…Second leg at Bernabeu to decide both teams fate
Manchester City will take a slight 4-3 advantage to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu for their Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid after the two sides played out a breathtaking seven-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
This is coming as expectation has been shifted to their second leg encounter at the Bernabeu which will be the sole decider.
Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t have looked more different on the sidelines on the night, with the Catalan as animated as ever while the Italian looked as cool as ever all while the game descended into beautiful chaos in front of them.
City came out flying from the start and Kevin De Bruyne had them in front inside two minutes, heading home from close range. That lead was doubled by Gabriel Jesus with just 10 minutes played and Real Madrid were at risk of collapsing and letting the tie slip.
The hosts had chances to make it 3-0, but failed to take them and were punished by Karim Benzema. With what was barely even a half-chance, the Frenchman turned in a gorgeously glanced volley from the edge of Ederson’s area with half an hour played.
Phil Foden restored City’s two-goal advantage shortly after half time after he himself had missed a big chance. But Real Madrid don’t know when they’re beaten, and Vinicius Junior scored a stunning goal to halve that deficit again, with a run and finish similar to that of Gareth Bale against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final at Mestalla.
Bernardo Silva smashed a fourth for City into the top corner when Los Blancos appeared to have stopped, expecting a freekick.
Benzema’s night wasn’t finished though, and he dispatched an audacious panenka penalty into the roof of Ederson’s net with eight minutes of the 90 left to play.
Liverpool FC will be slugging it out with another Spanish side Villarreal tomorrow, Wednesday 27th 2022.