Cristiano Ronaldo was missing in action and there were no goals in the first leg UEFA Champions League semi final clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium om Tuesday night.
Sergio Aguero and the other strikers on parade toiled for all 90 minutes but they had nothing to show for their efforts as the keeper at both ends made sure no ball went into their net.
It was a night of different fate as Kelechi Iheanacho’s dream to play against Spanish giants Real Madrid was fulfilled on Tuesday night.
Iheanacho came on as a 38th minute replacement for David Silva who copped an injury in the first leg semi final clash after his late challenge on Gareth Bale.
Hard as the Nigerian youngster tried, he was unable to replicate his goal scoring performance for the Citizens that have reached this stage of this competition for the first time in their history and it is actually their first European semi-final of any kind since 1971, when they faced Schalke 04 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
The build-up to Tuesday’s game was overshadowed by the news that Cristiano Ronaldo will not be available to add to his 16 goals tally in the Champions League.
With no goals from the Etihad despite the late attempts from both teams, attention will shift to the Santiago Bernabeau to see who will make the Milan finals next month.
It should the noted that this two teams last clashed in the group stage of the 2012-13 competition – Real Madrid recorded a 3-2 victory in Madrid, but the points were shared in a 1-1 draw in this particular stadium.