Manchester City thrash poor Real Madrid to reach UCL final

Manchester City thrash poor Real Madrid to reach UCL final

Manchester City dethroned the kings of European football, playing them off the park to book their place in the final. The final score of 4-0 was by no means flattering; it was a kind reflection of match proceedings.


The hosts made a blistering start and soon established a dominance that lasted for almost the entirety of the game.

The brilliant Bernardo Silva was City’s executioner in the first half. He smashed the ball past the excellent Thibaut Courtois after being played in by De Bruyne for the first goal. He then guided the ball past Courtois with his header after the Belgian tipped a Gundogan shot into the air.

Toni Kroos did hit the woodwork at 1-0; but it was a rare bright moment from a Real Madrid team that was simply overwhelmed.

Ederson was tested early in the second half when he palmed over a David Alaba free-kick; but City continued to control the majority of possession.

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As Real began to get stretched, Haaland was inches away from adding a third when his shot bounced up off Courtois’ leg and struck the bar.

Real were beaten soon after, however, as De Bruyne swung in a free-kick from the left and Akanji’s glancing header was deflected past Courtois by Militao.

Substitute Dani Ceballos forced a late save from Ederson as Real searched for a consolation but Alvarez wrapped up a memorable victory in stoppage time with a neat finish.

Manchester City will take on Inter Milan in the final of the UEFA Champions League. The final will take place at Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium on Saturday 10 June 2023.

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