Manchester City won the Champions League semi-final first leg match against Real Madrid, beating it 4-3, on Tuesday evening, April 26.
The Manchester City quartet came through the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne in the 2nd minute, the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus in the 11th minute, the Englishman Phil Foden in the 53rd minute and the Portuguese Bernardo Silva in the 74th minute, while the French Karim Benzema scored in the 33rd and 82nd minutes from a penalty kick and the Brazilian Vinicius Junior in the 55th minute. The three goals of Real Madrid.
The two teams will meet in the semi-final second leg match at the “Santiago Bernabeu” stadium in the Spanish capital Madrid next week, specifically on Wednesday, May 4, where Real Madrid will be required to win by one goal difference to equal the result and by two or more goals to qualify, while Manchester City needs to draw or win any As a result, reaching the final for the second time in a row.
Statistically, and by winning the match on Tuesday, April 26, Manchester City was able to break the tie with Real Madrid, where the two teams faced in 6 previous matches, each team achieved two wins, while the tie was settled as a result of the remaining two matches between them.
And according to what was reported by the global network “Opta”, the match between Manchester City and Real Madrid this Tuesday became one of 3 matches that witnessed the scoring of the largest number of goals in the history of the Champions League semi-finals (7 goals), accompanied by the Ajax Amsterdam match against Bayern Munich ( 5-2) in 1995 and the Liverpool match against Roma (5-2) in 2018.
The Manchester City-Real Madrid match becomes one of the most prolific goalscoring matches in the history of the Champions League semi-finals
Kevin De Bruyne enters the history of Manchester City.. Karim Benzema surpasses Robert Lewandowski
The start of the match came quickly, thanks to De Bruyne, who scored the advance goal for Manchester City less than two minutes after the start of the confrontation, specifically after only 93 seconds, following a pass from the Algerian international Riyad Mahrez.
De Bruyne’s goal, which shocked Real Madrid early, entered the history of the heavenly club, as he became the owner of the fastest goal for City in the history of his participation in the Champions League.
Against Real Madrid.. Kevin De Bruyne scored the fastest goals for Manchester City in the Champions League
After City advanced with the second goal through Jesus, Benzema was able to reduce the difference with the first goal for the Royal Club in the 33rd minute, after a pass from his compatriot Ferland Mendy.
Benzema’s first goal against City on Tuesday evening (April 26) holds his 40th with Real Madrid this season in all competitions, becoming the first Real Madrid player to reach 40 goals or more in one season with the team since Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who achieved this achievement another 2017-18 season time.
Karim Benzema has scored more than 40 goals with Real Madrid this season
In the 82nd minute, Benzema scored his second and third personal goal for Real Madrid in the confrontation, which is his fifth goal “outside the rules of Real Madrid” in the knockout rounds against an English team, after his hat-trick against Chelsea at “Stamford Bridge” for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the tournament.
With this goal, Benzema became the first player in the history of the Champions League to score 5 goals away from home against two teams from the same country in the knockout stages of the same edition of the continental competition.
The French player raised his score in the current version of the Champions League to 14 goals, and became the competition’s top scorer, surpassing Bayern Munich’s Polish player Robert Lewandowski, whose goals in the continental championship this season stopped at number 13.
Phil Foden equals Wayne Rooney’s Champions League record
Foden scored the third goal for City in the 53rd minute of the confrontation, which is the ninth goal of the young player in the competition, becoming the first English player to reach this number of goals in the competition at the age of 21, since his former international compatriot Wayne Rooney did it.
The second goal for Real Madrid came through Vinicius in the 55th minute, and it is the third goal of the young Brazilian in the knockout rounds of the prestigious European competition; With a double against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of 2021, and a goal against City.