RReal Madrid and Manchester City drew 3-3 in a truly brilliant duel, and after 90 minutes at the Bernabéu Stadium it is not entirely clear which of the two heavyweights will advance to the Champions League semi-finals. After the first leg of the quarterfinals, Real seems to be in the fight Toni Kroos and Antonio Rüdiger at a disadvantage, the decision will be made in Manchester on April 17.

An own goal was scored by Rubén Dias (12th) as well as goals by Rodrygo (14th) and Federico Valverde (79th) MadridBernardo Silva (2nd), Phil Foden (66th) and former Leipzig player Josko Gvardiol (71st) scored for City; especially the goals from Valverde, Foden and Gvardiol were true works of art.

The German national team players played a supporting role in this wild evening of football. Rüdiger and his teammates worked for a long time in defense, but they could not prevent the English team from scoring dream goals: Kroos set the pace at the beginning, but had to take over in the hectic phase Luka modric of the place.

The renewed meeting between the two European heavyweights is the highlight of the Champions League season so far, with the clubs competing in the premier class for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Now it is “a classic,” said the city coach Pep Guardiolaand the atmosphere in Madrid was up to par.

The English fans were celebrating in the Plaza Mayor since midday, the sun was shining and the atmosphere in front of the stadium increased a minute before the start of the match. Once inside, Silva caught the host off guard. The Portuguese shot a free kick from the left half near the corner, when not only Real Madrid goalkeeper Andrej Lunin was waiting for a cross.

However, Madrid came back helped by two deflected balls, the German City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega seemed helpless: Dias directed a shot from Eduardo Camavinga into his own goal and Manuel Akanji stepped on the ball with his heel when Rodrygo scored. Kevin De Bruyne, who was ill, now had the ball for long periods, staying remarkably deep and repeatedly surprising City at high speed after winning the ball.

Then, however, Foden and Gvardiol fired into the corner with fantastic trajectories, before Valverde volleyed a cross into the goal.


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