Man City qualified for UEFA champions league semi-finals
Manchester City showed maturity and discipline to hold off Atletico Madrid and advance to the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid, the Spanish club’s city rivals.
City kept their cool in the face of a hostile home crowd and intimidation from a physical Atleti side that showed far more ambition than in the first leg.
Instead of hitting the post in the first half, Ilkay Gundogan could have made life much easier for Pep Guardiola’s men by slotting in from close range.
City put up a resolute rearguard action in the face of increased pressure and a home side desperate for parity, confirming their progression to the last four.
After receiving his first yellow card for an arm that drew blood from the England international’s head, Atletico was reduced to ten men when defender Felipe was sent off for a dangerous follow-through on Phil Foden.
Real Madrid, who beat Chelsea in a thrilling quarter-final tie on Tuesday, now stands in the way of City reaching the final of Europe’s premier club competition for the second time.
Guardiola’s side is chasing a first Champions League title after losing to Thomas Tuchel’s Blues in last season’s final. They are still in contention on three fronts this season.
They are one point ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League and will face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in an FA Cup semi-final on Saturday.
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