Real Madrid Edges Out Manchester City on Penalties 4-3 AFP

Real Madrid Edges Out Manchester City on Penalties 4-3

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Football

April 18th, 2024

In a thrilling Champions League encounter, Real Madrid defied the odds to knock out defending champions Manchester City, edging them out 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. This victory propels Real Madrid a step closer to a record-extending 15th title in the competition.

A Tight Encounter Between European Giants

The match was a tense affair, with City dominating possession (64%) and creating numerous chances. However, Real Madrid displayed resolute defending, epitomized by Jude Bellingham's tireless work ethic in midfield.

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Real Madrid struck first through Rodrygo in the 12th minute, but City responded through Kevin De Bruyne's equalizer in the 76th minute. Despite their dominance, City failed to capitalize on their numerous opportunities, with Erling Haaland and De Bruyne missing key chances.

Penalty Drama Sends Real Madrid  over Manchester City

With the score tied after extra time, the outcome was decided by a penalty shootout. After Luka Modric's missed penalty gave City an early advantage, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin emerged as the hero, saving penalties from Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic. Antonio Rudiger then converted the winning penalty, sending Real Madrid into raptures and City left to rue their missed opportunities.

Real Madrid's Experience Shines Through

This victory highlights Real Madrid's never-say-die attitude and experience in high-pressure situations. Coach Carlo Ancelotti, already a record four-time Champions League winner, praised his team's mentality and fighting spirit. For Pep Guardiola, it's a return to the drawing board after City's dreams of retaining the trophy were dashed.

This was the third season Real Madrid and Manchester City have played in the Champions League, cementing their standing as one of Europe's most intriguing rivals. With Real Madrid advancing and Bayern Munich in the semifinals, another thrilling Champions League story awaits.

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