Manchester City holds up against Atlético and now meets Real Madrid in the semifinals Champions League

Manchester City made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League, where Pep Guardiola’s team can compete with Real Madrid. Kevin de Bruyne’s goal last week was decisive, but Atlético Madrid made it another hot night in the rebellious Wanda Metropolitano.

After 125 minutes of football against Atlético Madrid (after a one-off duel last week), only goalkeeper Ederson got to the goal, but in the second half, coach Diego Simeone’s team still got loose. However, the goals of João Félix, Antoine Griezmann and the substitute Rodrigo De Paul did not score. Even experienced goalkeeper Luis Suárez, who has had a difficult season with the Spanish champion, failed to make the difference in the final phase.

City were unable to attack this evening, although captain Ilkay Gundogan hit the post in the first half. Kevin de Bruyne’s shot, in the 70th minute of last week, proved decisive in this confrontation between the English and Spanish champions, but above all in the confrontation between two different styles.

Last week the odds ratio was 15: 0 (2: 0 at the gate), but tonight was much more even at 14:10 (3: 1 at the gate). City held the ball, with a clear 70 percent of possession. Matheus Cunhal was the first to reach the corner kick, but his header was blocked by the keeper.

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For an additional time, which did not last less than thirteen minutes, the flames went completely into the pan. Felipe received a second yellow card after a second serious foul on Phil Foden, after which Stefan Savic also started, raising Foden lying down. After that, the last fifteen minutes of the match were no longer quiet and the confusion continued even in the stadium’s tunnel, where Savic was once again looking for a confrontation with City’s Jack Grealish.

Despite relegation in the Champions League quarterfinals, Atlético Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitanos won 68,000 blood-fanatical spectators.

Manchester City will return to Madrid in three weeks, then to Real Madrid. The first stage will be at Etihad Stadium in two weeks. The second semi-final is also an Anglo-Spanish meeting between Liverpool and Villarreal. The final will take place on Saturday, May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris.

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