Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, Jese and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate after beating Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final at the Bernebeu. Photo: Gerard Julien/Getty Images

There was a brave wave, a sad trudge off, and now for Vincent Kompany in the coming days surely more soul-searching as Manchester City’s captain conte(...)

  Ronaldo  warms up during Real Madrid’s  training session at the Valdebebas sports city ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday. Photograph: Fernando Alvarado/EPA

Cristiano Ronaldo has been passed fit for the second leg of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, coach Zinedine Zidane h(...)

Southampton striker Shane Long opens the scoring in the Premier League game against Manchester City  at St Mary’s. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Southampton 4 Manchester City 2 Not the best preparation for Real Madrid, nor the best message to Manchester United. This was as comfortable an after(...)

Gareth Bale only flickered sporadically during Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City. Photograph: Epa

In the end Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t make it out on to the pitch at the Etihad. He wasn’t the only one. Midway through the second half on a still, clea(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is tackled by Nicolas Ottamendi of Manchester City during their Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: PA

1) No sign of stage fright from Pellegrini’s men This was Manchester City’s first European Cup semi-final and Real Madrid’s 27th yet there was no s(...)

Manchester City’s Joe Hart saves from Real Madrid’s Pepe during the sides’ Champions League semi-final clash. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Manchester City 0 Real Madrid 0 The most important factor for Manchester City, reflecting on a night of surprising torpor, is that they at least pr(...)

Andrea Pirlo dinks the ball down the middle as the momentum swings Italy’s way in their Euro 2012 shootout with England. Photograph: Getty

Euro 2012: England 0 Italy 0 (Italy win 4-2 on penalties) June 24th 2012 As he approached the twilight of his career in Europe - before he signed fo(...)

Newcastle United’s Vurnon Anita scores past Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart during the Premier League game at St James’ Park. Photograph:  Andrew Yates/Reuters/Livepic

Newcastle United 1 Manchester City 1 With Cheik Tioté and Moussa Sissoko back to their imperious best Newcastle United not only hinted at the tanatal(...)

 Sergio Agüero celebrates his hat-trick with his   Manchester City  team-mates during the premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Chelsea 0 Manchester City 3 Sergio Agüero scored a hat-trick and Kevin De Bruyne starred on his return to Stamford Bridge as Manchester City defeated(...)

A view of the scoreboard in the 90th minute. Photo: Reuters

The sight of David Luiz pulling down Sergio Agüero virtually from kick-off cheered the visiting fans. It meant the unpredictable Brazilian was booked (...)