Real Madrid defender, Raphael Varane, has taken full responsibility for his side’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 second leg tie on Friday night.

Zinedine Zidane’s side were trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu and went behind at the Etihad Stadium to a Raheem Sterling goal.

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Karim Benzema netted in the first half to cancel out Sterling’s early opener, before Gabriel Jesus struck in the second half to ensure Pep Guardiola’s side qualify for the quarter-final.

However, City’s two goals came after errors from Varane, who was exposed at the defense in the absence of suspended centre-back partner, Sergio Ramos.

“This defeat is mine, I have to accept it,” Varane told reporters after the game.

“I’m responsible for this defeat. We had prepared well but you pay for your mistakes. I’m sad for my team-mates.

“At 1-1 we had the chance to qualify and today things didn’t go to plan.”


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