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Index – Champions League – The battle of nerves decided the most important football match in the world

Manchester City (England) – Real Madrid (Spain) 1–1 (0–1, 1–1, 1–1) – with XI: 3–4

For the third season in a row, the two teams were drawn together in the elimination stage, in the last two calls, the runner-up won the series as well.

The Royal Guard, who set a record with 14 BEK/BL victories, have so far started 11 times with a home draw in the elite series, of which they were only able to win two – but could give reason for confidence that both in Manchester, in the first one, in the same way against a triple team (United), as against what he could have prepared for now (City).

Ederson, Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne returned to Manchester’s starting line-up, and Nacho stepped into Real’s defense. These and City’s 41-game home unbeaten streak however, it was more positive for the host.

Compared to the way they started in Madrid, the sides were more cautious here, compared to this, in the 12th minute, the visiting team gained an advantage out of nowhere: after a pass from Vinícius Júnior Rodrygo his first shot was still saved by Ederson, but the replay was already in (0–1).

The title defender did not break, the chances came one after the other, Erling Haaland first headed over the top left and then onto the post, and after the rebound Bernardo Silva shot from meters to the bottom of the net in a dribble.

The visitors were clearly set up on the counterattack, and they had opportunities, but after Dani Carvajal’s shot was blocked, the City cylinder came again, De Bruyne’s attempt and Haaland’s header were saved by Andrij Lunyin.

The picture of the game did not change, neither Jack Grealish’s shot that bounced inches wide nor Phil Foden’s and De Bruyne’s cross resulted in another goal, so even though the home team had a huge advantage, the teams could go to rest with a one-goal Madrid advantage.

After the turn, City changed their rhythm and the opportunities came one after the other, but Grealish’s shot was caught by Lunyin, and the rest did not want to find the net.

Nacho Fernández almost scored an own goal before Foden’s shot was saved by Lunyin, to Real’s credit, they did not allow Madrid to defend with ten men continuously, so for a long time we could only talk about a barren home advantage.

At the start of the game, the game became lively again, Grealish’s flat shot was blocked by the Ukrainian goalkeeper, but the ice was broken in the 76th minute: De Bruyne he pounced on a rebound and clipped it under the crossbar (1–1).

Within minutes, the Belgian conductor could have decided the duel, but Lunyin parried his cross with a great feat, then shot over the crossbar in a door-window position, leaving the final game open.

Even in the fifth minute of extra time, there was a chance for Haaland, but no more goals were scored, so after two years, extra time could come between the sides again.

After Jérémy Doku, who arrived for the encore, Julián Álvarez also entered the field, and City had more than 80 percent of the ball – without real breakthrough power. Vinícius could have gone out with a dangerous counterattack, but Kyle Walker made a brilliant save, and the Brazilian was replaced not long after.

Antonio Rüdiger, who remained in front after the first corner from Madrid (17-1), could have given the away team the advantage almost out of nowhere, but the German defender bombed over the bar. The second half was all about substitutions and field play, so the penalties could come.

The battle of nerves is City, to be exact Julian Alvarez started, raised to the left side of the gate, Luka Modric his attempt to the bottom right was saved by Ederson (1–0). Bernardo Silva he aimed for the middle of the goal, but Lunyin did not throw himself, so he saved easily, Jude Bellingham so he easily equalized (1–1). Mateo Kovacic copied his national anthem, Lucas Vazquez and gave Real an advantage (1–2). Phil Foden calmly raised to the upper right, but Nacho it didn’t hurt either, so Real was already in the top four with half a leg (2-3). The City goalkeeper came to the key penalty, Ederson shot in the lower right Antonio Rudiger however, he did the same, so despite the 34-8 shooting ratio, Real advanced (3–4)!

Bayern Munich (Germany) – Arsenal (England) 1–0 (0–0)

After the 2-2 draw in London, Jamal Musiala had the first opportunity in the second leg in Munich, and David Raya made a great save to prevent the home goal.

After that, the “gunners” became more dangerous, first Martin Ödegaard’s shot was blocked by Manuel Neuer, and then Gabriel Martinelli’s attempt was neutralized by the German goalkeeper.

At the beginning of the second half, Leon Goretzka’s goal was saved by the goal post, and Raphael Guerreiro’s replay was blocked by the defenders.

In the 63rd minute, nothing stopped Bayern’s lead, thanks to Guerreiro’s pass Joshua Kimmich arrived well (1–0).

No more goals were scored, so the Munich team, who have not yet won a trophy this season, kept their Champions League dreams alive.

Champions League, quarter-finals, second legs

Manchester City (England) – Real Madrid (Spain) 1-1 (De Bruyne 76, or Rodrygo 12) – With 11s: 3–4

Passed on: the Real Madrid, 4-4 with penalties.

Bayern Munich (German) – Arsenal (English) 1-0 (Kimmich 63.)

Passed on: the Bayern Munich, 3-2 on aggregate.

tuesday results

  • FC Barcelona (Spain)–Paris Saint-Germain (France) 1–4 (Raphinha 12th, or Dembélé 39th, Vitinha 54th, Mbappé 61st, 89th – the first of the 11)
  • Passed on: the PSG, 6–4 on aggregate.
  • Borussia Dortmund (Germany)–Atlético Madrid (Spain) 4–2 (Brandt 34., Maatsen 39., Füllkrug 71., Sabitzer 74., and Hummels 48. – own goal, Á. Correa 64.)
  • Passed on: the Dortmund, 5-4 on aggregate.

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