At Madrid 0 – 0 Manchester City


Manchester City’s goalless draw against Atletico Madrid was enough to secure a 1-0 victory on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Leading from the first leg thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s goal, Man City held their advantage against a frenzied Wanda Metropolitano crowd to advance to the last four.

There were nervous moments late on as Atletico pushed hard for the goal despite Felipe being shown a red card in stoppage time for a second bookable offence.

Ederson was forced into a 102nd-minute save by substitute Angel Correa to ensure it was Man City who faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals.

Player ratings

Oblak (6); Llorente (7), Savic (5), Felipe (4), Reinildo (7), Renan Lodi (7); Koke (6), Kondogbia (8), Lemar (7); Griezmann (6), Joao Felix (6).

Subtitles: Carrasco (7), De Paul (6), Correa (7), Suarez (6), Cunha (6).

Man City: Ederson (6); Walker (7), Stones (8), Laporte (8), Cancelo (7); Rodri (6), Gundogan (6), Bernardo (6); Mahrez (6), De Bruyne (6), Foden (7).

Subtitles: Sterling (6), Ake (7), Fernandinho (6).

Man of the match: Geoffrey Kondogbia

How Man City got through this test

Atletico had been criticized for their timid performance in Manchester, but there was more intent from the start in Madrid, showcasing their aggressive approach.

Fans booed Pep Guardiola’s name and mocked him for taking a knee. When the match started, Felipe’s brutal challenge against Phil Foden caused blood to flow from his head.

Foden played with a bandage and City tried to play their football despite the hostility, almost finding the decisive goal when Ilkay Gundogan hit the foot of the post.

Team News

Diego Simeone made a change as Atletico Madrid lost the first leg, but it was attacking. Thomas Lemar came on as a replacement for full-back Sime Vrsaljko, while Marcos Llorente dropped back.

Pep Guardiola has made two changes to Manchester City’s draw with Liverpool as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling make way for Ilkay Gundogan and Riyad Mahrez. There was a place on the bench for Ruben Dias.

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Ilkay Gundogan nearly opened the scoring in the first half for Manchester City against Atletico Madrid

But Diego Simeone’s side redoubled their efforts after the break, pushing more players forward and upping the tempo, with Antoine Griezmann firing just wide of the post.

Injuries to De Bruyne and Kyle Walker added to the sense of danger as Simeone’s triple substitution midway through the second half put pressure on the away team.

But when Felipe was finally sent off for another foul on Foden, the job seemed to be done against their increasingly desperate hosts. Stefan Savic somehow stayed on the pitch despite an apparent header on Raheem Sterling, then pulled Jack Grealish’s hair as tempers flared while Foden was injured.

And yet, it still needed a save from Ederson with all but the last kick of the game to deny Correa. Manchester City had passed. Only.

Stones: we kept our cool

“We know they sometimes try to make things happen that way,” John Stones said of the stoppage-time melee that resulted in Felipe’s red card, when addressing to BT Sports.

“I think we handled it very well. I don’t want to dwell on it too much because over two legs I think we played incredibly against such an experienced team.

“I’m so proud of the guys today, how we kept control, kept our composure. It’s so easy to get sucked into things like that. I’m so happy to have that. done. Have a nice evening.”

Guardiola: We deserve it but we have problems

“In the second half they were better than us and we were lucky we didn’t concede,” Guardiola said. BT Sports. “In the first half we had our chances. Overall we are in the semi-finals. It’s well deserved.”

The City manager refused to be lured into Atletico’s antics but noted De Bruyne and Walker’s injuries are causing them problems as they continue to compete for the Premier League title and the FA Cup.

“We have big problems. We can’t forget that we played three days ago in a difficult game against Liverpool. We have to come here and we have a lot of injuries at the moment.

“I don’t know what will happen in the next few weeks, but today we are going to celebrate because it is the third time in Manchester City’s history that we have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. “

Champions League semi-final draw

  • Manchester City v Real Madrid
  • Liverpool v Villarreal

The first legs will be played on April 26 and 27; The return matches will be played on May 3/4

The final will be played in Paris on May 28

What’s next for Man City and Atletico Madrid?

Manchester City will face Liverpool again on Saturday as they travel to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final; kick off at 3:30 p.m. Pep Guardiola’s side are back in the Premier League against Brighton on Wednesday as they look to hold on to their slim one-point advantage at the top of the table.

Atletico Madrid return to La Liga on Saturday afternoon as they host Espanyol in mid-table; kick off at 3:15 p.m. Diego Simeone’s side will then face relegation-threatened Granada on Wednesday, hoping to avoid pressure from Real Betis and Real Sociedad for fourth place; kick off at 6 p.m.




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