Atletico Madrid Women 1 Man City Women 1: Gemma Bonner’s header earns City crucial away goal in Spain

MANCHESTER CITY had to settle for a draw in their Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid.

Defender Gemma Bonner's first half header looked to have secured Nick Cushing's side a crucial away win in their last-32 first-leg tie.

 Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley impressed for Manchester City against Atletico

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Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley impressed for Manchester City against Atletico
 Ludmila Da Silva takes on Manchester City's Gemma Bonner

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Ludmila Da Silva takes on Manchester City's Gemma Bonner

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But City's strong resistance finally faltered in the last minute when Kenti Robles' cross deflected past Karen Bardsley.

Yet the visitors will be delighted with a draw, and an away goal, after resting key players following a busy start to the domestic season.

Captain Steph Houghton and midfielder Jill Scott were left out of Cushing's starting XI in Madrid for the first game of their continental campaign.

But it was City who started strongest with Melissa Lawley coming close after only a couple of minutes when her cross was punched clear by Atletico's goalkeeper Dolores Gallardo.

 Jill Scott tries to tackle Carmen Menayo during the game in Majadahonda

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Jill Scott tries to tackle Carmen Menayo during the game in Majadahonda

And City made their early pressure count when Bonner found the net after just 15 minutes.

Caroline Weir's corner found the former Liverpool defender, who nodded in her first City goal at the near post.

Atletico tried to reply but an impressive rearguard display, and a string of fine saves from Bardsley, kept the Spanish champions at bay.

 Nick Cushing is aiming for trophy success this season

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Nick Cushing is aiming for trophy success this season

But the England keeper could do nothing when Robles' centre looped over her head at the death.

Atletico pushed for a winner in added time but City held strong, leaving it all to play for at the Academy Stadium in two weeks time.

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MANCHESTER CITY had to settle for a draw in their Champions League clash at Atletico Madrid.