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October 4, 2023

Written By Onyeka Daniel

In the other semi-final of the UEFA Champions League, Manchester City were able to exert their own reenge against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, defeating the Los Blancos by after playing a 1-1 draw.

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At the blast of the whistle, the home side quickly made their intentions known as they dominated the possession and kept the ball with some quick interchanges of passes, going long at times and also threatening.

In the 13th minutes, Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois had to make a superb save to deny a header which was nodded low towards the middle of the goal by Erling Haaland.


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In the 21st minute, there was another attempt as a header from Haaland from very close range goes towards the left-hand post, but doesn’t get past Thibaut Courtois, who makes a brilliant save to keep his team in the game.

The pressure finally paid off in the 23rd minute as a Kevin De Bruyne pass to Bernardo Silva opened up the Madrid defense and the Portuguese showed a brilliant composure to open the score with a great finish.

The game suddenly came to live in the 35th minutes as Kroos received a fine pass and tried his luck from long range. His attempt went towards the top of the net, but the goalkeeper was alert and pulled off a great save to push the ball onto the bar.

City continued to dominate and threaten and they didn’t stop there and 4 minutes later, there had an attempt as a pass lands at the feet of Gundogan, who was the hero against Everton at the weekend in the EPL.

The German midfielder was in the middle of the box, he looks up and shoots but the effort is superbly blocked by a defender and after an attempt and a few rebounds the ball finds its way to Silva, who was the quickest to the ball and nodded the ball in for the second goal and take a 2-0 lead into the half time break.

With a 2-goal lead, it looked like City had taken a foot off the pedal as they look to see off the game. There were a couple of half attempts and a couple of cards shown to both teams as Real Madrid tried to come back into the game. It was one of these incidents that led to the third goal for City as they made their domination count.

In the 75th minute, Eduardo Camavinga is shown a yellow card by the referee as a free kick is awarded to City. The free kick is whipped in by De Bruyne and the ball hits Eder Militao who finds the back of his own net to make it 3-0. The Cityzens soon added a fourth in extra time as two second half substitute combined brilliantly to add the icing on the cake.

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A great through ball by Phil Foden sets up Julian Alvarez inside the box and the Argentine forward makes no mistake and buries the ball into the bottom left corner to put the result beyond doubt.

With this result, it will be Manchester City against Italian side, Inter Milan at the Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul, Turkey for the final of this season’s UCL. City have never won the trophy while Inter Milan have won it thrice with their last triumph in 2010 under Jose Mourinho, which is also the last time they were in the final of the tournament, unlike City who lost to Chelsea in 2021 under Guardiola.

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