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Champions League

Sergio Ramos' red card rules him out of Man City second leg

With the Champions League Last 16 first leg at the Santiago Bernabéu entering the final few minutes, Los Blancos' captain saw red for a foul on Gabriel Jesús.


It was, for many, the eye-catching tie of the round. Manchester City, under the leadership of Barça legend Pep Guardiola, had been drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League Last 16. Emotions swung both ways across the first leg at the Bernabéu, and Los Blancos will be without their influential captain, Sergio Ramos, for the return.

Ramos suspended for City second leg

Despite the Premier League champions having the best of things, it was Isco that had given Zinedine Zidane's team the lead on the hour. That lasted almost 20 minutes before Gabriel Jesús headed home a De Bruyne cross, arguably giving Ramos a nudge before scoring.

Then, as a slightly deflated home side tried to get something more from the game, disaster struck. Dani Carvajal brought down a scampering Raheem Sterling in the area, and De Bruyne made no mistake from the spot. The scoreline wasn't to change before the final whistle but an important other fact was.

Referee Daniele Orsato has a word with Zidane.
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Referee Daniele Orsato has a word with Zidane.JuanJo MartínEFE

In the 86th minute, a careless pass from Casemiro was latched onto by Jesús and as the Brazilian striker sprinted towards goal, Ramos gave him a nudge on the edge of the box. A free-kick was awarded to the English side and the defender was given his marching orders. Zidane will now have to make plans without being able to call upon his Champions League mainstay.

As for City, they'll also be missing a player through suspension. Benjamin Mendy was booked in the first half meaning he'll miss his side's home leg. Another question mark lies over the availability of Laporte, who was taken off injured.


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