Player ratings as Guardiola narrowly wins football chess

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Manchester City will take a 1-0 lead into their Champions League quarter-final second leg after grinding out a narrow win over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game, but most credit goes to substitute Phil Foden who made the decisive impact by creating that winner moments after coming on.

In a tactical chess match of the highest order – anyone other than the purist of the purists would say boring – clear chances in the first half were few and far between. Neither side mustered a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes and the best opportunity for either came when Ilkay Gundogan failed to make contact with a teasing cross in from the right flank.

The hosts, who are so used to cutting through opponents, lacked the energy and incisiveness to really give Diego Simeone’s well-drilled defence problems.

City had a soft penalty appeal waved away in the closing stages of the first half when De Bruyne fell under minimal pressure between two Atletico defenders.



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