MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Real Madrid come from behind twice to beat Manchester City 3-2 in a dramatic finish in the opening day of Champions League action at Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
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Manchester City twice went ahead through Edin Dzeko, who netted in the 69th minute and Aleksandar Kolarov in the 85th.
However, Marcelo and substitute Karim Benzema scored on either side of those goals to even things up, before former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late winner for Real Madrid in the Group D opener.
Ronaldo, who according reports has been “sad” and never celebrated his last two goals, made up for those celebrations on Tuesday night.
“The second half was perfect, with both teams playing very well. I celebrate everything that there is to celebrate,” the Portugal star said.
“The match was very important and I’m happy for the win. It was a crazy game, the team played well and we deserved to win.”
He added: “Jose Mourinho has spoken to us and something had to change. The team played very well. We scored three goals, created more opportunities and we deserved to win.
“The important thing was to win and start well this competition. We started the season poorly in the league. The Champions League started today and we did well.”
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was left disappointed by after the game and blamed the defeat on poor defending around the box.
“We didn’t defend as we can on the edge of the box and made some mistakes – we cannot continue to defend this way and we need to resolve this problem quickly,” Mancini said.
“We played too deep and this invited problems. Madrid were better than us in the first half but we improved a lot after the break.
“We are disappointed because we were 2-1 up with five minutes to go and if you find yourself in this situation away to Real Madrid, you should pay more attention and go on and win.
“Teams can lose here, that is not a surprise but we have lost from a good position – that is the disappointment, but I was happy with our performance in the second half.”