By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Two costly errors from French center-half Raphael Varane was enough to gift an absent Riyad Mahrez and his city teammates through to the quarter-finals of the champions League.
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez had big numbers in the reversed fixture, but didn’t get game time at the Ethihad stadium.
This is the fourth consecutive time the dancing feet Algerian is reaching this level after he did in the 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and now 2019/20 seasons.
Real Madrid started the game without their emblematic skipper Sergio Ramos who was serving his suspension on the stands, after seeing direct red in the first leg.
Real Madrid had to do with a strange center-half pairing of Eder Militao and Raphael Varane.
The Citizens puffed their cheeks with delight at the 9th minute when Gabriel Jesus caught Raphael Varane napping on a high press mounted against Madrid, before squaring for Raheem Sterling who made it 1-0.
Fellow countryman Kareem Benzema looked to have vindicated Varane with a 28 minute equaliser before the pose.
Needing just a single goal to level matters up on aggregate, in a game that was delicately poised, Varane’s back pass appeared short for Courtois and perfectly waited for Gabriel Jesus who at that point, scored the winner.
Gabriel Jesus’ 68 minute goal was pretty much that, as Manchester City calmed the tempo and finished comfortable 4-2 winner’s on aggregate.
However, Mahrez has never gone past this stage as he has failed in all attempts against Atletico (with Leicester City), Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Mahrez has so far played six games in the UCL, scoring one and assisting five.
Manchester City will face surprised quarterfinalists Lyon on Saturday August 15.
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