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Offensive spectacle in Manchester: City narrowly defeated Real

Manchester (AP) - Star coach Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have a good chance of re-entering the final of the Champions League. In an offensive spectacle, the leaders of the English Premier League won the semi-final first leg against Real Madrid 4: 3 (2: 1).

Offensive spectacle in Manchester: City narrowly defeated Real
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Kevin De Bruyne (2nd minute), Gabriel Jesus (11th), Phil Foden (53rd), and Bernardo Silva (74th) ensured the narrow lead for the second leg on 4 May at the Bernabeu Stadium. Karim Benzema (33rd/82nd/penalty) with a brace and Vinicius Junior (55th) scored for Madrid.

After just under two minutes, Guardiola showed his fist’s jubilant pose. After a precise cross from Riyad Mahrez, De Bruyne, sprinting into the penalty area, headed the ball into the Real Madrid goal, making it impossible for his fellow Belgian, Thibaut Courtois. Just nine minutes later, Jesus, who most recently scored four goals in the 5-1 win over Watford FC in the Premier League, used Spain’s defensive weaknesses to make it 2-0. The Brazilian prevailed in a duel against David Alaba, whose participation had been in question for a long time due to muscular problems.

On the other hand, the offensive artists from Real, around ex-world champion Toni Kroos, director Luka Modric and star striker Benzema, did not initially get a chance. Manchester cleverly blocked the spaces and effectively stopped the build-up game of the leaders of the Spanish Primera Division. Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s team only got into the game better after about half an hour by pressing themselves.

Benzema in his 600th game for Real

But because Real continued to react carelessly in defense, hosts Manchester had good chances through Mahrez and Phil Foden. And then suddenly, Benzema was there on the other side in his 600th game for Real. The Frenchman, who had been the decisive man in the previous rounds against Paris Saint-Germain and defending champions FC Chelsea with three and four goals, respectively, converted a Ferland Mendy cross into a plan despite the difficulties.

After the break, Alaba stayed in the dressing room. The Real defense, which had not yet been reorganized, was duped by Mahrez in the 48th minute, who then hit the post. Dani Carvajal blocked Foden’s follow-up shot in front of the line. In the 53rd, the England international did better, heading in a Fernandinho cross. The Madrilenians responded promptly: Vinicius ran alone on the left side from the centerline towards the city goal and completed it with a precise low shot.

Bernardo Silva restored the two-goal lead with a powerful shot under the bar before Benzema reduced the penalty again for Real with a converted hand penalty, thus keeping Madrid’s chances of the final alive.

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