Madrid Defeat City To Set Up All Spanish Final

Real Madrid defeated Manchester City in their Champions League semi-final to set up an all-Spanish final. Real will now face rivals Atletico Madrid on the 28th of May in Milan.

City were boosted by the return of Yaya Toure to the starting line-up and were looking to get to their first ever Champions League final. They were dealt a blow as early as the 7th minute when Captain Vincent Kompany broke down with a muscle injury. This was his 15th injury since joining City in 2008. Losing Kompany seemed to deflate City and they never recovered.

Madrid were the dominant force and had the better chances of the first half. Christiano Ronaldo headed wide early on and Luka Modric could have done better from a chance on the edge of the City box. They got their goal in the 20th minute when Gareth Bale forced an own-goal from Fernando. Bale was left to run in behind the City defense and Jese found him with an accurate pass which Bale struck towards goal. The ball deflected off Fernando, looped over Joe Hart and into the net. Real again had the ball in the net after 35 minutes but Pepe was adjudged to have been offside.

City had hoped that Yaya Toure and Kevin De Bruyne would cause Madrid problems but they were absent for the most part. Madrid looked to exploit this and went on regular raids of the City box. Ronaldo, Modric and Jese all had chances to score in the second half but were thwarted by Joe Hart. Bale came closest when his header struck the woodwork in the 61st minute.

City coach Manuel Pellegrini had to make a change to influence the game. He hauled off Yaya Toure who he replaced with young striker Kelechi Iheanacho to help Sergio Aguero upfront. Aguero didn't touch the ball in the Madrid penalty area throughout the game which epitomised City's performance over the two legs. Aguero cut a frustrated figure as he dropped deep to get the ball with his midfield players letting him down. His only contribution being a shot from distance which grazed the top of the net. Overall, City didnt pitch up for the match and the Fernando own goal was enough for Real to progress.

Published: 05/05/2016