Atltico Madrid and Manchester City drew 1-1 in the Spanish capital to leave their Womens Champions League last-32 tie in the balance
Manchester City could not quite make it over the line, their resistance finally broken a minute from time. With the visitors leading thanks to a Gemma Bonner header, Atltico Madrid scored. The clock showed 89 minutes and it was a deflection that did it, Kenti Robless ball looping up over Karen Bardsley, but while there was fortune Atltico had sought its favour. There could be no complaints from City when the hosts finally equalised, and so this Champions League tie will be settled in a fortnights time.
It will not be easy, City know. Atltico are easily the best team in Spain, their coach, Mark Cushing, said afterwards, having witnessed Spains league and cup winners first hand. City had held Atltico at bay for so long, Jen Beattie and Bonner heading clear cross after cross. Cushing admitted they had kept it at 1-0 and lauded a defensive side his team are rarely required to draw upon.
The night had started well for City, with Melissa Lawley forcing the corner from which they scored the opener. Caroline Weir clipped it towards the near post where Bonner leapt above Aurlie Kaci to head her first goal for the club. Atltico, though, worked their way into the game, momentum building as the first half progressed and even more so when the second half did. City no longer exercised the control Keira Walsh had initially imposed, although there was always a sense of danger when they came forward even if a couple of times Lawley and Nikita Parris lacked the precision to go with their pace.
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