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K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
4 - 3
Bernardo Silva
O. Zinchenko
4 - 2
Vinícius Júnior
F. Mendy
3 - 2
P. Foden
3 - 1
K. Benzema
F. Mendy
2 - 1

Match Stats

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 5
Total Passes 613 416
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Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
The important matches keep coming for City as they travel to face Leeds United in the Premier League on Saturday. Real Madrid face Espanyol in LaLiga on the same day at home in the hope of clinching the title.
What a game! Manchester City and Real Madrid play out a 4-3 thriller at the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash. City stormed into a 2-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes through goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, but Karim Benzema brought the visitors back into the contest. Phil Foden scored a close-range header to make it 3-1, but back came Madrid through a fine solo run and goal from Vinicius Junior. Bernardo Silva scored the effort of the night with a screamer into the top-left corner, but there was one more twist in the tale as Benzema notched his second from the penalty spot after Aymeric Laporte handled the ball in the box. It looks to be advantage City, just, ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu.
90' + 4' The game peters with Madrid in possession as City cannot force another opening at goal.
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Nacho goes into the book for the visitors for catching Sterling in the build-up to a City attack.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
Vinícius Júnior
88' Asensio replaces Vinicius for the closing stages of the game.
87' OVER! Vinicius finds space in the final third and goes for goal on his right foot, but he lifts his attempt over the bar.
87' Madrid have scored from their last 14 penalties awarded in the Champions League, last failing to score on 1st October 2014 against Ludogorets (penalty missed by Cristiano Ronaldo).
85' CLOSE! Mahrez angles a dangerous cross in from the right flank that takes a deflection and travels all the way to the back post. Dias flings himself at the ball, but cannot make contact with his outstretched boot.
R. Sterling
Gabriel Jesus
83' Sterling replaces Jesus for the closing stages of the game.
K. Benzema
Penalty Goal
82' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! BENZEMA CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT!!!!!! 4-3!!!!! Benzema notches his second of the night to bring Madrid back into the game yet again. The Frenchman goes for panenka chip right down the middle of the goal and finds the net as Ederson dives early to his left. A huge goal for Madrid and yet another for the veteran forward.
Yellow Card
81' Fernandinho goes into the book for protesting to the referee about the decision.
80' PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Laporte is adjudged to have handled the ball in the box and the referee points to the spot.
Dani Ceballos
L. Modrić
79' Ceballos replaces Modric in the Madrid midfield. The veteran may just be feeling the pace of the game.
78' WIDE! It is Modric's turn to miss by a whisker. The ball finds the midfielder on the edge of the box, although he does not strike the ball cleanly, the ball travels just wide of the right post. A let-off for the home side.
76' MAHREZ MISSES BY INCHES! The Algerian weaves his way past three challenges in the inside-right channel before curling a strike at goal on his left foot. Courtois is beaten, but the ball travels inches wide of the left post.
O. Zinchenko
74' Zinchenko raids forward to the edge of the box before being fouled by Kroos. The loose ball falls to Silva, who capitalises on the advantage to fire home a stunner.
Bernardo Silva
74' WHAT A GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SILVA SCORES A STUNNER!!!!!!!!!! 4-2 CITY!!!!!!!! The Portuguese finds the top-left corner with a stunner to restore City's two goal advantage. Zinchenko is wiped out on the edge of the box by Kroos, but the referee plays on. Silva uses the advantage to turn in space before curling a sublime strike into the back of the net with Courtois flat-footed. A huge moment in the tie.
72' The game is very much in the balance. With the second leg ahead of both teams, it will be interesting to see who commits men forward here.
E. Camavinga
70' Camavinga enters the action for the visitors to replace Rodrygo.
69' Dias and Laporte get themselves in a tangle at the back to allow Vinicius to threaten. He tries to combine with Rodrygo, but the offload from the forward just evades Vinicius and goes out for a goal-kick.
67' CHANCE! Zinchenko combines with De Bruyne down the left flank to angle a low cross into the feet of Laporte up from the back. He steers a strike towards goal on his left foot, but he can only fire straight at Courtois.
65' Vinícius (21y 288d) is Real Madrid's second-youngest ever Champions League semi final scorer, after Nicolas Anelka in 2000 (21y 50d).
64' City have lost control of the game. Madrid are looking a threat every time they have the ball at the moment.
62' Benzema makes a dangerous turn in the City half and clips a cross into the box for Vinicius, but Laporte tracks the delivery and heads clear.
59' This is the first Champions League semi-final match to see two players aged 21 or younger score (Foden 21y 333d and Vinicius Junior 21y 288d).
57' SAVE! Carvajal floats a cross into the box from the right flank for Militao to attack, but he directs a tame effort straight at Ederson.
F. Mendy
55' Mendy releases the run of Vinicius down the left flank and the forward does the rest with a great finish.
Vinícius Júnior
55' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! VINICIUS STRIKES BACK FOR MADRID!!!!!!!! 3-2!!!!! The Brazilian speeds away from Fernandinho before beating Ederson with a low finish from the inside-left channel. Fernandinho gets too tight to Vinicius, who leaves him in his wake down the left flank. No City player goes across to the forward and as a result he has time to find the back of the net with a composed finish.
53' Fernandinho produces a great burst down the right flank before floating a sublime cross into the box for Foden to attack and score.
P. Foden
53' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! FODEN SCORES THIS TIME!!!!!!! 3-1 CITY!!!!!!!!! Foden was denied by Carvajal on the line five minutes ago, but this time he finds the back of the net with an inch-perfect header. Fernandinho surges down the right flank and lifts a perfect cross into the middle. Foden drifts between Militao and Carvajal to guide his header into the bottom-right corner.
51' Madrid have not settled since the restart and are well and truly on the back foot here.
49' Man City have a record of won all three of their games when leading at half-time in the Champions League this season.
48' OFF THE POST AND OFF THE LINE! City should extend their lead, but Mahrez strikes the post with a left-footed curler when through on goal. The rebound falls straight to Foden, who steers a first-time effort towards the empty net, only to see his attempt cleared off the line by Carvajal.
46' We're back under way at the Etihad Stadium.
D. Alaba
46' Alaba is forced off for the visitors at the break and is replaced by Nacho.
Pep Guardiola will be annoyed that his side are not further in front at the break. They dominated the opening 30 minutes and had Madrid seemingly on the ropes before Benzema got a vital goal back. City are now under pressure to respond to ensure that they have an advantage to take to Spain for the second leg.
Manchester City hold a 2-1 lead at the break of their first leg Champions League semi-final clash against Real Madrid. Kevin De Bruyne headed City in front in the second minute before Gabriel Jesus doubled their advantage with a neat finish from close range. The visitors responded through Karim Benzema with a strike on the volley to reduce the deficit and continue his excellent form this term. The game is well and truly in the balance at the interval.
45' + 1' Fernandinho robs Vinicius and offloads to Mahrez in space. The winger steers a low cross into the box, but Militao is alert to clear the danger.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' BLOCK! De Bruyne lines up the resulting free-kick from the edge of the box, but his effort is repelled by the Madrid wall.
44' Jesus tries to turn on the edge of the Madrid box, but goes down under pressure from Kroos. City are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area.
43' Jesus wheels away from Militao in the inside-left channel and tries to pick out Foden, but Alaba is alert to clear behind.
41' SAVE! Mahrez angles a strike at goal from the free-kick from the right flank, but Courtois is alert to punch his effort away from danger.
40' Silva breaks down the right flank and draws a foul from Vinicius to win a free-kick for the home side in a dangerous position.
38' Only Cristiano Ronaldo (10 in 2016/17) has scored more knockout stage goals in a single UCL campaign that Karim Benzema's eight such goals this season.
J. Stones
36' Stones was carrying an injury into the game and has now been withdrawn for Fernandinho, who has to slot into right-back.
34' SAVE! It is City's turn to panic at the back as Rodrygo finds space in the inside-right channel. He goes for the blast towards the near post, but sees his effort saved by Ederson.
F. Mendy
33' Mendy whips a dangerous cross into the City box from the left flank, which sees Benzema attack the cross and sweep it past Ederson.
K. Benzema
33' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! BENZEMA GETS MADRID BACK IN THE GAME!!!!! 2-1!!!!!!!! The Frenchman does it yet again with a brilliant finish on his left foot. Mendy floats a cross to the back post for Benzema to attack. He makes a good run and gets there ahead of Zinchenko before guiding a left-footed strike on the half-volley away from Ederson into the bottom-right corner. A sublime finish.
31' CHANCE! The home side shift the ball from right to left before Zinchenko takes on a strike from the edge of the box, but he fires his effort wide of the right post.
30' INCHES WIDE! Benzema has been influential with his goal in the Champions League, but he almost turns provider with a perfect cross from the left flank. Alaba rises to attack the delivery, but his effort travels just wide of the post.
29' CLOSE! City break with speed and De Bruyne works a pass out to Foden. He has space and time to line up a drive, but flashes his strike wide of the target.
28' Silva loses out to Vinicius in the City half and the Brazilian bursts into the box. He tries to cut a pass back towards Benzema, but Laporte makes a vital intervention.
26' CHANCE! Silva releases Mahrez in acres of space down the right flank and he has ample support from Foden at the back post. However, goes alone on his right foot and smashes his strike into the side-netting. Guardiola is furious with the winger.
25' Ederson passes to Dias under pressure and the City skipper immediately loses out to Benzema. Vinicius bounces on the loose ball, and looks for a cutback that strikes Dias before rolling into the right post. Fortunately for City the offside is raised against Vinicius anyway. Ederson breathes a sigh of relief.
23' Dias does well to slide to prevent Mendy from finding space in the final third for the visitors from Modric's offload.
21' WIDE! Foden lines up a blast after De Bruyne's corner sails over the heads of Dias and Laporte in the box. He drills his effort low and hard, but sends it wide of the right post.
19' This is the first time that Real Madrid have conceded twice in the first 11 minutes in a Champions League match (previous quickest was twice in 16 mins v Atletico Madrid in May 2017).
17' WIDE! Benzema works an offload into the path of Vinicius in the inside-left channel. He cuts back to shoot on his right foot, but sees his effort diverted past the right post by Dias.
15' Foden breaks in behind the Madrid defence down the inside-left channel and he fires a dangerous low ball across the face of goal that Mendy has to scamper away amid the presence of Mahrez.
13' Madrid's players are looking around at each other in disbelief. They're in a deep hole in the tie now.
K. De Bruyne
11' De Bruyne whips a dangerous cross into the middle for Jesus, and he profits on Alaba's mis-kick to fire past Courtois.
Gabriel Jesus
11' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! JESUS DOUBLES CITY'S LEAD!!!!!!! 2-0!!!!!!! The home side are in dreamland as Jesus capitalises on a defensive mistake from Alaba and slots a close-range strike past Courtois. De Bruyne whips a cross into the middle from the left flank that Alaba looks to clear with his left foot. However, he scuffs his attempt and it falls perfectly for Jesus to turn and fire into the right corner.
8' The previous quickest Champions League semi final goal also came against Real Madrid (Joshua Kimmich after 3 minutes for Bayern Munich in May 2018).
6' Zinchenko plays Jesus into space in the final third, but the ball hits the back of his heel and allows Alaba to clear the danger.
4' If there was any tension at the Etihad Stadium, De Bruyne has eased it and now the home side can play with freedom.
R. Mahrez
2' Mahrez raids in from the right flank to supply a perfect cross into the box for De Bruyne to score.
K. De Bruyne
2' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! DE BRUYNE HANDS CITY THE PERFECT START!!!!!! 1-0!!!!! The Belgian makes a late run into the Madrid box and plants a diving header into the bottom-left corner. Mahrez collects on the right flank and skips past two challenges after cutting inside on his left foot. He delivers a perfect cross for De Bruyne's run towards the penalty spot before the midfielder provides the finish. What a start for the hosts.
1' We're under way at the Etihad Stadium.
This will be the seventh meeting between Manchester City and Real Madrid in European competition, with each of the previous six coming in the Champions League since 2012-13. After failing to win the first four (D2 L2), City won both legs in the round of 16 against Los Blancos in this competition in 2019-20.
Madrid have made five changes to their side that beat Osasuna last time out. Carvajal and Mendy return in the full-back positions for Vazquez and Nacho. Kroos and Modric retake their places in the middle of the park, while Vinicius starts in the final third. Asensio, Ceballos and Camavinga drop to the bench alongside Nacho and Vazquez.
City have made four changes to their side that hammered Watford at the weekend. Cancelo is suspended and misses outm, which sees Stones start at right-back after recovering from injury. Silva comes into the middle of the park for Fernandinho, who drops to the bench. Foden and Mahrez get the nod in the final third to replace Sterling and Grealish, who start on the bench.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Jesus Vallejo, Nacho Fernandez, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, Andriy Lunin, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Gareth Bale, Dani Ceballos, Isco, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Fuidias.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: Nathan Ake, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan, Jack Grealish, Zack Steffen, Fernandinho, Scott Carson, CJ Egan-Riley, Luke Mbete, Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Romeo Lavia.
MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; John Stones, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.
Madrid have relied on the brilliance of Benzema to see them through to the semi-finals. The Frenchman has been nothing short of sensational in the competition in the knockout phase, scoring vital hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. Benzema scored the decisive strike against the Blues in the last round in extra-time, and he will need that clinical edge once more. Los Blancos have been in great form since and are on the precipice of a LaLiga crown after beating Sevilla and Osasuna in their last two outings. Carlo Ancelotti will be looking for another stellar outing from his team.
City are in prime form ahead of the contest after reeling off dominant wins in the Premier League against Brighton and Hove Albion and Watford. Pep Guardiola's men are still one point ahead of Liverpool and now turn their attention to Madrid and their bid to reach the final of the Champions League for a second year in a row. City were disciplined last time out to edge out Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, but will have to be even better amid the form of Karim Benzema and the experience of Los Blancos.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League first leg semi-final clash between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.