Champions League Recap: Real Madrid and Manchester City through to semi-final

April 15, 2021 | By : Raghav Ragi
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Wednesday night showed Real Madrid why they are the best team to have ever played in the Champions League. Even after being the better team in the second leg, Liverpool never looked like going through. Real Madrid looked so comfortable by just letting Liverpool come at them and then hitting them on the break

Liverpool started the game brightly and created the best chance of the night in the first 5 minutes but failed to put the ball past Thibaut Courtois. Real Madrid slowed the game down whenever they were under pressure. Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio both helped the fullback to double up against Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

After the first 25 mins of the first half at Anfield, Liverpool lost the sting. Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, and makeshift right-back Valverde all remained compact throughout the 90 minutes, hardly leaving any spaces for the Liverpool midfielders to put a ball behind.

Real Madrid qualified for the semi-final after a goalless draw in the second as they lead 3-1 on aggregate over the course of the two legs. Los Blancos will enter the semifinal as the favorites to make it to the final against an inexperienced Chelsea side in a fortnight.

Manchester City leave it late to beat Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City qualified for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after a nervy night in Germany. Pep Guardiola’s men went into the second leg with a 2-1 home victory against Dortmund. The German team gave them an early scare in the second leg after Jude Bellingham scored a goal in the 15th minute of the first half.

The away side started the second half with much more intensity in their game. They were rewarded a penalty within 10 minutes into the half, which was converted by Riyadh Mahrez. Dortmund had a couple of half chances but nothing significant in the second half. Phil Foden’s thunderbolt strike from 25 yards secured Manchester City a berth in the semi-final against PSG.



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