Champion: City in the semi-finals, Haaland challenges Real Madrid – Football

Champion: City in the semi-finals, Haaland challenges Real Madrid – Football

Manchester City qualified for the Champions League semi-finals, eliminating Bayern Munich with a 4-1 aggregate victory, leaving no doubts about the progress of the first leg in the quarter-finals. The 3-0 victory a week ago in Manchester put Pep Guardiola’s team in a position where they did not suffer in the second leg, not even an ‘event’. The penalty kick that Erling Haaland missed in the first half changed the course of things, given that the Norwegian immediately made up for it, Where he signed 1-0 in the second half and confirmed his appointment with Real Madrid in the next round, given that Kimmich’s 1-1 goal from the penalty spot was not relevant. In the final, the winner will certainly face an Italian, Inter or Milan.

Guardiola did not change the formation that was placed on the ground of the Etihad Stadium and despite the great advantage that he did not give up above all in Haaland, the owner of 47 goals in 40 games with City so far. Tuchel, who was forced to make an “impossible” comeback, left Sadio Mane on the bench, and the club punished him after a dispute with his colleague Sani, and Thomas Muller, as Choupo-Moting, Koeman and Sani himself sent forward. An attack that did not know how to hurt Ederson, before and after Haaland’s gift. Immediately finding himself in the 38th minute after a handball by Upamecano, the Norwegian shot the ball over the crossbar and disappeared.

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But in the second half, the striker made up for it by finishing a De Bruyne-inspired move into the wide spaces left by the home side’s defence. It is his 35th goal in the Champions League, obtained in only 27 matches, a record that crushes the previous goal of Van Nistelrooy, who played 42 matches to achieve the same result. Now the challenge with Real Carlo Ancelotti and Benzema awaits him.

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