Player ratings as Guardiola narrowly wins football chess

Manchester City will take a 1-0 lead in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-finals after posting a narrow victory over Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

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

In a game of tactical chess at the highest level (anyone but the purist of purists would say boring), clear chances in the first half were few and far between. Neither team fired a single shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes and the best chance for both came when Ilkay Gundogan failed to make contact with a taunting cross from the right flank.

The hosts, who are so used to running through opponents, lacked the energy and incisiveness to really cause problems for Diego Simeone’s well-coached defence.

City had a soft penalty appeal that was rejected in the closing stages of the first half when De Bruyne came down under minimal pressure between two Atletico defenders.

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