Date: 27th February 2020 at 9:01pm
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Gabriel Jesus played in an unfamiliar role in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Real Madrid, but he was outstanding over the 90 minutes and more than played his part as the Sky Blues came from behind to win 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 22-year-old was strong in the air, seldom relinquished possession, created the second-most amount of chances on the pitch, had the joint-most shots, turned over possession multiple times and frequently took on his opponents when on the ball.

He also had a hand in both goals, first heading home City’s equaliser from a brilliant Kevin De Bruyne cross, then winning the penalty that De Bruyne tucked away to seal the win.

Against Real, Jesus had 42 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 95.2% of his 21 passes, created three chances, had four shots with 50% accuracy, made two tackles, had three successful dribbles, drew one foul and made two interceptions.

The Brazilian international has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring and creating 27 goals. His performance in the Champions League may be one of his best in a City shirt, but time will tell if the Sky Blues can do enough in the second leg to reach the quarter-finals.

How far will Manchester City go in the Champions League?

Last-16

Last-16

Quarter-final

Quarter-final

Semi-final

Semi-final

Final

Final

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