Manchester City’s coach Pep Guardiola brought 5-1 against FC Watford Foden, Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and Stones for Grialish, Sterling, Fernandinho and the yellow-locked Joao Cancelo.
- de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus shock real
- Highlights en masse – Vinicius Junior vs. Fernandinho
- Benzemas Rotz checks penalty
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti sent into the race after the 3-1 at CA Osasuna Vinicius Junior, Kroos, Modric, Mendy and Carvajal for Asensio, Camavinga, Dani Ceballos, Nacho and Vazquez.
de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus shock real
From the kick -off, City showed an enormous dominance – and took the lead after 93 seconds: De Bruyne used a Mahrez flank (2nd). Real had just tried to shake off the first shock, Courtois had to grab behind for the second time: Gabriel Jesus gave the Belgian goalkeeper no chance from a short distance (11th). City had overwhelmed Real – and didn’t give up.
An unsettled Real initially did not find an answer to the incredible intensity, determination and sovereignty of the Skyblues. The English champion wanted more: Mahrez and Foden could not add up in a phase that looked like a demonstration of power (26th, 29th). And suddenly there was real. A header from Alaba passed (30th), Benzema brought the record winner of the premier class back into play with his direct acceptance (33.).
As a result, the guests looked more confident and solid in their own structure, but City remained determined by the game. The rapid first round ended without further hits.
Highlights en masse – Vinicius Junior vs. Fernandinho
The second half started no less entertaining. Mahrez only hit the post, Carvajal clarified a shot of Foden in front of the line (48.). The real defender was powerless in the header of the English youngster. Substitute Fernandinho had intercepted Vinicius Junior on the wing on the grand piano, joined and found Foden (53.). Just two minutes later, the almost identical situation occurred: pass on the wing for Vinicius Junior and Pressing Fernandinho. Only this time the wing player made his compatriot look old and met again after a 50-meter sprint for another connection (55th).
Again the teams fought a spectacular exchange of blows – and again City made the old distance. After referee Istvan Kovacs had had an advantage, Bernardo Silva made the ball left in the penalty area in the left Kreuzeck (74.). Mahre almost put on the fifth prank (76th).
Benzemas Rotz checks penalty
Nevertheless, Real did not get up and was involuntarily rewarded by Laporte. Benzema, which was converted by the Frenchman, converted icy: by Panenka, the Frenchman, who had recently shot two penalty bumps against Osasuna, lost the powerless Ederson (82nd).
In the final phase, the guests mobilized a lot, but ultimately City was closer to the overall eighth goal. But Ruben Dias narrowly missed (85th). Thus, the game ended with 4: 3-the most goal-rich Champions League semi-final in history (only Ajax ‘5: 2 against Bayern 1995 and Liverpools 5: 2 against Roma 2018 had the same number of goals).
Mancity will be guest on Saturday (6.30 p.m.) at Leeds United before the semi-final second leg (9 p.m.) in Madrid will be due next Wednesday. Real could crown himself in the home game against Espanyol Barcelona (Saturday, 4.15 p.m.).