Real Madrid and Manchester City won the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
Kevins de Brujne sailed high above the opponents as he headed in a corner kick from Riyadh Mahrez after 19 minutes of play. Marko Reiss put the ball away for 1 – 1. ‘joy of the guests did not last long, because six minutes later the victory was snatched by the local team by Phil Foden after the passage of Ilkaja Gundogan. Fodens sent the ball from the bottom left-right distance, the goalkeeper being powerless (2: 1).
The winner of this pair in the sum of two matches in the semifinals will meet the strongest team of the pair “Bayern” of Munich and Paris “Saint-Germain”.
In the second game, Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3: 1.
The locals scored two goals in nine minutes. With 27 minutes played, a phenomenal play on the left side freed Marko Asensio, of Žuniors Vinisiuss, to dash through and score another goal for the visitors.
After 51 minutes, Mohamed Salah got through on the right and was very close to equalizing for the home side, but didn’t get the shot away. He was the first to bounce the ball and with a shot not too strong but accurate sent it to the goal after bouncing from the crossbar.
The goal was yet to be confirmed in a video playback, which had to prove if there was a back. 1 – 2. In the 65th minute, the difference between the two goals was restored by Vinisiuss, who after the pass of Lukas Modriča sent the ball from the penalty area to the bottom corner. right (3: 1).
The winners of this pair will have to know the winners of the pair “Porto” – London “Chelsea”.
The quarterfinals are scheduled for April 6 and 7, with answers on April 13 and 14, but the semifinals will take place on April 27/28 and May 4/5.
The last match in Istanbul is scheduled for May 29. The Champions League final was supposed to take place last year in Turkey’s largest city, but due to the spread of Covid-19, the decisive matches were played in Lisbon.
The Champions League winner will secure a place in next season’s main event. In addition, UEFA Super Cup champions will have to compete with European League champions. The club that wins the Champions League this season will also secure a place in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Last year, in the Champions League final, “Bayern” from Munich to Lisbon beat PSG 1-0.
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