What a game! Manchester City and Real Madrid play out a 4-3 thriller at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash.
City stormed into a 2-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes through goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.
But Karim Benzema brought the visitors back into the contest. Then, Phil Foden scored a close-range header to make it 3-1.
While back came Real Madrid through a fine solo run and goal from Vinicius Junior.
Bernardo Silva scored the night’s effort with a screamer into the top-left corner.
Despite one more twist in the tale, Benzema notched his second from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte handled the ball in the box.
It looks to be advantage City, just ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
The Belgian runs late into the Madrid box and plants a diving header into the bottom-left corner. Mahrez collects on the right flank and skips past two challenges after cutting inside on his left foot. He delivers a perfect cross for De Bruyne’s run towards the penalty spot before the midfielder provides the finish.
The home side is in dreamland as Jesus capitalises on a defensive mistake from Alaba and slots a close-range strike past Courtois. De Bruyne whips a cross into the middle from the left flank that Alaba looks to clear with his left foot. However, he scuffs his attempt, and it falls perfectly for Jesus to turn and fire into the right corner.
The Frenchman does it again with a brilliant finish on his left foot. Mendy floats across to the back post for Benzema to attack. He makes a good run and gets ahead of Zinchenko before guiding a left-footed strike on the half-volley away from Ederson into the bottom-right corner. A sublime finish.
Carvajal denied Foden on the line five minutes ago, but this time he finds the back of the net with an inch-perfect header. Fernandinho surges down the right flank and lifts a perfect cross into the middle. Foden drifts to guide his header into the bottom-right corner.
The Brazilian speeds away from Fernandinho before beating Ederson with a low finish from the inside-left channel. Fernandinho gets too tight to Vinicius, who leaves him down the left flank in his wake. And as a result, he has time to find the back of the net with a composed finish.
The Portuguese find the top-left corner with a stunner to restore City’s two-goal advantage. Silva uses the advantage to turn in space before curling a sublime strike into the back of the net with Courtois flat-footed. A massive moment in the tie.
So, what’s next?
The crucial matches keep coming for Manchester City as they travel to face Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid faces Espanyol in LaLiga on the same day at home in the hope of clinching the title.
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