10 May 2022 | 02:06 | LATEST POSTS
As in the first leg, Manchester City remained the main force after the opening whistle. However, coach Guardiola’s pupils have been slow in possession. At the same time, Atletico Madrid, with its home advantage and weak lineup, made no secret of its intention to counterattack.
It wasn’t until the 30th minute that a truly dangerous opportunity presented itself, and it belonged to City. Mahrez deftly found an open space for Walker to cross and stretch into Foden’s position, the England international’s mid-range pass allowing Gundogan to finish and bounce off the post. Neither team produced anything spectacular in the remaining minutes of the first half.
After the break, Atletico’s sudden and strong rise made the game even more worth watching, and Manchester City’s goal has been in a supporting position since then. In the 57th minute, Griezmann shot an impromptu shot wide of the goal post. In the 86th minute, Correa let go of his chest just for Cunha to finish, but Stones showed up at the right time to make a clearance for the visiting team.
The drama of the game was pushed to a climax in the 89th minute, when Felipe and Foden scored bad goals, leading to a melee between the players of the two teams. As a result, Atletico were only present with 10 people, as Felipe had to get a second yellow card to leave.
In the absence of manpower, Atletico still tried their best to put pressure on Manchester City’s goal. In just 4 minutes from 90+8 to 90+12, the home team had 2 consecutive chances, but could not defeat the excellent goalkeeper Ederson.
A dramatic 0-0 draw saw City eventually advance to the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid on aggregate 1-0.
With the advantage of a 3-1 first-leg win, when Liverpool faced Benfica at Anfield, manager Jurgen Klopp decided to put a series of pillars such as Salah, Mane, Van Dijk, Arnold on the bench . Even so, the “Red Brigade” overwhelmed the opponent.
The scene from the first leg reappeared when Liverpool started scoring from the left corner, and what was even more interesting was that the author of the goal was still midfielder Konat.
In one corner, Benfica were not easily subdued. Even in the 32nd minute, Goncalo Ramos pulled a goal back for Portugal to equalise 1-1 while also rekindling hopes of a comeback.
However, the poor defensive form disillusioned Benfica in the second half. From the 55th minute to the 65th minute, Vertonghen and Otamendi made consecutive mistakes, creating conditions for Firmino to score twice and help Liverpool lead 3-1.
At a safe distance, the “red brigade” showed subjective signs. As a result, goalkeeper Alisson had to net twice after flashing moments from Yaremchuk (73′) and Darwin Nunes (81′). Nunes himself was also denied a goal in stoppage time for offside. The Anfield party ended in a 3-3 draw.
After the two wars, Liverpool won 6-4 and officially entered the Champions League semi-finals. Against Villarreal, Benfica also bid farewell to the arena.
In the upcoming semi-final, the two representatives of Spain will take turns facing the two representatives of England, and the game will be very interesting. Villarreal will have to face the ultimate challenge called Liverpool, while Real Madrid will also face another formidable rival, Manchester City.
The first leg of the semi-finals of Liverpool vs Villarreal and Manchester City vs Real Madrid will be held on April 27 at 02:00 (Vietnam time), with the second leg a week later.
To be sure, Manchester City played convincingly in the first half. They kept the ball in control and created dangerous situations for Atletico’s goals.
If they were luckier, Guardiola’s army would have ended the game early if midfielder Gundogan’s shot in the 30th minute didn’t make it to the post.
Entering the second half, Atletico’s fighting spirit was more determined, and Manchester City was under enormous pressure, especially in the last 15 minutes of the game. However, they stood their ground and drew an excellent 0-0 draw against Spain.
After the game, Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola made a wonderful speech. In addition, he did not forget to express the abnormality he saw after the final whistle.
“Honestly, when City played better, we should have finished in the first half. We were lucky to not concede in the second half.”. – The Spanish military chief opens his mouth.
“Overall, Atletico is a very tough opponent. However, every team in the Champions League is very strong, we beat them all, City reached the semi-finals, and I think it’s worth the effort. “The whole team. ”
When asked by reporters what he thought of the final 15 minutes of the game, which was full of pressure from Atletico, violence and controversy, Pep only replied implicitly: “I have nothing to say about that farce!”
“My concern is that we are in the Champions League semi-final for the third time in a row, which is something to celebrate. It’s always a huge success for any team.”
When Liverpool don’t have their strongest squad, their game sucks. When asked by BT Sports how he felt about the 3-3 draw, coach Jurgen Klopp said: “We made seven changes for good reason. We played well in the first half, scored goals and I really liked a lot of things. In the second half, we were 3-1 up.
However, in the second round, we didn’t really have the cohesion, but those were the little details. We’re not at 100 percent, but that’s okay because if we play our best game of the season tonight, it doesn’t make us more likely to make it to the final. We beat Benfica and I’m really happy. “