Champions League Results: 7 Goals Drama, Man City Beat Madrid


Manchester City won 4-3 over Real Madrid in a seven-goal drama in the Champions League semifinal first leg at the Etihad Stadium, Wednesday (27/4).

Hosts Man City went 2-1 up at half-time through goals from Kevin de Bruyne in the second minute and Gabriel Jesus (11′), while Madrid hit back through Karim Benzema’s 33rd minute goal.

Man City again got a goal opportunity in the 48th minute after Eder Militao blundered. But the opportunity to add to the score was again thrown away by Mahrez after his left foot shot hit the post.

Phil Foden who received the rebound also couldn’t score because his flick was swept clean by Dani Carvajal.

Los Blancos again bear the consequences of their own mistakes. Ferland Mendy blundered after his pass to Vinicius was too weak, so Fernandinho cut it out.

Fernandinho burst into the Man City defense and found Phil Foden’s well-headed cross in the 53rd minute.

Madrid responded well to Foden’s goal by scoring a reply in the 55th minute through Vinicius’ feet.

After assisting Foden, Fernandinho now made the mistake of failing to keep Vinicius moving.

After passing his compatriot, Vinicius ran into the host’s penalty box and reduced the score to 2-3.

Pep Guardiola’s team remained in control of the game in the second half. While Madrid chose to defend in order to launch a counterattack.

Bernardo Silva added to Madrid’s suffering in the first leg of this Champions League semifinal. Bernardo scored in the 74th minute with a left footed shot.

For the umpteenth time, Man City’s goals have come from the mistakes of Madrid players. Bernardo’s goal came from Oleksandr Zinchenko who was dropped by Toni Kroos in front of the penalty box. It’s just that the referee Istvan Kovacs did not consider the incident as a violation.

Although the referee did not blow the whistle, the Madrid players seemed to be silent, including Eduardo Camavinga who was in front of Bernardo. The Portugal midfielder then had the ball in the net and into the box before firing a left-footed shot.

Los Merengues had a chance to reduce the score after Aymeric reported being denied a handball in the penalty box. Benzema who became the executor did not waste that opportunity.

Karim Benzema’s ‘panenka’ penalty beat goalkeeper Ederson who moved to the left in the 81st minute. Score 3-4 for Madrid.

With no goals added for the remainder of the game, Man City beat Madrid 4-3 in a seven-goal drama in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Man City vs Madrid line-up:

Man City: Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Silva, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus.