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Last-minute Ronaldo strike sinks Manchester City

Published on Sep 19, 2012 5:53 AM
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates with teammate Pepe after scoring a goal against Manchester City during their Champions League Group D soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Sept 18, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Cristiano Ronaldo struck a last-minute winner as Real Madrid beat Manchester City 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League clash that saw all the goals come in a nerve-wracking final 22 minutes.

Real came back twice through Marcelo and Karim Benzema to level the game after substitutes Edin Dzeko and Alexsandar Kolarov had put City ahead.

And then up stepped Ronaldo to give the home side a deserved three points to kick start their Champions League Group D campaign.

Real coach Jose Mourinho decided on a number of changes in the face of growing criticism in the Spanish capital after a disappointing start to his team's league season.

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