5 Lessons Man City 4-3 Real Madrid: Defensive Leaks, 40th Minute First Offense!


The first leg of the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinal between Manchester City vs Real Madrid was held on Wednesday (27/4/2022) . The duel at the Etihad Stadium was very exciting with seven goals created.

Kevin De Brunye and Gabriel Jesus put Man City ahead with just 11 minutes of play. Man City had several other chances, but failed to score. Karim Benzema, with a goal in the 33rd minute, made the first half end 2-1.

The second half was more exciting. Man City added two goals through Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. Real Madrid also scored two goals from Vinicius Junior and a penalty from Benzema’s Harvest.

Throughout the game, Man City had 16 shots and Real Madrid had five fewer. There are many other opportunities that could be goals. So, what are the lessons learned from the Man City vs Real Madrid duel?


Josep Guardiola’s reaction to Man City vs Real Madrid in the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinal first leg
Unlike the duel against Atletico Madrid, this time Man City got an open opponent. The Man City vs Real Madrid duel is a very interesting spectacle. Seven goals, buying and selling attacks and many important moments created.

“It was a fantastic game for both sides. We played what we could do. Real Madrid have quality so they can punish you,” said Pep Guardiola.

Leak Defense

Vinicius Junior’s goal moment in Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Champions League 2021/22
Seven goals were created. A sign that the front lines of both teams are working perfectly or the defense of both teams is very fragile?

Alaba and Militao’s duet doesn’t work well. Alaba was not 100 per cent fit and made a mistake on Gabriel Jesus’ goal. Militao also did not perform at his best level. Two wingbacks, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy are also easily penetrated.

From the Man City camp, the right-back gave a big problem. John Stones was not optimal and was substituted in the 35th minute. Then, Fernandinho struggled to keep Vinicius Junior. Aymeric Laporte is also not at his best level in this duel.


The duel between Gabriel Jesus and Eder Militao in the match Man City vs Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals for the 2021/2022 season
Fantastic match, a flood of goals and a special entertainment for football fans. The Man City vs Real Madrid match was also recorded quite clean from the bad actions of the players.

Throughout the match, there were only two yellow cards that came out of the referee’s pocket. The first yellow card was given to Fernandinho in the 81st minute. The second went to Nacho at 90+3 minutes. Both are substitutes.

Both teams played quite clean and precise. Quoted from Marca, Real Madrid just committed the first violation in the 40th minute. It might look weird, but it’s quite interesting to watch.

Ballon d’Or

Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal against Manchester City in the 2021-2022 Champions League semifinal first leg.
The Man City vs Real Madrid duel became the stage for two potential winners of the 2022 Ballon d’Or title: Karim Benzema and Kevin De Bruyne.

Both played well. De Bruyne scored Man City’s first goal in the 2nd minute. His actions are decisive. Squawka gave a value of 9 for the action of the Belgian player. One of the tallest.

Benzema also looks amazing. He scored a brace that revived Real Madrid’s hopes of qualifying for the final. Penalties with Benzema’s harvest technique are also very classy, ​​especially after the failure of two penalties last week. A very special player.

Second Leg

Kevin De Bruyne’s goal moment in Manchester City vs Real Madrid, Champions League 2021/22
The second leg will be an exciting battle. Man City are indeed leading 4-3, but their position is very vulnerable. Real Madrid have a great chance to overturn the aggregate as the second leg is played at the Bernabeu.

But, that doesn’t mean Man City doesn’t have a chance at the Bernabeu. Chelsea can win 3-2 over Madrid at the Bernabeu in the quarter-finals. So, Man City should be able to do the same.

Although there are no more away goals aggregate, the second leg will be very exciting. Imagine, if Man City won quickly. Then, Benzema scored a brace in the 85th and 89th minutes. The score was 2-1 and the match went into extra time. Exciting!