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Having bossed the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, where he set up the equaliser and calmly slotted home the winner from the spot, De Bruyne was again at his breaktaking best in another 2-1 win for City against the La Liga winners.
The Belgian created a total of nine chances in the game, including an inexplicable through ball for Raheem Sterling in the second half, as City progressed to the quarter finals in Lisbon courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate victory.
And at the end of the game, Kroos, himself a classy midfield operator, looked in awe of De Bruyne. His team had just been dumped out of the competition but he was beaming with a smile as he shook hands and embraced his opposite number.
Toni Kroos amazed by De Bruyne, what a playerspic.twitter.com/s4YBO4efGp- ✵ (@ModricEle) August 8, 2020
The expression on Kroos' face says it all about the type of monster De Bruyne is.pic.twitter.com/strkWgMZfH- Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) August 8, 2020
City went 1-0 up early on in the ninth minute when Raphael Varane was pressed high by Gabriel Jesus in his own box, the Brazilian squaring for Sterling to open the scoring.
Real talisman Karim Benzema headed home an equaliser in the 28th minute and give Los Blancos some hope, but Varane produced another costly error in the second half when his mistimed header allowed Jesus to nip in and score a second for the hosts.
After beating the 13-time European champions home and away,Pep Guardiola's side will now take on Lyon in the quarter final in Lisbon after the French outfit got past Juventus on away goals after a 2-2 score on aggregate.
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