The Tuesday Champions League semi-finals between Manchester City and Real Madrid witnessed some quintessential gameplay, making it one of the most iconic games in the league’s history with a total of seven goals.
Despite Karim Benzema’s drastic efforts in closing the gap, Manchester City managed to snatch victory from the hands of Real Madrid. The series of goals and multiple shot attempts from both sides left the fans biting their nails with uncertainty.
Manchester City took off to a good start with a goal by Kevin De Bruyne in the first ninety seconds of the game. De Bruyne took a brilliant diving header sending the ball straight past the goal-keeper (Thibaut Courtois), giving the lead to Manchester City.
The second goal before the halftime by Gabriel Jesus made it seem like Manchester City has claimed the game from Real Madrid completely, but Karim Benzema rekindled hope for the Real Madrid fans with a fantastic goal making the score 1-2.
“As a football fan, it was a fantastic game of football,” Real manager Carlo Ancelotti told reporters
“As a manager of Madrid, I have to take into consideration that we … conceded two goals very early. But we take three goals to the Bernabeu. We now hope to get to the final.”
The score on the table was 4-2 when Bernardo Silva beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a blistering shot into the top corner in the 74th minute, and then Benzema scored his second of the night
With eight minutes left, Benzema stepped up with a ‘Panenka'(a chipped penalty through the middle).
The unbreakable spirit and roaring offense of Manchester City led to a chance for the club to win the Champions League for the first time in City’s history. Despite the constant effort by Real Madrid, City didn’t let go of the control.
“It was a fantastic game for both sides. We did many good things. Unfortunately, we conceded goals and we could not score more. But it is two games and we have another one in one week,” Pep Guardiola told reporters.