Man City keep cool to set up semi with Real Madrid


Wednesday’s second leg in Madrid was the 100th that Manchester City have played in the Champions League

Manchester City produced a mature and disciplined performance to hold off the challenge of Atletico Madrid – and set up a Champions League semi-final showdown with the Spanish side’s city rivals Real.

Knowing a clean sheet would be enough to seal the tie, City kept their cool in the face of a hostile home crowd and intimidation from a physical Atleti side showing far more ambition than in the first leg.

Ilkay Gundogan could have made life much easier for Pep Guardiola’s men by slotting in from close range, instead of against the post in the first half.

But in the face of much-increased pressure and a home side pushing desperately for parity, City put up a resolute rearguard action to confirm their progression to the last four.

Atletico ended the contest with 10 men when defender Felipe was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous follow-through on Phil Foden, having received his first for an arm that drew blood from the England international’s head.

Real Madrid, who edged past Chelsea in a thrilling quarter-final tie on Tuesday, now stand between City and a second successive appearance in the final of Europe’s premier club competition.

Having lost to Thomas Tuchel’s Blues in last season’s final, Guardiola’s side are seeking a maiden Champions League title in a campaign where they are still challenging on three fronts.

They lead the Premier League by one point from second-placed Liverpool – and face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in an FA Cup semi-final this Saturday.

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Atlético Madrid

  1. Squad number13Player nameOblak

  2. Squad number14Player nameMarcos Llorente

  3. Squad number15Player nameSavic

  4. Squad number18Player nameFelipe

  5. Squad number23Player nameReinildo

  6. Squad number12Player nameRenan Lodi

  7. Squad number8Player nameGriezmann

  8. Squad number6Player nameKoke

  9. Squad number4Player nameKondogbia

  10. Squad number11Player nameLemar

  11. Squad number7Player nameJoão Félix

  1. Squad number5Player namede Paul

  2. Squad number9Player nameSu√°rez

  3. Squad number10Player nameCorrea

  4. Squad number19Player nameMatheus Cunha

  5. Squad number21Player nameCarrasco

Manchester City

  1. Squad number6Player nameAké
  2. Squad number7Player nameSterling
  3. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 5-4-1

  • 13Oblak
  • 14LlorenteBooked at 80mins
  • 15SavicBooked at 90mins
  • 18FelipeBooked at 90mins
  • 23Mandava
  • 12Lodi dos SantosSubstituted forCorreaat 70′minutes
  • 8GriezmannSubstituted forCarrascoat 69′minutes
  • 6KokeSubstituted forde Paulat 69′minutes
  • 4Kondogbia
  • 11LemarSubstituted forSu√°rezat 82′minutes
  • 7SequeiraSubstituted forSantos Carneiro Da Cunhaat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Lecomte
  • 5de Paul
  • 9Su√°rez
  • 10Correa
  • 17Wass
  • 19Santos Carneiro Da Cunha
  • 21Carrasco
  • 22Hermoso
  • 24Vrsaljko
  • 26Serrano Mart√≠nez

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerSubstituted forAk√©at 73′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Stones
  • 14Laporte
  • 27CanceloBooked at 90mins
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forSterlingat 65′minutes
  • 16RodriBooked at 85mins
  • 8G√ľndogan
  • 26MahrezBooked at 90mins
  • 47FodenBooked at 90mins
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forFernandinhoat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3R√ļben Dias
  • 6Ak√©
  • 7Sterling
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 48Delap
  • 53Edozie
  • 87McAtee
  • 90Lavia

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