Manchester City are into the UCL Final after thrashing Real Madrid 4-0 which means the Citizens now moved a step closer to the treble by dismantling Real Madrid at the Etihad to reach a second Champions League final in three years.
However, Real Madrid’s chances of reaching a second consecutive Champions League final are all but over, with Manchester City having now added a third in the second leg of their semi-final tie.
The reigning Premier League champions have been in incredible form, and they raced into a two-goal lead in the first half, with Bernardo Silva scoring both.
It could’ve been even more, had it not been for the efforts of Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian kept Real Madrid in the tie, but surely now, any hope has been extinguished with Man City now adding a third.
Manuel Akanji’s flicked effort went in off Eder Militao to give Courtois no chance. Following a 1-1 draw in Madrid last week, Bernardo Silva blew the European champions away inside 37 minutes of this second leg, with the Portugal midfielder’s double handing City full control of the tie.
And as the visitors chased a route back into the game, Eder Militao’s own goal 14 minutes from time and a late Julian Alvarez strike sealed a huge 4-0 win for Pep Guardiola’s side, who will meet Inter Milan in next month’s final.
Carlo Ancelotti opted to start with Eder Militao in place for Antonio Rudiger for Wednesday’s second leg, despite the latter’s excellent performance in the first leg, and it is a decision that appeared to backfire, as Man City absolutely dominated the first half.
Thibaut Courtois made several excellent saves, but he was powerless to stop Bernardo Silva opening the scoring after 25 minutes. The Portuguese added his and Man City’s second soon after, looping a header into the back of the net.
Real Madrid had a disastrous first half, and although they improved in the second period, they were unable to beat Ederson in the Man City goal. The hosts added a third courtesy of a Militao own goal, while Julian Alvarez added a fourth in injury time to put the icing on the cake.
Man City will now play Inter Milan in next month’s final, while Real Madrid will return to La Liga action to see out their season. It is a disappointing end for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, although they have picked up three trophies across the campaign.
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