CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Atlético Madrid – Manchester City: City slips into the semi-finals, regrets for Atlético

A relief at the end of a fiery match. Manchester City will see the last four of the Champions League. This Wednesday evening, the Citizens and Atlético de Madrid parted ways in a goalless draw (0-0), in the quarter-final return. In a big atmosphere, at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Simeone’s men had a burst of pride, but that was not enough, after the loss of the first leg (1-0). In the semi-finals, the Skyblues will face Real Madrid.

Thirteen minutes. This was the length of added time in the second half. The fault in particular of a big general fight between the two formations, following a very bad gesture from Felipe on Phil Foden (90th + 1). The referee then distributed the cards and the Madrid defender left his partners prematurely, after a second yellow card, synonymous with expulsion.

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This duel between the two men marked this game. The young Englishman even found himself completely stunned from the start (12th), forced to play the rest of the game with a big bandage around his skull, after a big contact with this same opponent. This extra time was intense in more ways than one. Firstly because the referee of this meeting, after having released three yellow cards during the first 90 minutes of play, released seven additional during this period of time.

Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) battles for the ball with Phil Foden (Manchester City)

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It is also certainly at this time that the two goalkeepers had the most work to do. First to be asked, Jan Oblak allowed his people to stay alive, against Ilkay Gundogan (90th + 6), who had also found the post earlier (30th). Then, Ederson sacrificed himself, on a direct free kick from Yannick Carrasco (90th + 8). Before avoiding extra time for his family, ahead of Angel Correa, who had a real goal ball at the end of his right foot (90th + 12). The Colchoneros showed real clumsiness in front of goal. Moreover, they even had to wait for the 35th minute of play to finally strike in this double confrontation. But Geoffrey Kondogbia had already found Ederson in his path (35th).

No miracle for Atlético de Madrid, who will not challenge the great rival, Real, in the next round. For his part, Pep Guardiola reached his ninth semi-final of the Champions League. No one has done better in the history of the competition (four with Barcelona, ​​three with Bayern Munich, two with City).

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