After scoring a pair of goals against Real Madrid in the first half of the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal on Wednesday at the Etihad, Manchester City sensation Bernardo Silva tied a record previously held by Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
Bernardo Silva is currently just the third player to score at least twice in a Champions League semifinal matchup versus Real Madrid. Lionel Messi accomplished this when he scored two goals, one solo and one from close range, in the first leg of the 2010–11 Champions League semifinal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The other athlete to do so is Robert Lewandowski. At Signal Idula Park, he scored four goals in the first leg of the semifinal match of the 2012–13 Champions League. The Polish striker led Borussia Dortmund, his old team, to a spectacular 4-1 home victory in the first leg.
Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva scored the game’s first goal at the Etihad in the 23rd minute with a powerful left-footed shot that hit the near post. That happened after the home team exerted consistent pressure for a while, with Real Madrid rarely touching the ball in the early going.
With a header in the 37th minute, Silva increased his team’s advantage. At full time, the final score read 4-0 in favor of Manchester City, handing the Los Blancos an embarrassing defeat.