I said they were going to get more chances but I didn’t expect one to come so quickly! Fernandinho was brilliant down that right-hand side. What a cross he puts in. It’s crying out for somebody to get on the end of it and Phil Foden does just that. He couldn’t miss.
Manchester City vs. Real Madrid – UEFA Champions League Semifinals: First Leg (4/26/22) | How to Watch, Start Time
The final four of this season’s UEFA Champions League is set, and on Tuesday, the first leg of one of the semifinal matchups is set to commence, as Manchester City gets set to host Real Madrid in the United Kingdom.
One year removed from making it to the first-ever Champions League Final, Manchester City is looking to carve their path back to the championship match. The defending English Premier League champs are back in the UCL semis for just the third time in club history. They have made it to his points by finishing atop Group A, before making easy work of Sporting CP in the Round of 16. Then, in the quarterfinals, they eliminated the defending La Liga champions in Atletico Madrid.
Now, they are set to meet with other club from Madrid. Real Madrid looked dominant early on, going 5-1-0 in Group D. However, they needed to comeback in the Round of 16 against Paris Saint-Germain, before needing extra time to move past defending Champions League winners Chelsea in the quarters. This is their second trip in a row to the UCL semifinals, and hope to make it back to the championship match for the first time since 2018.
This will be just the eight meeting all-time in Champions League play between the two clubs. Their last meeting came back in the Round of 16 during the 2019-20 season, when ManCity knocked off Real Madrid, 4-2 on aggregate.
What: UEFA Champions League Semifinals
Who: Manchester City FC vs. Real Madrid CF (First Leg)
When: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
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Man. City vs Real Madrid: Their previous meetings
Losing finalists last season, City are eager to make amends, but the 13-time European champions are a huge obstacle in their path. These sides met in the semi-finals in 2015/16, drawing 0-0 in Manchester before Fernando’s own goal at the Santiago Bernabéu took Real Madrid to the final, where they beat city rivals Atlético on penalties. Pep Guardiola’s side avenged that defeat in 2019/20, beating the Merengues 2-1 away and then at home in the round of 16, but the stakes are much higher this time.
UEFA Champions League 2021-22, semi-finals leg 1: Real Madrid vs Manchester City; Liverpool vs Villarreal – watch live
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The UEFA Champions League 2021-22 is down to its final four and the semi-final stage is all set to get underway this week. Manchester City welcome Real Madrid to the Etihad Stadium while Liverpool host Villarreal at Anfield for the first leg.
Liverpool will start favourites against Villarreal at home but all eyes will be on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, who will be itching to reach their second straight UCL final.
Despite dominating English football in recent years, Manchester City haven’t been able to claim any European honour yet despite coming close on multiple occasions. The Cityzens made three back-to-back quarter-finals in the UEFA Champions League before losing out to Chelsea in last season’s title decider.
This season, record 13-time champions Real Madrid stand between them and yet another title shot but Manchester City will enter the fixture brimming with confidence.
At the last UCL tie between the two teams in 2019-20, City’s Kevin de Bruyne starred in his team’s 4-2 aggregate win over the Spanish giants in the round of 16. The Belgian midfielder will look for a repeat performance.
Pep Guardiola, who is leading a side to the Champions League semi-final for a record ninth time, also has an impressive record against Real Madrid as a coach across competitions.
However, Real Madrid have come into the final four having beaten star-studded Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the last-16 and last season’s champions Chelsea in the quarter-finals.
Luka Modric in the midfield and Karim Benzema, who is in the form of his life, will be the key men for Los Blancos.
A first-leg advantage at home will be critical for Manchester City before heading to Spain for the second leg next week.
In the other semi-final, six-time champions Liverpool will be eyeing to add to the European section of their trophy cabinet. However, Villarreal are a tricky opponent for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Despite the home advantage and a superior record, the English giants will be wary of their Spanish opponents, who have beaten former champions Juventus and Bayern Munich en route to the semi-finals.