Crazy semifinals! City defeated Real "only" 4: 3. Manchester City beat record 13-time winners Real Madrid 4-3 in an epic Champions League semi-final first leg Totally crazy semi-final in the Champions League.
In an incredibly exciting top game, the English prevailed with a lead of just one goal: City went into the second leg away at Real Madrid with a 4:3 score.
David Alaba had to go out injured at the break, but his colleagues still have the chance of the Champions League final in Paris alive. ÖFB star David Alaba was in time for the absolute showdown. But the Viennese had to watch after 95 seconds as the Guardiola kickers took the lead.
The Whites approached Riyad Mahrez too leisurely, who crossed perfectly to Kevin de Bruyne and the Belgian sank an untenable dive header to make it 1-0 very early on. While Alaba is not to blame for the first goal, the ÖFB star probably has to listen to clear words from coach Ancelotti.
The 29-year-old let himself be danced out by Gabriel Jesus in the penalty area, and the Brazilian made it 2-0 in the eleventh minute. Real seemed overwhelmed defensively - and offensively nonexistent.
The long balls from Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior were all intercepted.
So the Skyblues had chances of two more goals, but to Guardiola's annoyance, his stars missed the top opportunities. This was to take revenge in the 34th minute because once again Benzema was there out of nowhere and reduced the score to 2-1 with a volley - a very flattering break for the "White Ballet"
In the second half, Real came onto the field without Alaba, the muscle injury from the league game against Osasuna did not allow a second round. The second half almost started with a lightning goal again, but Mahrez only hit the post.
But then City struck again! Ironically, the 1.71-meter "giant" Phil Foden headed the 3:1 (53rd) for the English.