Mancity Tramples Real Madrid In Semi Thriller

Manchester City are on track to reach their second consecutive Champions League final after defeating Real Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final.

City took a 2-0 lead after 11 minutes thanks to a diving header from Kevin de Bruyne and a clinical finish from Gabriel Jesus.

Karim Benzema volleyed home for Real, but Phil Foden’s header made it 3-1.

Real’s Vinicius Jr scored an individual goal, Bernardo Silva blasted in City’s fourth before Benzema’s chipped penalty following Aymeric Laporte’s handball.

City have never won the European Cup or Champions League and lost 1-0 to Chelsea in last season’s final, but produced a superb performance to take an advantage to Spain.

However, manager Pep Guardiola will be annoyed they did not secure a wider winning margin after leading 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but Benzema’s incredible ‘Panenka’ penalty gave the Spanish league leaders hope of turning the tie around at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, 4 May.

Liverpool face Spanish side Villarreal in this year’s other semi-final, with the first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

The final will be held at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, 28 May.