Late double gives Manchester City hope of reaching Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City struck twice late on to claim a stunning comeback victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne, the latter from the penalty spot, netted in the final 12 minutes as City beat the Spanish giants 2-1 on a famous night at the Bernabeu Stadium.

The result put City, who are banned from the competition for the next two years, in sight of a place in the quarter-finals. The second leg of the last-16 tie is at the Etihad Stadium in three weeks.

City have a big fight to come as they appeal against their expulsion over Financial Fair Play breaches but, for now, this was something to savour.

"I'm happy for the victory, of course, and the performance as well," said boss Pep Guardiola, who as a former Barcelona captain and manager had even greater reason to celebrate.

"But it is still not over. If there is one team in the world that can overcome anything it is this club.

Pep Guardiola

Guardiola had sprung a surprise by naming fit-again Raheem Sterling and top scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench and playing striker Jesus on the left wing, but his plan worked brilliantly.