Real Madrid vs Man City live score, result, updates, lineups as Guardiola benches De Bruyne in Champions League

Real Madrid and Manchester City renew their UEFA Champions League rivalry in the first leg of a keenly anticipated quarterfinal clash at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It is the third season in succession that Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s sides will face off against one another. City ran out 5-1 aggregate winners thanks to a dominant semifinal, second-leg triumph at the Etihad Stadium last season.

The Premier League champions then went on to lift the trophy, as Madrid did in 2022 after Rodrygo inspired an astonishing late turnaround to down City in the Spanish capital.

The Sporting News is following Real Madrid vs. Man City live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

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Real Madrid vs Man City live score

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Projected lineups:

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2 right to left): Lunin (GK) — Carvajal, Tchouameni, Rudiger, Mendy — Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos — Bellingham — Valverde, Rodrygo.

Man City (4-2-3-1 right to left): Ortega (GK) — Akanji Stones, Dias, Gvardiol — Rodri, Kovacic  — Silva, Foden, Grealish — Haaland.

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Real Madrid vs Man City live updates, highlights, and commentary

55 minutes before kickoff: A little bit more on that surprise Manchester City team news. City have briefed journalists in the Santiago Bernabeu and the line is that Kevin De Bruyne is feeling unwell. In what appears to have been a late change of plan, Guardiola has reverted to what he cherishes more than anything else on these occasions – the midfielder who can give him the “extra pass”. On other times De Bruyne has been unavailable this season, and there was a five-month recovery from hamstring surgery, the City manager tended to favour Julian Alvarez in an attacking midfield role. You sense Guardiola felt that would have been too bold a move in a high-stakes game,

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1 hr 10 mins before kickoff: Pep Guardiola springs one of his Champions League night surprises by leaving Kevin De Bruyne on the bench. That means a start for Mateo Kovacic alongside Rodri in central midfield and Phill Foden as the No. 10 behind Erling Haaland. Kovacic’s Croatia team-mate Josko Gvardiol has passed a late fitness test to start at left-back, while Stefan Ortega keeps his place in goal ahead of Ederson.

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1 hr 45 mins before kickoff: The Real Madrid team is in. Carlo Ancelotti loves an early team news drop for a big Champions League game. If anything, he’s cutting in a bit fine by his own standards. Aurelin Tchouameni will partner Antonio Rudiger at centre-back, meaning a midfield three of Fede Valverde, Edouardo Camavinga and Toni Kroos, with Jude Bellingham operating behind Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior as expected.

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2 hours before kickoff: A further update on those extra security measures being taken outside the stadium in light of the ISIS terror threats against this week’s Champions League quarterfinals. Sky Sports News reports the efforts have been “ramped up” as kickoff approaches, with a large police presence on each corner of the stadium. Police vans are stationed where the teams enter the stadium and manhole covers around the Santiago Bernabeu have been lifted and checked.

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Real Madrid granted wish to close Bernabeu roof against Man City

2 hrs 30 mins before kickoff: Madrid are hoping their fans create a hostile atmosphere against Manchester City and raise the roof. Not literally, of course. It didn’t come cheap.

At a meeting with UEFA match delegates and Tuesday’s referee Francois Letexier, Madrid were granted permission to close the roof of their recently renovated stadium. The roof of the now 85,000-capacity stadium was also closed when Madrid face RB Leipzig in the last 16.

However hostile things get at one of European football’s great venues, former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is keen for City to meet fire with fire.  “We cannot come here just to control the game. We have to come here to try to hurt them, to punish them, to let them feel we are here and score goals. That is what we have to do,” he said. “But we are talking about Real Madrid, who have the ability to control many aspects of the game. We have to impose our game with who we are.”

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Champions League matches to go ahead amid ISIS terror threat

3 hrs 15 mins before kickoff: Tonight and tomorrow’s quarterfinals in Madrid and this week’s other Champions League matches in London and Paris will take place against the backdrop of a terror threat purportedly linked to Islamic State (ISIS).

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A statement from UEFA said Real Madrid vs. Manchester City, Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona would go ahead as planned.

“UEFA is aware of alleged terrorist threats made towards this week’s UEFA Champions League matches and is closely liaising with the authorities at the respective venues,” the statement said. “All matches are planned to go ahead as scheduled with appropriate security arrangements in place.”

French interior minister Gerald Darmanin told Sky News that security would be “considerably reinforced in Paris after the “communication from Islamic State which is particularly aimed at stadiums”.

Paris suffered terror attacks on November 13, 2015, with the Stade de France one of the locations targeted by suicide bombers as France played Germany in an international friendly. ISIS claimed responsibility for the atrocities in which 130 people were killed.

4 hours before kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News live coverage of the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal showdown between 14-time winners Real Madrid and holders Manchester City.

Real Madrid vs Man City kick off time

This Champions League clash takes place at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain and kicks off on Tuesday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. local time.

Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories:

  Date Kickoff time
USA Tue, Apr. 9 3:00 p.m. ET
Canada Tue, Apr. 9 3:00 p.m. ET
UK Tue, Apr. 9 8:00 p.m. BST
India Wed, Apr. 10 12:30 a.m. IST

Real Madrid vs Man City lineups, team news

Carlo Ancelotti is without Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba through injury as City land in Madrid. The veteran Italian coach opted for Aurelien Tchouameni over Nacho at centre-back.

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2 right to left): Lunin (GK) — Carvajal, Tchouameni, Rudiger, Mendy — Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos — Bellingham — Valverde, Rodrygo.

Real Madrid subs (12): Kepa (GK), Fran, Militao, Nacho, Modric, Joselu, Vazquez, Ceballos, Fran Garcia, Diaz, Guler.

Josko Gvardiol travelled to Madrid and passed a late fitness test after being replaced at halftime during Saturday’s 4-2 win over Crystal Palace. Fellow defenders Kyle Walker and Nathan Ake have not recovered in time, while star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was left on the bench despite scoring twice at the weekend.

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Man City (3-2-4-1 right to left): Ortega (GK) — Akanji Stones, Dias, Gvardiol — Rodri, Kovacic  — Silva, Foden, Grealish — Haaland.

Man City subs (12): Ederson (GK), Carson (GK), Doku, De Bruyne, Alvarez, Gomez, Nunes, Bobb, Susho, Lewis.

Real Madrid vs Man City live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Champions League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA UniMas, TUDN Paramount+,
ViX, Univision NOW, TUDN app, Fubo


UK TNT Sports 2 discovery+
India JioTV, Sony LIV

USA: Champions League matches are available to stream on Paramount+ (English). New users can currently get a FREE seven-day trial.

ViX and UniMas are the place to go for Spanish subscribers with Fubo also offering streaming access and a FREE trial to new subscribers.

Canada: Every Champions League game streams live on DAZN.

UK: This match will be broadcast on TNT Sports 2 and streamed on discovery+.

India: JioTV and Sony LIV are the live streaming options for this game.

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