Real Madrid Football Club on Wednesday night crashed out of the 2022/2023 Champions League as Manchester City hammered the Spanish giant 5-1 on aggregate.
Recall that Real Madrid played out 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Bernabeu last week Tuesday, with book makers tipping City to win at the Etihad in the return fixture of the Semi-final dubbed to be final before final.
Infonet9ja.com reports that Real Madrid last season sent the Pep Guardiola led City packing, dashing the hopes of Pep Guardiola who was eyeing his first Champions League win with the Manchester Club he joined few years ago where he has won virtually the league and other competitive cups in England.
Manchester City, however proved to be the strongest side as they tore apart their visitors with a resounding victory which has brightened their chances of winning the prestigious European elite football competition.
Bernardo Silva who opened scoring for City at 23rd minute with an assist from Kevin De Brune, doubled the team’s lead at 37th minutes of the encounter.
City made it 3-0 15 minutes from time. De Bruyne’s free kick was met by Manuel Akanji and his effort deflected off Eder Militao and into the back of the net.
Julian Alvarez put the icing on the cake with a goal in stoppage time to make it 4-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate.
Substitute Phil Foden played a superb pass into the path of Alvarez who calmly squeezed it past Courtois and into the corner.
Thibaut Courtois pulled off his first world-class save after 13 minutes to deny Erling Haaland’s header following a great Jack Grealish cross.
Courtois was on hand yet again to deny Haaland in the 22nd minute.
The Norwegian rose highest to power a header that looked destined for the back of the net but Courtois got across to make a stunning save.
Toni Kroos had came close to levelling the score when his vicious effort from distance rattled the crossbar.
Ederson was called into the action early in the second half when he pulled off a sublime save to keep out David Alaba’s free kick.
Manchetser City’s win against Real Madrid means that they will be squaring up against Inter Milan who defeated their city rival; AC Milan Football Club at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10 June 2023, venue of the 2022/2023 Champions League final game.
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It is now in the hands of the City side of Manchester to join the elite football club winners or have their selves to blame as Inter Milan is equally chasing after the cup that they won last in 2010.