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Real Madrid edge past Manchester City in Champions League

Posted : 18 April 2024

Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League semi-finals in a dramatic showdown against Manchester City, with the match culminating in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. Despite Rodrigo's early goal putting Real ahead in the 12th minute, they adopted a defensive strategy for much of the game. Kevin de Bruyne's equalizer in the 76th minute tested Real's resilience, but they held on to force penalties, eventually prevailing 4-3 and advancing to the next round at the expense of the reigning champions.


Real Madrid's history in the Champions League has often been characterized by bold attacking moves, but on Wednesday night, their success hinged on resolute defending. This victory marked only the third time they progressed after drawing at home in the first leg of the knockout stage. Manchester City, on the other hand, suffered their first-ever elimination after achieving an away draw in the first leg in European competitions.


Despite relentless pressure from Pep Guardiola's side, Real Madrid's defense, led by Antonio Rüdiger and Nacho, held firm throughout the match. Andrey Lunin, standing in for Thibaut Courtois, made crucial saves, frustrating City's attacking efforts. After extra time, Rüdiger redeemed himself by converting the winning penalty, sealing Real Madrid's place in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich.


Looking ahead, Real Madrid aims to continue their success under Carlo Ancelotti as they pursue their 15th Champions League title. Before the semi-final clash, they face Barcelona in a crucial La Liga fixture. Meanwhile, Manchester City shifts focus to defending their FA Cup and Premier League titles, with upcoming matches against Chelsea and crucial league fixtures on the horizon.


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