As Real Madrid prepares to take on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the Champions League, we look back at the Spanish giants’ last five outings in England.
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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
This was arguably Real Madrid’s best performance under Carlo Ancelotti as Brendan Rodgers’ side were easily swept aside in the group stage with a brace from Karim Benzema and a wonderful finish from Cristiano Ronaldo, all before half-time. Madrid were in a rich vein of form at the time and comfortably beat Barcelona 3-1 at the Bernabeu a few days later.
Man United 1-2 Real Madrid
Last 16; March 5, 2013
After Danny Welbeck’s goal for United secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the return meeting at Old Trafford was finely poised as Sergio Ramos’s own goal allowed the English team to put one foot in the quarter-finals. But Nani’s sending off changed the game and Madrid immediately took over, with Luka Modric curling a brilliant leveller before Ronaldo struck the winner and refused to celebrate.
Man City 1-1 Real Madrid
Group stage; November 21, 2012
With Madrid through to the knockout stage, Roberto Mancini’s City desperately needed a win. Benzema’s opener was deserved following a strong start from Los Blancos, before City were given renewed hope with a penalty, converted by Sergio Aguero, which also saw Alvaro Arbeloa sent off. But they couldn’t find their way past Iker Casillas again and were eliminated at the group stage.
Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid
Quarter-final; April 13, 2011
This tie was already effectively over thanks to Madrid’s thumping 4-0 victory in the first leg, which featured two goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and further strikes from Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo against Spurs who had Peter Crouch recklessly sent off in the early stages. The formality of the return leg was settled with a goal from Ronaldo, giving his team a 5-0 aggregate victory.
Liverpool 4-0 Real Madrid
Last 16; March 10, 2009
Liverpool had already established a solid lead, with a goal from Yossi Benayoun giving the Reds a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu. And they hammered home the advantage in the return leg against Juande Ramos’ sorry troops. Fernando Torres and a Steven Gerrard penalty made it 2-0 at half-time, before a second for Gerrard and a late Andrea Dossena goal completed the rout.