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      Madrid edge past City on penalties

      Madrid edge past City on penalties

      2024/04/17 22:58

      Another gripping and tense tie between Manchester City and Real Madrid finished with Madrid, as they do, finding a way and knocking out the European champions on their own patch via a penalty shootout.


      MCI XI: Ederson; Walker*, Dias, Akanji, Gvardiol; Rodri; Foden, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Grealish; Haaland

      MCI SUBS: Carson, Ortega Moreno, Stones, Ake, Lewis, Sergio Gomez, Kovacic, Matheus Nunes, Bobb, Doku, Julian Alvarez

      RMA XI: Lunin; Dani Carvajal*, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Kroos; Fede Valverde, Camavinga; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior

      RMA SUBS: Arrizabalaga, Fran Gonzalez, Eder Militao, Fran Garcia, Modric, Dani Ceballos, Brahim Diaz, Guler, Lucas Vazquez, Joselu

      Action: It was yet another fast start in a match between these two European juggernauts with both Manchester City and Real Madrid having early chances at the Etihad Stadium.

      It was Real Madrid, though, that struck first on the evening to give themselves a 4-3 aggregate lead. Jude Bellingham plucked a ball out of the air before casually laying off for Fede Valverde. The Uruguayan then fed Vinicius Junior who flashed across goal for strike partner Rodrygo to have a shinned effort saved by Ederson but the Brazilian forward reacted well whilst back tracking to put in.



      City then continued to grow into the game with Jack Grealish being instrumental in attack, as was the case at the Bernabeu last week in the first-leg.

      City’s closest chance came when Erling Braut Haaland looped a header back across goal and against the cross bar with Bernardo Silva then having an opportunity to put in on the rebound but he failed to sort his feet out quickly enough and the ball dribbled wide.

      The defending champions were excellent and intense at the start of the second-half, too, with Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva beginning to turn the screw on Dani Carvajal.

      Madrid defended resolutely, though, with Nacho Fernandez dramatically clearing from more or less off the line before Phil Foden then had an opening saved well by Lunin.

      The breakthrough and equaliser did eventually come, though. Antonio Rudiger made a mess of a block-clearance and the ball fell to Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian fired high and hard past Lunin to make it 1-1 and send the Etihad into delirium.

      De Bruyne then had two good chances before full-time to nick it with the second of which being a glaring chance from around 15 yards but he lent back and blazed over.

      Extra-time came and basically went with few chances and few clear cut opportunities. The main theme of the extra 30 minutes was simply knackered players, most notably Rodri, as both sides hobbled through to the shootout. 

      In the shootout, 2022 FIFA World Cup winner Julian Alvarez stepped up and scored confidently. The experienced Luka Modric was next up but his effort was beaten away low by Ederson. Bernardo Silva went straight down the middle and one of the weirdest penalties ever was easily saved by Lunin. 

      Jude Bellingham confidently rolled the ball the wrong way of Ederson. Mateo Kovacic then stepped up and had his hard, low effort saved by Lunin. After a few keepy-uppys, Lucas Vazquez confidently put the ball into the corner to give Madrid the lead. Foden, with no doubt, clipped the ball high the wrong way to Lunin’s dive before Madrid club captain Nacho Fenandez cooly slotted home himself.

      City ‘keeper Ederson stepped up for the fifth and crucial and calmly slotted past Lunin. Antonio Rudiger stepped up, though, to put into the bottom corner and send Madrid through to the semi-finals. 

      The big picture: The dream of a ‘double treble’ for Manchester City is over as, despite being the better team on the night, two saved penalties by Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic gave Real Madrid a sniff of victory – and you do not give the 14-time European champions even a sniff. City will focus on an FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening, whilst Madrid face Barcelona in El Clasico as they close in on La Liga with Los Blancos facing Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. 

      Man of the match: Dani Carvajal. Both Jack Grealish and Jeremy Doku had lots of chances to torment the Spaniard and did so a fair bit but the experienced pro gave as good as he got and edged the two battles.

      Expected goals: Manchester City (2.34) 1-1 (1.28) Real Madrid



      ’12 | GOAL: Rodrygo (0-1)


      ’76 | GOAL: De Bruyne (1-1)


      Extra-time kick-off

      Extra-time half-time

      Extra-time full-time


      Penalties (3-4)


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      2024-04-18 00h13m by banderson1976
      With just over 10 minutes gone, Rodrygo found some space in the box and slotted past Ederson to put the visitors ahead.

      As expected, Manchester City responded quickly and equalised just four minutes later through none other than their talisman Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian international found himself unmarked at the back post and made no mistake with his finish.

      The rest of the match was a tense affair with both teams creating chances but unable to find a winner in regular time. The match
      2024-04-17 23h48m by nlawson12
      Vinicius Junior pounced on a loose ball in the City box, turning and firing past Ederson to give his side a crucial away goal.

      As the final whistle blew, I can't believe it! Madrid pulled off another amazing win against Manchester City. The atmosphere was tense and it came down to a nail-biting penalty shootout. But in the end, Madrid showed true grit and determination to knock out the European champions on their own turf. Absolutely incredible performance from the boys, so proud to
      2024-04-17 23h36m by l_10_brownfield
      Wow, what a nail-biter of a game! Manchester City and Real Madrid are giving it their all at the Etihad Stadium.
      2024-04-17 23h28m by dnelsons
      However, Manchester City kept pushing and were able to equalize through an own goal from Dani Carvajal. The game remained tense and tied until the end, with both teams giving it their all. In the end, it was Madrid who came out on top, winning the tie on penalties.

      As a Manchester City fan, it's heartbreaking to see our team knocked out of the Champions League like this. We gave it our all and fought until the very end, but unfortunately luck was not on
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      U Wednesday, 17 April 2024 - 20:00
      Etihad Stadium
      Daniele Orsato
      (3-4 pens)
      Kevin De Bruyne 76'
      Rodrygo 12'


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