Real Madrid have been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League knockout stage, and Manchester City are though to the final of the competition for the second time in the history.
It was not an easy loss for Madrid to digest as they were thumped by City at Etihad. The defending European Champions were clubbed 4-0 by City.
Man City beats Real Madrid in one sided match
Both the teams came into the second leg of the UCL semifinal level pegging. They had played out a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, and hence had all to play for at the Etihad.
But there was an undercurrent brewing with Madrid coming to City’s home. They had a track record of breaking their opponents in their home fixtures. And the pattern continued with Real Madrid getting battered 4-0 away from home.
City started the game in the most dominating fashion. They kept the maximum possession of the ball and their play without the ball was also something Madrid couldn’t counter. As a result, they threatened the goal on several occasions.
Madrid held their ground for the starting half an hour, but once the first goal went in, the fortress of their defense was breached. While they denied the likes of Rodri and Haaland, it was Bernardo Silva who popped in the opener.
Silva brace helps Manchester City gain upper hand
Coming in from the right, Silva found the ball in the box and smashed it past Courtois who was having a great night thus far. This got Real Madrid disoriented, and worked in City’s favor as they doubled the lead in the first half itself.
Bernardo Silva was the scorer of both the goals. He was able to find space in the box on the second time of asking, when the ball was blocked by Courtois. Silva still had a lot to do, but he made the header looked easier than it actually was.
Both the teams went back to tunnel with City leading the charge at 2-0.
Akanji, Alvarez seal the deal for City
Real Madrid, known as the comeback kings in this particular tournament, came in strong in the second half. They managed to seep some balls past the back 3 of Manchester City, but Ederson was having none of it.
The Brazilian made sure that there was nothing going past him on the night. Also with Akanji marking Rodrygo and walking tapping on Vini Junior, there was no threat posed by either wings of Madrid.
Karim Benzema, sans the wide deliveries, was left to his own devices, and he too couldn’t come up with a response on his own.
On the other hand, Manchester City added two more goals towards the end. First it was Manuel Akanji, who had a great night in the defense, went home with a goal to his name.
The fourth and final goal of the night was scored by Julian Alvarez. The Argentine came into the game at the 88th minute of the game. He replaced Haaland who had a lackluster performance in front of goal.
Three minutes later, he made the net bulge with his first touch of the match. It was a beautifully set up pass by Foden, who threaded the Madrid defense like a needle to find Alvarez. And the Argentine showed some deft touch to roll it past the Belgian keeper.
Hence, putting a seal on what was a dominating night for Manchester City. They qualify for the second UCL final in 3 years and will face Inter to clinch their first European trophy.