With a resounding 4-0 thrashing, Manchester City bulldozed their way into the finals of the Champions League, at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, with a sweet revenge, served cold on Real Madrid, the same team which saw them out of the way last year, inching towards the elusive trophy, which they have never won.
The goals came off the boots of Bernardo Silva, who scored two stunning goals in the first-half before Eder Militao’s own goal and a strike by substitute Julian Alvarez later on brought the final tally to 5-1 victory on aggregate, with both teams earlier sharing a goal apiece at their last meeting at the Santiago Bernabéu in Spain.
The stunning win, is also bringing the English Premier, set for a clash with Inter Milan in the final in Istanbul, Turkey on 10 June, closer to a treble, with the chance of retaining the Premier League title, which it won last season, only a game away, since the capitulation of Arsenal, the main rival, which went down last week, and the FA cup also within reach.to win the Champions League for the first time.
Initially, it appeared that the Pep Guardiola’s side, which clearly outplayed the visitors and 14-times winners, were unlucky until the jinx was broken when Silva slotted in the first goal past Courtois and added a second just before the break, looping a header over David Alaba and into the back of the net.
That goal came after Toni Kroos hit the bar with a shot from distance, but in truth Real rarely threatened as City produced one of their best displays in Europe in the first 45 minutes.
Courtois denied Haaland again in the closing stages when he pushed the striker’s shot onto the bar but City added a third when Manuel Akanji’s flicked header from Kevin de Bruyne’s free-kick was diverted into his own net by Militao, before Alvarez completed the rout with a neat finish.