May 21, 2024
Haaland Goal Sets Man City For Real Madrid Semi-Final Clash
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Haaland Goal Sets Man City For Real Madrid Semi-Final Clash

Manchester City will face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals for the second straight year after an Erling Haaland goal secured a 1-1 draw and a 4-1 aggregate win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday. The Norwegian missed a first-half penalty but worked his way upfield midway through the second half, getting past Bayern goalkeeper, Yann Sommer, for his 48th goal in 41 appearances this season.

Bayern had a second-half goal struck off for offside and scored a late penalty through Joshua Kimmich.

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City will play in the semis for the third straight year but face manager Pep Guardiola’s old foe, Real Madrid, who scored two injury-time goals to turn the tide their way and eventually winning the title last season. Guardiola, so often criticised at European level for tinkering with his side, named the same team selection that won the first leg 3-nil in Manchester.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel made two changes, opting for the creativity of City loanee winger Joao Cancelo and bringing back Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, the only recognised striker in the squad. Bayern’s other former City star, Leroy Sane, got past goalkeeper Ederson after 17 minutes, but chipped just wide.

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