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Champions League Semi-final: Man Metropolis edge 7-GOAL THRILLER vs Actual Madrid

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Champions League Semi-final: Man City vs Real Madrid 4-3 Highlights – Manchester City have the advantage in the Champions League semi-finals after edging out Real Madrid 4-3 in a thrilling first leg at the Etihad Stadium. The decider will be played at Santiago Bernabeu next week. Follow live updates on InsideSport.IN

Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights

De Bruyne turned provider as the hosts doubled their advantage nine minutes later; his cross ricocheting kindly for Jesus to tuck away. Mahrez and Phil Foden squandered chances to widen the margin before Madrid pulled one back as Benzema brilliantly volleyed home from Ferland Mendy’s centre.

City regained their two-goal buffer within eight minutes of the restart, Foden ghosting in to head home Fernandinho’s cross. Madrid responded almost immediately as Vinicius raced down the left flank from inside his own half, before slotting past Ederson.

Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights

City regained control in the 73rd minute. Referee Istvan Kovacs played a brilliant advantage after Oleksandr Zinchenko was felled by Toni Kroos, enabling Silva to fire past a perplexed Thibaut Courtois.

But Los Blancos had the final word courtesy of Benzema’s Panenka-style penalty after Aymeric Laporte handled in the box.

Advantage City

With that narrow victory, City are now unbeaten in their last four home games against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Should his side avoid defeat in Spain, Guardiola would become the first manager to eliminate Los Blancos from this competition on three occasions.

Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights
Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights

Another milestone from King Karim

On the day of his 600th appearance for Madrid, the France international surpassed 40 goals in a single campaign for the first time in his career.

His two goals came from three shots – a tally only bettered by Phil Foden (four) – while he also registered a game-high total of three key passes (level with Kevin De Bruyne).

What’s next?

The two sides resume this epic battle at the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday. Before that, Madrid host Espanyol in LaLiga on Saturday – the same day that City resume their Premier League title charge away at Leeds United.

Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights
Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights

Champions League Semi-final: Man City edge SEVEN-GOAL THRILLER in the UCL semifinals 1st Leg, Benzema completes brace with PANENKA penalty in Man City vs REAL MADRID: Check Highlights

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