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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Manchester City (0-1 Agg)

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Atletico Madrid 0-0 Manchester City (0-1 Agg)

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Manchester City holds firm at the back amid a late onslaught from Atletico Madrid to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals, playing out a 0-0 draw in their second leg clash tonight.

It took time for Los Rojiblancos to up the ante, but they came close as Rodrigo de Paul and Angel Correa both missed good opportunities to force extra time.

The game boiled over towards the end of the contest as Felipe was dismissed, while Stefan Savic was extremely fortunate to remain on the field.

It was fraught. It was suffocating. And it was full-blooded – entirely as billed.

And for Manchester City, it came down not to whether they could add to their first-leg lead in this Champions League quarter-final but whether they could hold on.

It is difficult to remember Pep Guardiola’s swashbucklers being pinned inside their own half for so long.

But that was precisely what happened for the entirety of the second period.

Of course, they had imposed themselves in the first half, but it was different after the interval.

Atlético Madrid – urged on by a noisy and partisan crowd – choking them, forcing them back, asking uncomfortable questions.

The city held their composure amid the chaos and will now face Real Madrid in the last four of the competition.

Starting lineup:

ATLETICO MADRID (3-5-2): Jan Oblak;

Stefan Savic, Felipe, Reinildo;

Marcos Llorente, Koke, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Thomas Lemar, Renan Lodi;

Joao Felix, Antoine Griezmann.


ATLETICO SUBS: Benjamin Lecomte, Rodrigo de Paul, Luis Suarez, Angel Correa, Daniel Wass,

Matheus Cunha, Yannick Carrasco, Mario Hermoso, Sime Vrsaljko, Javier Serrano.


MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson;

Kyle Walker, John Stones, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo;

Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan;

Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva.


MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Ruben Dias, Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Oleksandr Zinchenko,

Zach Steffen, Fernandinho, Scott Carson, Liam Delap, Samuel Edozie, James McAtee, Romeo Lavia.

So, what’s next?

The big games keep coming for City as they face Liverpool for the second time in a week in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.

On Sunday, Atletico is next in action against Espanyol on home soil in LaLiga.

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