CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Atlético Madrid – Manchester City: City slips into semifinals, Atlético regrets

A relief at the end of a fiery match. Manchester City will see the last four of the Champions League. This Wednesday evening, the Citizens and Atlético de Madrid parted in the second leg of the quarter-finals without a goal (0-0). In a big atmosphere, in the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Simeone’s team was proud, but that wasn’t enough after the defeat in the first leg (1-0). In the semifinals, the Skyblues meet Real Madrid.

Thirteen minutes. That’s how long the stoppage time lasted in the second half. This was mainly due to a big general battle between the two formations after a very bad gesture from Felipe to Phil Foden (90+1). The referee then dealt out the cards and the Madrid defender left his partners prematurely after a second yellow card, equivalent to being sent off.

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This duel between the two men shaped this game. The young Englishman was even completely stunned from the start (12th), forced to play the rest of the game with a large bandage around the skull after making a major contact with the same opponent. This extension was intense in more ways than one. Firstly, because the referee of that match, after drawing three yellow cards in the first 90 minutes of the game, showed seven more during that time.

Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) fights for the ball with Phil Foden (Manchester City)

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At this point, the two goalkeepers certainly had the most work to do. Asked first, Jan Oblak let his people stay alive against Ilkay Gündogan (90’+6′), who had also found the post earlier (30′). Then Ederson sacrificed himself in a direct free kick from Yannick Carrasco (90+8). Before that he avoided extra time for his family, in front of Angel Correa, who had a real goal ball at the right end of the foot (90+12). The Colchoneros showed real clumsiness in front of goal. In addition, they even had to wait until the 35th minute of the game to finally be able to strike in this double confrontation. But Geoffrey Kondogbia already had Ederson in the way (35′).

No wonder for Atlético de Madrid who won’t challenge their big rivals Real in the next round. For his part, Pep Guardiola reached his ninth semi-final in the Champions League. Nobody has done better in the history of the competition (four with Barcelona, ​​three with Bayern Munich, two with City).

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