June 3, 2023

Latest updates from the Man City versus Real Madrid semi-final first leg taking place at Etihad Stadium in England.

  • Real Madrid are 13-time European champions.
  • Manchester City have never been beaten by Real Madrid at home.
  • Both sides have played six times in the Champions League (two wins each, two draws).
  • Real appearing in a Champions League semi-final for a record 15th time.
  • City in their second successive Champions League semi-final.
  • De Bruyne scores opener in second minute, Jesus doubles lead in 22nd before Benzema pulls one back for Madrid.
  • 40 Mins
  • Even though they are ahead, City can’t afford to sleep at the back while Benzema is in good form.
  • Man City 2-1 Real Madrid


36 Mins


Man City make an early change.

Fernandinho is on for Stones.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

32 Mins

GOAL! Benzema!

Top of Form

Mendy produces a good cross and Benzema produces a lethal finish to pull one back for Madrid.

Ederson had no chance.

Man City 2-1 Real Madrid

30 Mins

Zinchenko steps into midfield and shoots from range. His shot just sails wide.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

25 Mins

Ederson’s passing has been poor

City are on top but goalkeeper Ederson’s passing has been a bit poor as he makes his third poor pass of the night.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

21 Mins

Jesus is on fire

He now has five goals in two games and is proving to be Mr Reliable for Man City

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid


18 Mins

Madrid have their first chance. Vincius Jr wins a corner.

The corner was a disaster.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

15 Mins

It’s City firmly on top.

Foden is causing trouble for the Madrid defence.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

10 Mins

Gabriel Jesus makes it two

Foden produces a good run before picking out assist specialist De Bruyne.

Helped out by poor defending from Alaba, Jesus slots expertly to double City’s advantage.

Man City 2-0 Real Madrid

6 Mins

Ederson nearly gifted Madrid a goal with a poor pass.

Luckily for him, Rodri was aware and cleared the danger.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid

5 Mins: 90 seconds

That was all it took for City to take the lead.

Madrid now have some work to do. The are trying to press further up.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid

 2 Mins: GOAL

De Bruyne gives City the lead

Mahrez does some good work to set up the goal.

Man City 1-0 Real Madrid


🕒 1: We are off

City start proceedings.

Which team will make the final?

45 mins ago (18:58 GMT)

Kick off approaching

The two teams are in the tunnel.

52 mins ago (18:51 GMT)

We are nearly starting

The two teams are about done with their pre-match preparations.

Excitment is building throughout the world!

Are you ready?


55 mins ago (18:47 GMT)

City are in good form

City’s passing accuracy in the Champions League this season is almost 91% and they are averaging 2.4 goals per match.

57 mins ago (18:46 GMT)

Madrid are Champions League giants

Madrid are 13 time European Champions.

This is their 10th semi-final appearance in 12 seasons and record 15th semi-final appearance.

1 hour ago (18:42 GMT)

This has the makings of a true classic

Historical stats suggest that this tie could go either way.

Both teams are also entering the tie on the back of good form.


1 hour ago (18:37 GMT)

Grealish misses out for Man City again

Jack Grealish continues to be overlooked for Champions League games!

Some Man City fans are clearly not happy.


1 hour ago (18:31 GMT)

Benzema checking in

Today will mark Benzema’s 600th appearance for Real Madrid!

Can he break Man City hearts in their own backyard?


1 hour ago (18:19 GMT)

Can City end their Champions League drought?

City have never won the Champions League.

The Champions League has eluded Guardiola since 2011.


1 hour ago (18:14 GMT)

Mind games!

It appears that Pep was playing mind games all along! John Stones starts at right back for Man City!


2 hours ago (17:48 GMT)


Man City: Ederson, Stones, Dias (C), Laporte, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus


Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Kroos, Benzema, Modric, Valverde, Vini Jr, Rodrygo, Mendy


2 hours ago (17:29 GMT)

Is Jesus the man for City tonight?

Gabriel Jesus scored four in his last game. How many can he score tonight?


2 hours ago (17:15 GMT)

Preview: Glittering history gives Real an advantage

Real Madrid’s glittering history in the Champions League gives them an advantage when they face Manchester City in the first leg of the semi-finals, according to the Spanish side’s coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Meanwhile, manager Pep Guardiola admitted Manchester City cannot compete with Real Madrid’s European pedigree but said they can write a new chapter of their own.


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