Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid: Pep Guardiola’s team wins exciting Champions League semi-final first match

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne scored and assisted in the same Champions League match for only the second time in 59 appearances in the competition, having done so against Real Madrid in February 2020

Manchester City are still on track to reach a second consecutive Champions League final after beating Real Madrid in an exciting semi-final first match.

Kevin de Bruyne’s diving header and Gabriel Jesus’ calm finish gave City a 2-0 lead within the first 11 minutes.

Karim Benzema fled for Real, but Phil Foden’s header made it 3-1.

Reals Vinicius Jr scored an individual goal, Bernardo Silva blasted into City’s fourth before Benzemas chipped after Aymeric Laporte’s handball.

City have never won the Europa Cup or Champions League and lost 1-0 to Chelsea in last season’s final, but delivered an excellent performance to take advantage of Spain.

Manager Pep Guardiola, however, will be annoyed that they did not secure a bigger margin of victory after leading 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but Benzema’s incredible ‘Panenka’ penalties gave the Spanish league leaders hope of a draw by the fight. Bernabeu on Wednesday 4 May.

Liverpool face Spanish side Villarreal in this year’s second semi-final, with the first match at Anfield on Wednesday.

The final will be held at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday 28 May.

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Manchester By

  1. Team number7Player nameSterling
  2. Team number25Player nameFernandinho

Real Madrid

  1. Team number1Player nameCourtois

  2. Team number2Player nameCarvajal

  3. Team number3Player nameEder Militão

  4. Team number4Player nameAlaba

  5. Team number23Player nameMendy

  6. Team number15Player nameValverde

  7. Team number8Player nameKroos

  8. Team number10Player nameModric

  9. Team number21Player nameRodrygo

  10. Team number9Player nameBenzema

  11. Team number20Player nameVinicius Júnior

  1. Team number6Player nameNacho

  2. Team number11Player nameAsensio

  3. Team number19Player nameDaniel Ceballos

  4. Team number25Player namecamavinga


Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 5StoneReplaced forFernandinhoon 36 ‘minutesReserved at 81 min
  • 3Ruben Dias
  • 14Laporte
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16rodri
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 26Mahrez
  • 9Gabriel JesusReplaced forSterlingon 83 ‘minutes
  • 47The foot


  • 6What
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gundogan
  • 10Grealish
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 56Egan-Riley
  • 79Mbete
  • 80Palmer
  • 87McAtee
  • 90Riddle

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 3militans
  • 4AlabaReplaced forNachoon 45 ‘minutesReserved in 90 min
  • 23Mendy
  • 15Valverde
  • 8Kroos
  • 10ModricReplaced forCeballoson 79 ‘minutes
  • 21RodrygoReplaced forcamavingaon 70 ‘minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinicius JúniorReplaced forAsensioon 88 ‘minutes


  • 5Vallejo
  • 6Nacho
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 14kasemiro
  • 17Vazquez
  • 18balle
  • 19Ceballos
  • 22Isco
  • 25camavinga
  • 40Fuidias

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