Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos equaled an infamous UEFA Champions League record in his team’s loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night
Los Blancos suffered a painful 2-1 loss to City in the first leg of their round of 16 tie at the Santiago Bernabeu and now have a mounting to climb going into the return leg at the Etihad.
Zinedine Zidane will have a huge gap to cover in England after Sergio Ramos received a straight red card in the 86th minute for a malicious challenge on Gabriel Jesus.
The Spanish centre-back tried to prevent the Brazilian forward from scoring in a one-on-one situation with Thibaut Courtois, taking him to the ground only to earn the 26th red card in his career.
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As reported by the CBSSports, the 33-year-old is now tied with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edgar Davids for the most red cards received in the UEFA Champions League.
Ramos also missed out on Real’s last-16 return leg against Ajax last season after intentionally picking up a third yellow card, thinking it would allow him to play in the quarter-finals, which Los Merengues failed to reach in the end.
His expulsion has come in the worst possible moment for his side, as the Spanish giants now have to cope with the Citizens without their defensive cornerstone.
Although Isco broke the deadlock 15 minutes inside the second half, Gabriel Jesus settled the score in the 78th minute before Daniel Carvajal brought down Raheem Sterling in the box five minutes later, gifting a penalty-kick to Kevin De Bruyne, who made no mistake from the spot.