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(...)

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(...)

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarter-final. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

It was a cold, cold weekend in late October about four and a half years ago. Close to the German border, Racing Genk were hosting Mons in Belgium’s Ju(...)

Barcelona and Spain midfielder  Sergio Busquets in action against Atletico Madrid’s   French forward Antoine Griezmann   during the Champions League quarter-final second leg football match  at the Vicente Calderon. Photograph:   Curto de la Torre/AFP/Getty Images

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said on Thursday that Barcelona’s elimination from the Champions League could help his team’s preparation for this sum(...)

Wolfsburg celebrate after beating Real Madrid. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

VfL Wolfsburg threw their stuttering season a spectacular lifeline with a 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg victory over Real Madrid on We(...)

Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany may return for their second-leg tie. Photograph: Getty Images

Kevin De Bruyne has played down talk of Manchester City now being favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals — but accepts their chances hav(...)

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 (...)