Everyone expected the game between Manchester City and Real Madrid to be one of the classics in Champions League history. And the game did not disappoint one bit.
The Champions League semi final between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium was nothing short of entertaining. The game didn’t even allow the fans a breather from the first minute to the last, as Kevin de Bruyne scored the quickest goal in a Champions League semi final, scoring within two minutes of the opening whistle.
Pep Guardiola got his starting XI spot on and Gabriel Jesus, continued his fantastic goal scoring form, made it 2-0 in the 11th minute. It was a clinical finish past Thibaut Courtois, after controlling the cross from de Bruyne and spinning away from David Alaba.
Manchester City looked to be in perfect control of the game and on the lookout for more goals. However, just before half time, Karim Benzema put one goal back for the Los Blancos and showed that they were not going to go down without a fight. This was his 13th goal of the tournament and eighth of the knockout stages so far.
As the second half started, Manchester City began piling up the pressure on the Real Madrid defenders, creating many chances, but failing to convert quite a few. However, Phil Foden made sure his effort went in, after he headed a perfect cross from the substitute Fernandinho. This restored the two goal lead for the Blues.
Minutes later, Real Madrid fought back once again. Vinicius Junior showed off a brilliant turn of pace to get past Fernandinho, and drove into the penalty box, curving the ball into the net.
This was one of the most pulsating games of football ever. And yet, the party was not over. Bernardo Silva struck a beautiful shot from outside the area to make it 4-2, after the referee had played a perfect advantage. The Real Madrid players and goalkeeper were all stunned as they were waiting for the foul to be given.
The Los Blancos did not give up hope quite yet. After a cross came in, Laporte handled the ball, and the referee pointed towards the penalty spot. Benzema scored the coolest of penalties, when he chose to Panenka the ball down the middle.
As Man City pushed to restore their two goal lead towards the end of the game, Real Madrid held on and took home a one goal deficit after a classic night of Champions League football.
All is on the line at the return leg at the Bernabeu. Madrid will throw plenty at them at the Bernabeu, there is no doubt about that. One goal is nothing when a club has Karim Benzema as their striker.