Real Madrid Beat City To Qualify For Champions League final
Real Madrid Beat Manchester City 1-o to set up an all Spanish final for the second time in three seasons after a first-half own goal from Fernando was enough to secure a narrow win that barely reflected Real’s dominant display.
City had made a bright start but their early momentum was halted in its tracks as captain and centre back, Vincent Kompany, was forced off with a muscle injury after nine minutes, handing the initiative to the hosts, who quickly went on the offensive.
City looked slightly overawed as they handed territory to Real Madrid who punished them when Bale picked up Dani Carvajal’s pass and aimed a cross towards the far post that was deflected by Fernando past Joe Hart into the top corner.
The linesman’s flag prevented City falling further behind when Pepe stabbed into the net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside, while City’s only glimpse of goal in the first half came when Fernandinho’s effort clipped the post.
Madrid continued to dominate after the break, but found a second goal elusive as Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo failed to convert chances, while Bale’s header hit the crossbar.