Manchester City have this evening confirmed that the club’s upcoming showdown with Real Madrid has been postponed due to fears over the spread of the coronavirus.
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Pep Guardiola’s men were due to welcome the Spanish giants to Manchester next week, for the 2nd-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
The opener between the clubs two weeks ago eventually saw City emerge with a hugely-impressive 2-1 win.
After Isco had handed Real the lead at the Bernabeu on the hour mark, the Premier League champions quickly turned not only the clash, but the tie on its head, with a late comeback.
Gabriel Jesus first pulled the Citizens level a little over 10 minutes from time, before Kevin De Bruyne clinched a historic City victory from the penalty spot in the 83rd-minute.
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As outlined above, however, the hotly-anticipated return-leg, due to take place at the Etihad next Tuesday, has this evening been officially postponed.
Manchester City confirmed the news a short time ago, in a post across the club’s social media platforms.
The decision, made in conjunction with UEFA, came on the back of Zinedine Zidane’s Real squad being placed in isolation for 15 days, following news that a member of Los Blancos’ basketball team had tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
City’s statement regarding the situation is showcased in full below:
The decision to postpone Tuesday’s game was made in conjunction with UEFA and follows confirmation that players from Real Madrid will self-isolate for fifteen days, after it emerged that a player from the club’s basketball team tested positive for COVID-19.
The Club sends its best wishes to the players and staff at Real Madrid’s football and basketball teams.
Further information regarding the rescheduled date and related ticketing information will follow in due course.
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— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 12, 2020