Manchester City completed a stunning come back at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne. Kevin De Bruyne's penalty spot kick put manchester city in a 2-1 goal advantage as they go into the second leg Champions League last-16 tie.
No doubt Manchester City's issues from the spot were going through the Belgian's mind
But there needn't have been any worries in the heads of City fans, players or coaching staff. De Bruyne coolly slotted to his left, calmly placing his kick right into the bottom corner with the kind of assuredness we have come to expect from the midfield dynamo.
Despite being the better side for much of a frenetic encounter in Spain, City – who lost Aymeric Laporte to injury in the first half – looked set to be heading for a defeat when Isco put Madrid ahead on the hour. But De Bruyne, a peripheral figure in the first half, led the fightback, supplying the cross from which Gabriel Jesus headed home an equaliser before coolly slotting in from 12 yards after Dani Carvajal had brought down substitute Raheem Sterling.
It was a just reward for an exceptional display from De Bruyne, who was the driving force behind much of City's best moves, laying on an unmatched four key passes.
Understandably De Bruyne will take many of the plaudits following City's impressive 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu, but Gabriel Jesus more than played his part with a selfless, yet similarly crucial role.
Although initially appearing to be lining up as a lone frontman, Jesus started the contest from the left and worked tirelessly on the flank, tracking back but also proving a lively presence in attack. The 22-year-old ended up with four shots – no one on the pitch had more – despite being asked to play such a role.
Jesus' locale on the left actually led to him carving out the first chance of the match as he darted into the box from his wide position, cut inside Sergio Ramos and shot at Thibaut Courtois. With the Manchester city players mesmerizing, Madrid's frustrations were compounded with four minutes remaining, with captain Sergio Ramos seeing red for a last-man challenge on Jesus as City secured a lead to take back to Manchester.
Guardiola made a bold move in selecting Jesus ahead of the ever-reliable Aguero, but the Argentinian could never have produced a comparable display in such a role.
And from the match its clear that Jesus more than justified Guardiola's faith – his industriousness and work ethic effectively inspiring one of the most famous results in City's history.