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UCL Quarter final

By jahidul kabir reazPublished about a month ago 3 min read

MADRID -- The atmosphere was electric at the Bernabeu as Phil Foden and Fede Valverde showcased their divine goal-scoring abilities. Real Madrid and Manchester City went head-to-head, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for a crucial advantage in the first leg of the quarterfinals. The result was a thrilling 3-3 draw, setting the stage for an eagerly anticipated second leg next week.

Undoubtedly, there were costly mistakes, foolish errors, and lapses in concentration that will undoubtedly frustrate coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola as they analyze the game in the days to come. However, for those who recall a different era in the Champions League, where coaches like Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez achieved success through defensive tactics and attrition, this extraordinary match serves as a testament to the modern emphasis on attacking prowess and goal-scoring.

It is a safe assumption that fans in the stadiums and viewers around the world prefer the style of play exhibited by the current generation of coaches.

Football is a sport that encompasses both triumphs and failures, but it is primarily an industry focused on entertainment. On April 17, one of these prominent clubs will be eliminated from the Champions League at the Etihad. However, neither team can be accused of employing negative tactics to hinder their opponents and secure a spot in the semifinals. Regardless of the outcome, their reputation as formidable teams will only be further solidified.

Next week, City, the reigning European champions, will host Real as the favorites to advance due to their home advantage in the second leg. Nevertheless, the match has the potential to be equally intense. In the previous game, both Jude Bellingham and Erling Haaland had minimal impact for Real and City respectively. However, if either of them shines in the upcoming match, their respective teams will have a greater opportunity for victory.

Guardiola explained the atmosphere at the Bernabeu to an English reporter, emphasizing the difficulty of playing there. He expressed confidence in the support of City's fans at the Etihad for the next leg. Ancelotti, on the other hand, was disappointed with Real's performance and stressed the need for courage and personality in the return match. The rivalry between the two clubs has intensified in recent years, with memorable encounters at both stadiums. City's quick start in the game set the tone for what followed, with Bernardo Silva's goal coming from a cleverly taken free kick.

However, Real Madrid, who appeared to be motivated by their loss in last season's semifinals against Guardiola's team, showed great resilience and quickly equalized the score to 1-1 on the 12th minute. Eduardo Camavinga's shot deflected off Rúben Dias, resulting in the goal. Taking advantage of Kyle Walker's absence as City's right-back, Real Madrid swiftly capitalized on a remarkable break down the left. Vinícius Júnior released Rodrygo, whose speed allowed him to enter the penalty area and score with a powerful right-foot shot, beating goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

City made a strong start, but Real quickly turned the tables with their counterattacks. Guardiola's team struggled against such bold opponents, but they regrouped during halftime. Guardiola's adjustments paid off as City became more organized and controlled in the second half.

Real continued to threaten on the counter, but they failed to capitalize on their chances. Despite Rüdiger's solid defense against Haaland, Real couldn't find the back of the net. Foden then shifted the momentum in City's favor with a brilliant left-footed strike from distance, assisted by Stones. This goal boosted City's confidence and disrupted Real's rhythm. Gvardiol further extended City's lead with a similar goal, this time with his right foot, leaving Real stunned.

Real Madrid's unbeaten streak at the Bernabeu remains intact, as they managed to secure a thrilling 3-3 draw against their opponents. Luka Modric, who came on as a substitute, played a crucial role in creating Real's third goal with a brilliant assist to Valverde. The goal was a thing of beauty, reminiscent of a Champions League-winning strike. This result not only gives Real a fighting chance in the next leg against Manchester City, but also sets the stage for an exciting and unpredictable match at the Etihad.


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