Manchester City will go into the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a 4-3 lead after an exceptional game at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
City went ahead after 94 seconds, the fastest goal scored in a Champions League semi-final, with a Kevin De Bruyne header.
Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their lead in the 11th minute through Gabriel Jesus, the Brazilian collecting a pass from De Bruyne and turning away from David Alaba before going home.
But Real got back into the game thanks to a well-known source – Karim Benzema scored from nowhere when he guided a Ferland Mendy cross into the far bottom corner with the most touchy oxen after 33 minutes.
City restored a two-goal lead eight minutes after the restart with veteran substitute Fernandinho taking out Phil Foden with a perfectly weighted cross that the England international nodded home.
Two minutes later, however, Fernandinho was caught allowing his compatriot Vinicius Jr to break past him on the touchline and the winger sprinted into the box from half-depth before clipping the ball past Ederson to make it 3-2 lap.
Once again City found a way through, Bernardo Silva beating Thibaut Courtois with a superb shot into the top corner in the 74th minute.
But there was more drama to follow as City’s Aymeric Laporte was punished when the ball hit his arm in the box and Benzema converted the penalty with a cheeky lob down the middle with eight minutes remaining.
Man City win thriller with Real Madrid 4-3 – SABC News
Source link Man City win thriller with Real Madrid 4-3 – SABC News