Manchester City, Real Madrid through to UCL semi-finals

Manchester City, Real Madrid through to UCL semi-finals

Phil Foden grabbed the winner once again as Manchester City beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

It was a feat being achieved for the first time under manager Pep Guardiola.

Foden was on target in the 75th minute. The Englishman scored after Riyad Mahrez’ penalty kick had cancelled out Borussia Dortmund’s first-half lead through Jude Bellingham. Manchester City advanced 4-2 on aggregate, having also topped the first quarter-final 2-1 last week from Foden’s late strike.

They now face last year’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the last four; which they only reached once previously in 2016. Manchester City have gone out in the last 16 and three quarter-finals under the reign of Guardiola; who lifted the trophy with FC Barcelona in 2009 and 2011.

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe’s PSG, who ousted holders Bayern Munich the previous day, and Manchester City badly want to win the elite event a first time.

Now, one of them is assured of a place in the May 29 final in Istanbul.

“This club and this team deserve it. We are grateful for being in a great competition and reaching the semi-finals for the first time with this team.

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“Obviously we are very happy about it,” Manchester City’s German midfielder Ilkay Guendogan said.

Meanwhile, record 13-time winners Real Madrid are also in the semi-finals. The Spanish aide grabbed a 0-0 draw at Anfield to complete a 3-1 aggregate win over 2019 champions, Liverpool. Their opponents in the last four scheduled for April 27/28 and May 5/6 are Chelsea who eliminated FC Porto on Tuesday.

England teenager Bellingham scored his first Bundesliga goal on the weekend. He followed up against Manchester City when he fired into the top right corner for a Borussia Dortmund dream start.

However, Manchester City stepped up the pace and went in search of a goal needed to avoid elimination; with Kevin de Bruyne denied by the crossbar and Mahrez’ shot blocked by Bellingham. They were level in the 54th minute from Mahrez’ penalty kick into the right corner.

It was awarded and then confirmed by the video assistant referee after Germany defender Emre Can headed a cross onto his own outstretched arm.

Borussia Dortmund’s fate was sealed in the 75th minute. Foden surprised goalkeeper Marwin Hitz with a shot into the near right corner off a corner-kick.

 

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