Manchester City vs Real Madrid Champions League: City eliminated from CL on penalties

Manchester City vs Real Madrid Champions League: This was a very entertaining match in which City dominated.

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid Champions League: City’s Bernardo Silva fights for the ball with Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid Champions League: The return leg of the Champions League quarter-finals was as exciting as it could be, even though the previous match was full of goals, ending 3-3 and giving Manchester City the advantage. The second match will be played at its home ground, Etihad Stadium. This was a match in which two of Europe’s most successful managers in Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti would face each other and one was certain to lose. And it was none other than Pep Guardiola.

The saddest thing for City fans was that their team could not turn on their goalscoring potential despite dominating the match.

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The match started with a draw and both sides tried to free up space for the players in front but had little success. However, it was Madrid who managed to have the first shot on goal with Eduardo Camavinga trying to curl the ball into the far corner but Ederson made an easy save. That was in the 11th minute.

Barely a minute later – goal! Real Madrid went ahead with ease and Rodrigo put the ball into the net from close range! It silenced Etihad! Real lead City 4–3 on aggregate.
While Rodrygo may have been the man to score, Vinicius Junior was the one who did all the hard work of getting into the City box and scoring the ball for Rodrygo.

The Brazilian forward was first denied by a superb snap save from Ederson, but the rebound was easily finished.

Now the city was left with no option but to attack. And that’s what they did, but they were unable to create any chances to put the ball in the net, while Real Madrid’s defense did a great job of marking all of City’s dangerous players.

The best effort came when Haaland managed to hit the bar with a header, but his luck ran out before the goal.
City were intent on attacking play, this left gaps at the back which Vinicius took advantage of with his amazing pace and his pass to Dani Carvajal almost led to another goal only to be denied by a City defender in the 19th minute. An indiscriminate slide was also done.

City were in complete control of the match until the 40th minute, but were trailing. City had 61-39 ball possession and took 10 shots on goal while Madrid had just five.

It was also clear that Real Madrid were approaching the half-time whistle to get a breather from their defence. Half-time score – Real Madrid 4 – City 3 (aggregate).

As the first half ended, the second half began – City tried to break into Real Madrid’s defence, but without success. From Jack Grealish, Foden to Haaland, they gave everything in attack, but the final pass was always beyond their reach.
One statistic that indicated City’s dominance was that the team won 13 corner kicks while Real Madrid did not win any.

It was time for Guardiola to do something. He made the difficult choice of taking Grealish off in the 73rd minute, even though the player was proving very effective, and brought on Jeremy Doku.

And goal!

Barely 3 minutes after the substitution, Kevin De Bruyne, who was having an uncharacteristically long night, slammed one in to level the scores. City restored the lead – they’re playing at home, remember?

A cross from the left was not cleared properly by Antonio Rudiger and the ball came to De Bruyne and he hit it from only 7 yards.

And just 2 minutes later, De Bruyne had the best chance to put City ahead, but he wasted it. He had a chance to shoot from just outside the box, but the brilliant Andrey Lunin managed to direct it wide of the goal.

Now, it was time for Ancelotti to make some changes and he brought in old war horse Luka Modric for Toni Kroos.

However, soon after, De Bruyne got another chance to score. From the left side of the box, fed by the indomitable Doku, a completely unmarked De Bruyne fired at him. Amazing scene at the Etihad, when everyone held their heads and started groaning loudly!

Did he kick the trophy away? This question was in every fan’s mind.

Four minutes of extra time did not help resolve the deadlock and it ended 4–4 on aggregate.

Extra Time

The biggest point of the extra time period was that Guardiola replaced Haaland with Julian Alvarez! And it was a surprisingly difficult decision, but considering that the only chance he got was to crash at the bar, it was a well-considered decision. Alvarez brought new enthusiasm and a wide range of skills to the match for City.

Doku was casting a wonderful spell over the Madrid defense and once City actually came close to scoring with his pass into the 6 yard box on the left. However, no one was even aware of it.

These were all chances City ultimately regretted missing.

The fate of the tie at the Altiumtale was decided by penalties and Real Madrid maintained their nerve to win it and that too at the Etihad, knocking the defending champions out of the tournament, also ending their bid for the treble.


.Thus the punishment ended.

Manchester City: 1 x 1 1

Real Madrid: X 1 1 1 1

Penalty score: City 3, Madrid 4

By the scheduled time the match had ended in a 1-1 draw.

Before the match – Teams
Manchester City (4-2-3-1)

ederson; Kyle Walker (captain), Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Josco Guardiol; Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish; erling holland

Coach: Pep Guardiola (ESP)

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1)

Andrey Lunin; Dani Carvajal (captain), Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Fede Valverde, Jude Bellingham, Rodrigo Goes; Vinicius Junior

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