De Bruyne stunner cancels out a Vincius Junior Opener in the First-Leg of the Champions League Semi-final encounter
Real Madrid Draw 1-1 with Man City in Champions League’s First Leg Semifinal
A stunning Kevin De Bruyne equalizer ensured that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City left the Bernabau with the scores level going into the second-leg showdown at the Etihad stadium and preserving sky-blue Mancunian hopes of clinching their first ever treble.
Vinicius Junior had given the home team the lead in equally spectacular fashion as Real Madrid came out on top in a fairly even first-half display for both sides, creating half-chances and threatening each other’s goal on a number of occasions. The second half commenced with no changes made from either camp as Pep’s men led a 67th minute fightback to restore parity with a rocket of a strike from outside the box courtesy of Midfield-maestro Kevin De Bruyne and his immaculate technique.
However, there was some controversy surrounding the equalizer as the ball seemed to have gone out of play a few seconds before the goal was scored and the Real Madrid Head Coach was livid with the officials for what he called ‘not paying attention’ and was shown a yellow card for his show of dissent. Nevertheless, post-match reviews and analytics proved the Italian Veteran had a point in his vehement complaints.
The Burgeoning Belgian has now taken his all-time tally to 7 goals from outside the box in the competition while his fellow scorer Vinicius Junior continued his impressive form to claim his 22nd Champions League goal in as many games for Los Blancos.
Last night’s game has whet the appetite for the second-leg and determine who will take on either of the two Milan Clubs in the Final. Manchester City will now fly back to England as they prepare for the next fixture in the Premier League against Everton at Goodison Park and Guardiola was impressed by his side’s performance, on the night and in the season run-in, so far, stating:
“…it was a really tight game and congratulations of course to the team because this is an area in this competition against this team is always so difficult for their history and especially for the quality they have…. It was a tight game, its over to Manchester, that will be a Final, we play at home with our people and looking forward to it…. Now it’s time to recover, come back to Manchester tomorrow and prepare for the game in Goodison park and we do one game at a time…”