Real Madrid players celebrate qualifying for the Champions League semi-finals


Madrid worked a miracle and held off a superior City team hanging on the crossbar

Published:18/04/2024 - 00:39h

Updated:18/04/2024 - 21:48h

Real Madrid once again bet on the Champions League epic against Manchester City (1-1, 4-3 p.). Carlo Ancelotti's men opted for an ultra-defensive approach and held out until the penalties, where Lunin emerged as a hero

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The eternal idyll between the Real Madrid and the UEFA Champions League added the Wednesday a new chapter with the classification of the group 'merengue' in front of the Manchester City (1-1, 4-3 p.). The valid champion was widely upper from the minute 30 until the extention, but could not translate his command in goals and, of not being by Kevin Of Bruyne, the ones of Carlo Ancelotti would have obtained his ticket to semifinals in the regular time.

In this sense, the Italian trainer bet by a much more conservative approach that in other duels in front of the 'cityzens', foreseeing another 'bathroom' similar to the of the past season (4-0). With exception of the first 20 minutes, the Madrid forgot to attack in Manchester, totally replegado in own field and with a low block very near of the arch defended by Andriy Lunin, the one who finish being the hero in the penaltis cutting across the shots of Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic.

The City 'erased' of the field to the Madrid in the second part

The command of the ones of Pep Guardiola stressed in the complement, subjecting to the 'merengues' to an absolute command during at least 40 minutes in which Lunin saved a goal with a paradón and Nacho followed suit saving a balloon on the line. After almost 30 you finish (only 6 to door) and more than a ten of corners in favour, at last fell the goal of Of Bruyne in the 76', taking advantage of the impact of the entry of Jérémy Doku five minutes before.

With the Madrid to the edge of the 'KO', Ancelotti looked for reaction with the income of Modric and Brahim. However, the siege 'sky blue' did not cease and the typical of Bruyne wasted an occasion inmejorable in the 78', finishing high a big assistance of Bernardo Silva. In the extention, Foden neither could take advantage of another good pass of the mediocentro luso and, afterwards, the physical wear happened bill to both teams.

Lunin And the penaltis 'saved' to the Madrid in Champions

Without too many occasions in the second half of the lengthen, the penaltis were the only way to define to the rival of the Bayern Munich in 'semis'. Both teams already had lost to several of his stars for the batch and Julián Álvarez was the attendant to advance to the City, whereas Luka Modric failed his collection in front of Éderson.

The series seemed directed for the venues, but Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic failed in front of Lunin, whereas Jude Bellingham, Lucas Vázquez, Nacho and Antonio Rüdiger converted to give him the classification to the Madrid. Betting to the epic and hanged of the crossbar, the ones of Carlo Ancelotti did it again and follow dreaming with the fifteenth.

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