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Champions: Real Madrid-Manchester City 1-2


Guardiola wins in the 'Casa Real'. Blancos forced to chase (ANSA)

Josep Guardiola's Manchester City takes seriously and mortgages the quarterfinals, going on to win the Santiago Bernabeu 2-1, after falling below 1-0. For the former Barcelona manager, this is a real triumph in the stadium of the Spanish capital which, for a Catalan doc like him, has a particular flavor. Other times the 'Pep' had triumphed against the 'Casa Real', but tonight's success has a particular flavor and weight, because it can represent a turning point, not only in the history of this year's Champions League, but also in that of 'citizens', who for the first time beat Real (2 wins 'merengues' and two equal in the previous ones).

For Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid it's a very hard blow, a result that will force 'his' team to chase. Yet Isco had made the people of the 'blancos' dream, unlocking the result at 16' of the recovery on assist by Vinicius, sent on the field alongside Benzema and the same playmaker author of the momentary 1-0 goal. Madrid's dream did not last long, because Gabriel Jesus in the 33rd minute signed the tie on an assist from Kevin De Bruyne, then the Belgian ace himself made the 2-1 on a penalty, beating National team-mate Thibaut Courtois. Among the hosts weighed the absence of Eden Hazard and perhaps also that of Kroos in midfield: the German remained on the bench.

Source: ansa

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