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PLAYER RATINGS: Stones and Rodri were dominant in a disciplined display by Man City

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Manchester City produced a disciplined performance to secure a fractious 0-0 draw at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals 1-0 on aggregate. 

Tensions boiled over in the closing stages and Atletico defender Felipe was sent off after receiving a second yellow card before the teams played out 12 minutes of added time.

Sportsmail’s JACK GAUGHAN rated the players.   

ATLETICO MADRID (5-4-1)

Jan Oblak – 6

Shakier than usual, coming and failing with a couple of first-half corners. Might have been tested more by the visitors.

Marcos Llorente – 6.5

Stuck to his task, which was sizeable once Phil Foden moved out to that side. Didn’t overcommit yet did enjoy getting involved in the second half.

Stefan Savic – 7

Very solid night, during which he snuffed City out when they appeared to manufacture a man over on the hunt for an opener.

Felipe – 4

Arguably could have been given his marching orders before the half-hour but made up for it later with a horrible tackle on Phil Foden.

Reinildo – 7

Tough assignment tracking runners when through balls are slipped in behind. Struggled to start with but much improved later on.

Renan Lodi – 6

A genuine left back rather than wing back and the interceptions to turn City over were deep. Roamed further forward later on.

Antoine Griezmann – 6.5

Diligent in going backwards to help out Llorente but that hampered the France international when Atletico were breaking.

Geoffrey Kondogbia – 7.5

Some big early involvements whipped up the crowd. Then was later integral in Atletico winning the midfield battle.

Koke – 5.5

Largely ineffectual; just could not find the room to demand possession and get Atletico retaining the ball in City’s half.

Thomas Lemar – 6

Threatening when coming off the Atletico left. That threat was never truly followed up with any conviction, however.

Joao Felix – 6.5

Led the line admirably with very little help for much of it. Felix was feeding off scraps but tried to hold his own physically.

Subs

Yannick Carrasco (for Griezmann 69) 6.5

Rodrigo De Paul (for Koke 69) 6

Angel Correa (for Lodi 69) 7

Luis Suarez (for Lemar 82)

Matheus Cunha (for Felix 82)

Subs not used: Lecomte, Wass, Hermoso, Vrsaljko, Serrano

Manager: Diego Simeone 5

His side had played brilliantly for much of the second half but the scenes in stoppage time were disgraceful.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-1-4-1)

Ederson – 7

Played the sweeper-keeper role immaculately on a number of occasions. Faced his first shot of either leg in the 36th minute.

Kyle Walker – 6

Took the right back – playing in Europe for the first time since December – some time to acclimatise to the game. Off injured.

John Stones – 8

Won everything in the air and the most authoritative member of City’s back four. Positionally sound when covering Walker.

Aymeric Laporte – 7

Distribution not at his usual high standards but defensively solid – especially in the rare event he was one-on-one.

Joao Cancelo – 6.5

Mistimed header almost contributed to Atletico taking the lead near the hour. Good was mixed with bad all night.

Rodri – 7.5

Whoever City sign to fill the void left by Fernandinho has a job on to displace Rodri. Commanding display to go with the rest.

Riyad Mahrez – 6.5

Some noticeable defence-splitting through balls and jinking runs. Could have taken better options when City broke at pace.

Ilkay Gundogan – 6.5

Delicate passing in the middle third often opened Atletico up. Should really have scored when striking the post before half-time.

Kevin De Bruyne – 7

The Belgian was everywhere again. Gives as much when pressing as he does with the ball at his feet. Came off with an ankle injury.

Bernardo Silva – 6

Unusually quiet. Possession was not sticking as you might expect from the distinguished Portuguese, who was often crowded.

Phil Foden – 6.5

Took a heavy early blow from Felipe but continued bandaged up and looked threatening when on the left.

Subs

Raheem Sterling (for De Bruyne 65) 6

Nathan Ake (for Walker 73) 6

Fernandinho (for Silva 78)

Subs not used: Steffen, Carson, Dias, Grealish, Zinchenko, Delap, Edozie, McAtee, Lavia

Manager: Pep Guardiola – 6.5

City lost control after the break and Guardiola will be disappointed that he didn’t have the chance to rest some stars.

Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER) – 4

Allowed a lot to go, particularly early on. And that is why the game descended into anarchy. Terrible performance.



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