REAL MADRID - MANCHESTER CITY
Only two English clubs have won in Europe at the Bernabéu
Real Madrid have won 50 per cent of their meetings with English opposition at the Bernabeu in Europe and lost just two.
Real Madrid's home record in Europe against English opposition is pretty good: out of the 14 games played against English sides at the Santiago Bernabéu, the home team have won seven, drawn five and lost two - both at the Last 16 stage. The first, was against Arsène Wenger's Arsenal in 2006 - Thierry Henry's second half strike was enough to knock Madrid out of the competition. The second home defeat came three years later against Rafa Benítez's Liverpool - Yossi Benayoun's late header giving the Reds an advantage going into the return at Anfield. Curiously, Madrid lost both games by the minimum and with Italian referees in charge...
Madrid have fared better since then, winning three of the following four visits by English clubs Tottenham (2011), Manchester City (2012) and Liverpool (2014); The most famous victory came against Derby County in the European Cup First Knockout Round in 1975; Charlie George hit a hat trick at the Baseball Ground as Derby took a 4-1 advantage to Madrid. Miraculously, the locals managed to turn it around, levelling the tie with Santillana scoring the winner in extra-time.
But Los Blancos cannot afford a score draw tomorrow night - a result which has happened five times against English teams.They were dumped out of the UEFA Cup by Bobby Robson's Ipswich Town in 1973 after the return leg in the capital ended without goals (Mick Mills the unlikely hero scoring the only goal at Portman Road); it was the other way around when they met Tottenham in the same competition in March 1985 - Ray Clemence was beaten by Emilio Butragueño at White Hart Lane in the first leg and a 0-0 draw at the Bernabéu was enough for the madridistas to progress to the semis. Manchester United have come away from the 'White House' with a draw twice - it ended 3-3 in the 1968 semi-final, and 1-1 in the Last 16 meeting in February 2013 - Cristiano cancelling out Danny Welbeck's opener.