchester City failed to clear their lines from a corner kick and Zomoza rifled the ball into the net.
The second half saw Manchester City produce plenty of early zip but their attacking play in the final third was failing to really click. Hayley Raso came closest to levelling matters just after the hour but her effort came back off the crossbar.
Robles fired a shot high and wide at the other end before Ellen White’s flicked header was hackled away to safety by a covering Real Madrid defender on the goal line as the Spaniards clung onto their narrow advantage.
Manchester City piled on late pressure but Real Madrid survived as they claimed their place in the group stage and continued the hosts’ misery against Spanish opposition.