Ferdinand compares Hart to Schmeichel

Former England defender Rio Ferdinand says Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart's saves against Real Madrid reminded him of Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel.

Hart made a couple of miraculous saves in the last moments of their Champions League semi-final first leg 0-0 draw with Madrid at the Etihad Stadium to keep out powerful shots from Pepe and Casemiro on Tuesday night.

"Joe Hart has to take huge credit with two fantastic saves," Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

"One of those was Schmeichel-esque. You need your goalkeeper to play well at this stage if you've any chance of going through [to the final] and confidence is brimming from this boy.

"The top keepers, they could be out the game for 85 minutes and produce saves at the defining moments of games.

"There's a lot of keepers who can make saves every 10 minutes but when you're out the game for long periods, that's when you need to know he's there. That one chance comes and he saves you."

The tie is still in the balance heading into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu next week.