The only thing tighter than the champions league semifinal game was Zinedine Zidane’s trousers, which he split for the second time this season.Joe Hart has saved City so many times in the past with crucial saves, and he did so again last night, denying Pepe at point-blank range on, when the Real defender looked certain to score.Karim Benzema is also in doubt after being taken off at the break with a recurrence of the injury that forced him off at the weekend.

When Ronaldo missed the Semifinal

All eyes were on Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo after he was ruled out of the Spanish giants' team to face Manchester City in the first leg of their crunch Champions League semi-final.He may have been ruled out, but Cristiano Ronaldo still made sure he took center stage pre-game.

He sat on the Madrid bench in club attire, extravagant headphones glued to his ears, glum-faced over his enforced absence, making sure the world knew just how dismayed he was at missing the gameRonaldo posed with one eyebrow raised for a trademark selfie alongside Madrid's 19-year-old striker Borja Mayoral -- taken on a personalized phone featuring the youngster's image, name, and shirt number on the back -- as he looked relaxed, albeit not entirely thrilled, with sitting in the stands.

Manchester City take the lead

In the absence of such a superstar, Zidane’s lads lacked any creativity and enthusiasm to take the lead against a recovered Manchester side which they had captain Kompany and stars like De Bruyne and Aguero.Zidane will be confident of scoring, of course, particularly if Ronaldo is fit again, but fearful too of City on the break.

Their one chance here showed how a game can change in a matter of seconds. Had Kevin De Bruyne’s free-kick gone in, it would have spelled disaster for Madrid.

There will be an away battle

Without any doubt, Gareth Bale is an amazing superstar, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s leadership spirit and his goal scoring potential makes the Portuguesesuperstar the vital player for Madrid.Of course, the battle in Madrid next week will be crucial for Galacticos this time with a fit Ronaldo.

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