Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points as Citizens sting Real, into quarter-finals

Manchester City players celebrate with Gabriel Jesus after his second-half strike sunk Real Madrid

Raphael Varane’s catastrophic defensive errors will dominate headlines, but Manchester City were rewarded for their intense pressing from the front against La Liga champions Real Madrid. What were five talking points here, as Pep Guardiola’s men booked their place in next week’s Champions League quarter-finals?

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France 1-0 Belgium: Umtiti’s header breaks Belgians in smash-and-grab victory

France's Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

France are through to the 2018 World Cup final after a 1-0 victory over Belgium in a tense semi-final encounter in St Petersburg. Both sides fashioned great chances, although the deadlock was finally broken after the interval where Samuel Umtiti leaped above Marouane Fellaini from a corner before heading beyond Thibaut Courtois at the near post.

In a real battle, Les Bleus came out on top and have plenty of players to thank – namely the goalscorer, his centre-back partner Raphael Varane for immense displays at the back, as well as goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for a string of impressive saves to keep the scores goalless in the first-half.   Continue reading