Manchester City’s path to the Champions League final has been solidified with a commanding 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in a Wednesday evening showdown.
The Etihad Stadium witnessed Bernardo Silva’s two first-half goals, establishing an indisputable advantage for Pep Guardiola’s squad, as the Premier League champions overwhelmed Madrid within the initial 45 minutes.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side displayed some signs of improvement in the second half, although their closest attempt at narrowing the deficit came from David Alaba’s long-range free kick, which forced a remarkable save from Ederson.
With a mere 14 minutes left on the clock, Manuel Akanji extinguished any lingering doubts by meeting Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick, resulting in a deflected header off Eder Militao that left Thibaut Courtois helpless.
In injury time, Julian Alvarez added the finishing touch to City’s magnificent performance, meeting Phil Foden’s pass to execute a precise low finish past the Madrid goalkeeper.
The upcoming challenge for Guardiola’s men will be against Inter, who triumphed over AC Milan in Tuesday’s semi-final clash. This grand spectacle will unfold at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium on June 10.
Following their victory against Madrid, City maintains their pursuit of a historic treble this season. They are now the favorites to retain their Premier League title and are set to face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on June 3.
The second leg of City’s semi-final against Madrid was delicately poised after a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu last week. However, Guardiola’s squad commenced the second leg with an intensity that Ancelotti’s men simply could not handle.
Thibaut Courtois exhibited brilliance by denying Erling Haaland his 53rd goal of the season. Yet, the Madrid goalkeeper succumbed to Silva’s opener in the 23rd minute, as the Portuguese maestro expertly met a precise through ball from De Bruyne.
Silva extended City’s lead in the 37th minute, capitalizing on Ilkay Gundogan’s blocked shot with a skillfully executed header that sailed effortlessly over Alaba, positioned on Madrid’s goal line.
Madrid exhibited marginal improvement after the break, enjoying more possession. However, Akanji’s goal in the 76th minute unequivocally placed the outcome of the match beyond any doubt.
Alvarez, introduced as a late substitute, completed the rout, bringing City one step closer to claiming their long-awaited and prestigious Champions League trophy.