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Charlyn Corral gives Atlético Madrid upper hand against Manchester City

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Janine Beckie scores Manchester City's first goal.

A late goal by prolific scorer Charlyn Corral gave Atletico Madrid a precious away goal and a draw against Manchester City.

City took the lead with Janine Beckie before Corral, who scored 86 goals in 117 appearances for Levante before joining Atlético, ensuring the Blues face a tough lap.

The most attractive draw of the round did not exactly match that shot. In Lauren Hemp, who was making his third appearance of the season after a shoulder injury, City had the brightest player on the field.

At 19, Carmen Menayo and defender Aïssatou Tounkara were tattered. It was the result of his low effort that was saved by Dutch goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal that led to the goal.

A lack of space saw City advance again and Keira Walsh threw a ball in the middle, which deflected, but ran gently towards Beckie, who placed it coldly on the roof of the net with his first touch.

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It was their fifth goal of the season and they all made it to the Champions League. City may have taken the lead, but Atletico could have punished him in the opening minutes. A free kick from the edge of the box, after Ludmila was knocked over, was directed only for Ellie Roebuck to acrobatically clear the ball. He landed on Duggan in the six-yard area, but the former City striker could only direct him over the bar. Instead of stimulating the visiting side, this would be the team's only real chance, with City dominating possession and shaking the ball.

England right-back Demi Stokes has returned to City's starting lineup and has cleverly combined with Hemp, with shades of partnership Lucy Bronze and Nikita Parris in their liaison game and Jill Scott characteristically backing the flank from within.

Janine Beckie scores Manchester City's first goal. Photo: Martin Rickett / PA

With over 30 minutes played Beckie almost doubled the lead. Scott, watching her run to the right, threw the ball at her, but Menayo recovered enough to prevent her from facing off against Van Veenendaal.

At halftime, City manager Nick Cushing would be significantly happier with his team's laid-back but guaranteed performance than the performance against the La Liga champions here last year. In the 32nd round, a valuable away goal from Madrid, tempered by Robles's equalizer on 89 minutes, was thrown away in four minutes in Manchester. Atletico doubled their advantage at halftime. So City found no answer, looking decidedly out of step.

This time they were facing a very different team from Atletico, who were beaten 6-1 by Barcelona in the second game of the season and with a new coach, Pablo López, a game after José Luis Sánchez Vera's shocking match – for reasons personal.

The city is also a very different side. More for the season, they are more fit and updated than they were against Atlético last year. Atletico tied in the equalizer in the second half.

With less than 10 minutes played, Ludmilla Silva swept right and cut inside, but Roebuck equalized almost with his effort at the post. Struggling to break City's command line, which had suffered once in seven games, Maria Santos tried to catch Roebuck in the distance but only managed to pass the ball over the bar.

Hemp should have doubled the lead after a burst on the left, but Laia Aleixandri threw the body in the way.

They were punished. Ludmilla jumped right, shoulder to shoulder with Stokes and, having taken advantage of the defender, entered the middle for Corral to enter.

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