April 26, 2022 – Manchester City dealt a first blow to Real Madrid on Tuesday night. Pep Guardiola’s side put in a great performance against Real Madrid, who despite losing 4-3 will feel like a moral winner after falling behind. But in England, there was really only one real winner: the football crowd.
For example, the fastest goal ever in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the start. Kevin De Bruyne’s header after 94 seconds turned out to be the perfect start to a great match that seemed decided after eleven minutes. In the opening phase The Royal namely outclassed by the home side and when Gabriel Jesus was able to make it 2-0 early in the game, all the alarm bells went off. That was because of Riyad Mahrez The citizens hadn’t scored three or four times in half an hour.
The winger missed a teammate in the first act, wasting a huge chance and moments later was missing the target. After the break, the winger hit the post and that too was a painful miss as Karim Benzema had nicely put the ball back in the first game. It was his fortieth (!) goal of the season and the Frenchman has never scored so many goals before.
The missed shots by Mahrez, who missed the chance to make it 5:2 in the final phase, did not prove fatal to Manchester City in this one-on-one game, because mega talent Phil Foden himself scored nicely after the huge chance. The 21-year-old footballer had just missed Mahrez’s rebound from the rebound, but made it 3-1 shortly after the break. Because another 21-year-old, Vinícius Júnior, scored the goal again a little later with a sprint from sixty meters, the football party in Manchester also remained exciting.
And the football celebration would also end in excitement, because after Bernando Silva seemed to decide the game in a great way, Real Madrid got a somewhat cheap penalty after an unlucky handball. The ball went 11 yards out and Benzema was behind the ball. Although the French striker had missed twice from the penalty spot last time, he kept his cool this time. With a great Panenka, he ended the most beautiful game of this Champions League season in proper style.
Accordingly, the return remains exciting and the match in Madrid can also become such a beautiful football duel as this Tuesday evening in Manchester. City were the winners in statistics, Real Madrid won’t be entirely dissatisfied after two goals down and the crowd was the big winner of this wonderful evening of football. Guardiola will think that Mahrez should have decided the game in favor of the English.