It was a match which will be recognized as a Champions League exemplary. There were seven objectives, one a crazy punishment, a lot of possibilities and exceptional exhibitions as Manchester City and Real Madrid played out a completely exhilarating 4-3 first-leg elimination round tie Tuesday.
Football fans slobbered via web-based entertainment as Real returned from 2-0 down to leave the tie yet to be determined for the return leg in Madrid. As Real goalscorer Karim Benzema posted via virtual entertainment after the match, “The game has just barely started.”
“As a football fan, it was a fantastic game of football,” Real manager Carlo Ancelotti told reporters.
“As a manager of Madrid, I have to take into consideration that we … conceded two goals very early. But we take three goals to the Bernabeu. We now hope to get to the final.”
Kevin De Bruyne’s superb diving header gave City the lead after just 94 seconds. When Gabriel Jesus spinned inside the box to double the home side’s lead in the 11th minute it seemed as if Real was in for an arduous evening. The 13-time champion, the most successful club in the competition’s history, had never before conceded two goals so quickly in the Champions League.
City, seeking win the Champions League interestingly, was amazing and ought to have gone 3-0 up, however Pep Guaridiola’s group couldn’t change over promising possibilities, and Real hit back – – Benzema guiding the ball into the base corner to split the shortfall before the break.
Eight minutes after the restart City scored once more, Phil Foden gesturing home from Fernandinho’s cross, before Vinicius Jr. scored a splendid objective to make it 3-2.
More goals and drama was to come, however.In the 74th minute, Bernardo Silva beat Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a sizzling effort into the top corner, then Benzema scored his second of the night — a penalty which will be replayed again and again.
Aymeric Laporte was penalised for handling inside the area and up stepped Benzema with a ‘Panenka’ — a chipped penalty down the middle — with eight minutes remaining.The Frenchman had missed two penalties in Real’s La Liga win over Osasuna six days earlier so to attempt such a spot kick in such a pressurized situation was astonishing.
Commentating on BBC Radio 5 live, previous England striker Alan Shearer said: “Nothing remains at this point but to laugh and think, ‘I can’t completely accept that Karim Benzema has quite recently done that’ … The dauntlessness! It was extraordinary.”
It was a fitting method for finishing an exceptional evening.
“It was an awesome game for the two sides. We did numerous beneficial things. Sadly we surrendered objectives and we were unable to score more. Be that as it may, it is two games and we have another in multi week,” Guardiola told correspondents.