Real Madrid eliminates Manchester City on penalties

Simply incredible about this Real Madrid. It doesn’t matter how he plays – he wasn’t good tonight at the Etihad Stadium – because it (almost) always happens. It was better Manchester City, the truth be told, but the white team is in the Champions League semi-finals for another year – for the fourth consecutive season – by beating Guardiola’s team on penalties, after the 90 regulation minutes and extra time ended with a 1-1 draw. goal. And he has done it thanks to a brutal survival exercise, resisting the siege of the Premier League leader, and a extraordinario Andriy Lunin: The Ukrainian goalkeeper had a superb game and rounded it off on penalties by stopping two shots, those of Bernardo Silva and Kovacic.

“I will resist…”, which the Dynamic Duo sang. Madrid applied it in Manchester to withstand the harassment of City, after the 3-3 in the first leg at the Bernabéu. Especially in regulation time because extra time took its toll on the physical appearance of both teams. Rodrygo They put Ancelotti’s team ahead after 12 minutes, but the 14-time European champion was losing steam against a City team that took control of the match after half an hour of play. Guardiola’s men besieged until De Bruyne made it 1-1 in the 76th minute. There were no goals in extra time and in the penalties Lunin became a giant, despite the fact that the shootout started badly with the shot that Ederson stopped from Modric.

Therefore, Madrid is left alone as the only Spanish representative in the semifinals, after the eliminations of Barcelona and Atlético in the quarterfinals at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain y Borussia Dortmund, respectively. The whites will experience a vibrant tie against the Bayern Munichin a classic European Cup confrontation, in search of a new final.

The statistics warned: City had gone five and a half years without losing at home in Europe. Madrid knew they were going to suffer at the Etihad, where they received a severe correction last year (4-0). There was a desire for revenge and things started well, despite the fact that it was Guardiola’s team who started pressing very high. But there was no shot and Real Madrid, faithful to the plan of Ancelotti who came out with the expected eleven – he could not count on Tchouaméni due to suspension – took advantage of it to go ahead on the scoreboard. With a great con that was born from a impressive Bellingham control. The Englishman, in low hours, barely appeared, but that action led to the 0-1: opening to Vinícius and a cross from the Brazilian to his compatriot Rodrygowho had two shots to beat Ederson in the 12th minute.

City quickly got their act together and increasingly enclosed Madrid. Guardiola’s men had their moments of siege, where their pressure was effective and the chances were coming. De Bruyne appeared twice in the baseline, but Lunin cut off the passes to Haaland. However, the beast Norway caught a rebound in one and sent it to the crossbar. They also tried it citizens from outside the area, without aim, and Madrid left with reasons to believe at the break, due to their goal and their enormous defensive performance.

Guardiola asked his team for more at half-time and the Premier League leader came out with the knife between his teeth when he returned from the locker room. Every attack citizen there was a lot of danger. But in front, oh my friend, was a superb Lunin. A total siege without respite for Madrid. Guardiola made a move and put Jeremy Doku for a Grealish who was losing steam. The Belgian’s entry was key. He had a hard time with Carvajal, who played a great game, but would end up getting oil from a bad clearance by Rudigerwho despite that error also had a notable game.

In the 76th minute, De Bruyne appeared to put it out of the reach of Lunin, who could do nothing against the Belgian star’s blow. Own De Bruyne They forgave a couple more chances: City kept going to the corner (the fifteenth corner by any of the visitors), but extra time seemed inexorable in Manchester. Also because Haaland had forgiven a header at the far post. The Norwegian, once again well monitored by the white defense and especially by Rudiger, left injured and without a leading role once again against Madrid.

Ancelotti had also made a move, putting Modric and Brahim on the field, while Vinícius would end up deranged when he was canceled by Walker. The English full-back could not play at the Bernabéu and in this return match at the Etihad he was in charge of drying up a Vini who went from more to less. Like the Brazilian, Carvajal, huge, would also end up asking for a change due to injury.


The extra time left City’s superiority, although it was diminishing. The forces would end up equalizing, but Madrid, aware that the English were physically better, were crazy about the music, asking for the clock to run so that the penalties could arrive. And there, in the fateful round of shots from 11 meters, the merengue team brought out their love affair with the Champions League. Modric started by failing his, but immediately Lunin came to the rescue of his people, stopping Bernardo’s horrible shot and then Kovacic’s. Lucas Vázquez marked his with certain Brazilian touches – it could be Luquinhas—and Rudiger settled the fight.

German reliability. Madrid is already in the semi-finals: once Manchester City’s bogeyman has been overcome, the Fifteenth is now a little closer.


Manchester City, 1: Ederson; Walker, Slide, Rock (Stones, m.112), Guardiol; Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne (Kovacic, m.112); Grealish (Doku, m.72), Foden and Haaland (Alvarez, m.91)
Real Madrid, 1: Lunin; Carvajal (Militao, m.110), Rüdiger, Nacho, Mendy; Camavinga, Kroos (Modric, m.79), Fede Valverde, Bellingham; Vinícius (Vázquez, m.102) and Rodrygo (Brahim, m.83)

Goals: 0-1. Rodrygo, m.12 y 1-1. De Bruyne, m.76
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy) cautioned Grealish (m.59), Gvardiol (m.61) and (Rodri, m.90) for Manchester City and Carvajal (m.38) and Mendy (m.94) for Manchester City. real Madrid
Incidences: Match corresponding to the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinals played at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester) in front of 53,000 spectators

2024-04-17 21:51:40
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