Champions League: Manchester City vs Real Madrid – As it happened

Man City edge out 13-time European champions Real Madrid in thrilling semi-final first-leg at the Etihad Stadium.

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Man City played out to a thrilling 4-3 win against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. [Lee Smith/Reuters]
  • De Bruyne scored opener in second minute.
  • Jesus, Foden and Silva other scorers for Man City.
  • Benzema (two) and Vinicius Jr scorers for Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid looking for 14th European crown.
  • Manchester City have never been beaten by Real Madrid at home.
  • Real appearing in a Champions League semi-final for a record 15th time.
  • City in their second successive Champions League semi-final.

It’s a wrap

Thankyou all for joining us for what was an EXTRAORDINARY game of football.

Thankfully, there’s a second-leg to go. For the winners, there’s a tie awaiting them on May 28.

For now, it’s goodbye from us.

‘Great game of football’

“For the fans watching, it was obviously a great game of football,” Foden said while speaking to BT Sport.

“We know that if we give the ball away in those areas, they’re going to punish us. It’s something we need to work on. It was end-to-end at times. We had chances to kill them off and in these games, you have to take those chances.”

Meanwhile, Jesus got a goal and the MOTM award.

90+3 Mins


Man City 4-3 Real Madrid

It’s been an entertaining game, filled with attacking football. City attacked right from the start, scored in the second minute and while Madrid showed plenty of determination to get themselves back into the game, the early shock left them a mountain to climb.

90 Mins

At 34-years-old, Benzema continues to break records. Meanwhile, there will be three minutes of second half stoppage time.


86 Mins

This time Vinicius Junior puts the ball over the top, wasting a Madrid attack.

Meanwhile, Vinicius is now off and on comes Asensio.

Man City 4-3 Real Madrid.

81 Mins

Benzema scores the penalty

It was a cheeky chipped effort beyond Ederson.

Madrid were awarded a penalty following a handball from Laporte.

Man City 4-3 Real Madrid.

78 Mins

Madrid make a change as Ceballos is on for Modric who has not had the best of games.

They will be hoping that the change can inject some energy into their attack.

Foden has now proven beyond any reasonable doubt that he is a star.

Man City 4-2 Real Madrid.

73 Mins


Zinchenko probes. He goes down.

Advantage played before Bernardo Silva gets the ball and produces a brilliant finish.

Man City 4-2 Real Madrid.

68 Mins

Both teams have been defending poorly and been impacted by injuries at the back.

Meanwhile, Vinicius and Foden have proven while they have been dubbed “the next big thing”.

Both of the youngsters have maturity far beyond their age in key games as is on display.

Man City 3-2 Real Madrid

63 Mins

This has been a brilliant game.

Plenty of end to end action.

Man City and Real fans will be on the edge of their seats.

Neutrals will be enjoying the action.

58 Mins

Fernandinho created a goal before causing City to concede one just moments later.

This symbolizes the game so far.

Man City 3-2 Real Madrid

55 Mins

Vinicius Jr produces a brilliant solo run to score.

This will go down as one of the goals of the season.

The Brazil international beats Fernandinho before Laporte fails to catch him in his tracks.

Moments earlier City manager Guardiola got a yellow card for dissent.

Man City 3-2 Real Madrid

53 Mins

Foden makes it three for City

Fernandinho has been a super sub. He wins the ball and produces a pin-point cross.

Foden heads beyond Courtois.

Man City 3-1 Real Madrid.

48 Mins


Man City nearly add a third.

Mahrez makes a darting run, capitalizing from poor Madrid defence.

He hits the post before Carvajal blocks Foden’s follow-up.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

45 Mins

We are back underway

Madrid have made a change as Alaba has been replaced by Nacho.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

45 Mins

Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus were brilliant for City

Madrid were all over the place initially but Benzema’s strike brought them back into the game.

City could not have asked for their attackers to be any better but sloppy defending let them down.

Will Real look to make a defensive change or two?

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

45 Mins

It was an electric first half.

Just as Man City looked like they were going to dominate, the in-form Benzema brought Madrid back into the game.

Pep’s plan to start with Stones in defence clearly backfired.

It looks like we are set for a thrilling second half.

De Bruyne’s opener was the earliest Man City have scored in a Champions League game.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

45 Mins

Half Time: It’s been Man City vs Benzema.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

44 Mins

Benzema’s form this season means that he will surely have to be in the conversation for the Ballon d’Or award.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

40 Mins

Even though they are ahead, City can’t afford to sleep at the back while Benzema is in good form.

The Frenchman now has 40 goals in all competitions this season.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

36 Mins


Man City make an early change.

Fernandinho is on for Stones.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

32 Mins

GOAL! Benzema!

Mendy produces a good cross and Benzema produces a lethal finish to pull one back for Madrid.

Ederson had no chance.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

30 Mins

Zinchenko steps into midfield and shoots from range. His shot just sails wide.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

25 Mins

Ederson’s passing has been poor

City are on top but goalkeeper Ederson’s passing has been a bit poor as he makes his third poor pass of the night.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

21 Mins

Jesus is on fire

He now has five goals in two games and is proving to be Mr Reliable for Man City

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

18 Mins

Madrid have their first chance. Vincius Jr wins a corner.

The corner was a disaster.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

15 Mins

It’s City firmly on top.

Foden is causing trouble for the Madrid defence.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

10 Mins

Gabriel Jesus makes it two

Foden produces a good run before picking out assist specialist De Bruyne.

Helped out by poor defending from Alaba, Jesus slots expertly to double City’s advantage.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

6 Mins

Ederson nearly gifted Madrid a goal with a poor pass.

Luckily for him, Rodri was aware and cleared the danger.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid

5 Mins: 90 seconds

That was all it took for City to take the lead.

Madrid now have some work to do. The are trying to press further up.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid

 2 Mins: GOAL

De Bruyne gives City the lead

Mahrez does some good work to set up the goal.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid

🕒 1: We are off

City start proceedings.

Which team will make the final?

Kick off approaching

The two teams are in the tunnel.

We are nearly starting

The two teams are about done with their pre-match preparations.

Excitment is building throughout the world!

Are you ready?

City are in good form

City’s passing accuracy in the Champions League this season is almost 91% and they are averaging 2.4 goals per match.

Madrid are Champions League giants

Madrid are 13 time European Champions.

This is their 10th semi-final appearance in 12 seasons and record 15th semi-final appearance.

This has the makings of a true classic

Historical stats suggest that this tie could go either way.

Both teams are also entering the tie on the back of good form.

Grealish misses out for Man City again

Jack Grealish continues to be overlooked for Champions League games!

Some Man City fans are clearly not happy.

Benzema checking in

Today will mark Benzema’s 600th appearance for Real Madrid!

Can he break Man City hearts in their own backyard?

Can City end their Champions League drought?

City have never won the Champions League.

The Champions League has eluded Guardiola since 2011.

Mind games!

It appears that Pep was playing mind games all along! John Stones starts at right back for Man City!


Man City: Ederson, Stones, Dias (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Kroos, Benzema, Modric, Valverde, Vini Jr, Rodrygo, Mendy

Is Jesus the man for City tonight?

Gabriel Jesus scored four in his last game. How many can he score tonight?

Preview: Glittering history gives Real an advantage

Real Madrid’s glittering history in the Champions League gives them an advantage when they face Manchester City in the first leg of the semi-finals, according to the Spanish side’s coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City cannot compete with Real Madrid’s European pedigree but said they can write a new chapter of their own.

Read our match preview here.

Source: Al Jazeera