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Man City knocked out of UCL by Madrid


Man City knocked out of UCL by Madrid

Real Madrid beat Manchester City to reach the UEFA Champions League semifinals 4-3 on penalties after withstanding a barrage at the Etihad on Wednesday (Apr 17). Rodrygo gave the visitors an early lead before Kevin De Bruyne hit back for the holders to leave the match level at 1-1 on the night and 4-4 on aggregate. However, Man City’s defence of the competition came to an end after Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic saw spot-kicks saved by Madrid’s unlikely hero Andriy Lunin.

Manchester City's hold on the Champions League was wrestled away by Real Madrid as they were beaten on penalties in a dramatic quarter-final at Etihad Stadium.

The holders recovered from going behind to Rodrygo's early strike to lay siege to Real's goal, finally equalising 14 minutes from the end of normal time when Kevin de Bruyne pounced on Antonio Rudiger's clearance.

It was the least City deserved for their almost total domination but a lack of the finishing touch cost them as Real, despite being exhausted and mounting a desperate rearguard action, held out for spot-kicks.

City looked on course to meet Bayern Munich in the semi-final when Luka Modric missed Real's first penalty but Bernardo Silva's dreadful effort and another from substitute Mateo Kovacic were saved by keeper Andriy Lunin, leaving Rudiger to step up and clinch victory for the Champions League specialists.

It ended City's bid for another Treble of Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup, and they must now recover from this grueling encounter to defend the latter in the semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

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