This Wednesday the Manchester City received the real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium for the second leg of the semifinal of the Champions League. After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, the English team beat the white eleven 4-0 that has just won the competition, to settle in the grand final of the European championship for the second time in its history.
The first 20 minutes of the game were a total monologue from the Manchester City, with 85% possession and with two clear goal plays; two headbutts from Erling Haaland in the small area that Thibaut Courtois He was able to save to take away the goal cry from the Norwegian.
So much insistence and good play by City paid off and in fraction 23 the first goal of the locals arriveds, an excellent collective play that ended in a filtered pass from Kevin DeBruyne so that Bernardo Silva defined the goalkeeper’s near post with his left foot and confirmed the early advantage in the match.
After Silva’s goal, Madrid woke up and began to propose more in the game, a couple of interventions by Vinícius and Benzema gave signs of life to a Spanish team that was being completely dominated. The clearest of Madrid came in the boots of Toni Krooswho fired a shot from outside the area that crashed into the crossbar of Ederson.
But the flashes of Madrid did not last very long, because after one against the Manchester City he scored the second goal to extend the lead. Again Bernardo Silva in the 37th minute he hit the nets after defining with his head with the beaten goalkeeper a ball that was raffled off in the area.
The first half ended in the same dynamic with City at an excellent level, proposing and dominating the game in every way. The second goal finished turning off any awakening of Madrid during the first 45 minutes of the match.
In the second half the game became more even, with Madrid having the ball a little more and City with the advantage in their hands more passive than in the first half. Some changes came, Carlo Ancelotti accommodated the defense with the entry of Anthony Rudiger to move to eduardo camavinga midfielder and take out Luka modric.
As if that were not enough, Real Madrid scored an own goal to make it 3-0. A free kick taken by De Bruyne into the area and which Militao tried to clearended up at the bottom of his own bow.
The cherry on the cake put it Julian Alvarez who had entered just a couple of minutes ago and scored the fourth for the Citizen after an excellent collective play that tended in a precise pass from Foden who left the Argentine hand in hand to define right and crossed in order to put definitive figures on the match.
With this result the Manchester City will go to its second European final in its history, the first was in 2021 which it lost to Chelsea. Now Guardiola will seek revenge with the “Orejona” and will try to win it 11 years later, this time against Inter on June 10 at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Turkey.
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