Man City overcome the storm Atletico to win tickets to the semi-finals of the Champions League
18 Apr 2022 | 08:10 | Football
Soccer Football – Champions League – Quarterfinals – Second leg – Atletico Madrid v Manchester City – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain – April 13, 2022 Rodri of Manchester City celebrates with Fernandinho after the REUTERS / Juan Medina match
Manchester City produced a disciplined display to secure a 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals with an aggregate score of 1-0.
Tensions flared in the final minutes and Atletico defender Felipe was sent off after receiving a second yellow card before the two sides had played 12 minutes of extra time.
Quarrels broke out between players after Felipe was sacked for kicking Phil Foden and continued after the final whistle as the teams made their way down the tunnel, with police having to intervene to restore composure. .
The English champions looked relaxed in the first half, Ilkay Gundogan hitting the post with their best chance after a pass down the right, but they failed to score for the rest of the game.
Man City manager Pep Guardiola dared to let Atletico break out of their usual conservative approach and, in front of a boisterous crowd at the Metropolitano Stadium, they tried to play with more attacking intent .
The visitors were patient, slowing the game down and slowing the clock to the displeasure of Atletico coach Diego Simeone and their vocal crowd.
The Spanish champions had more possession after time and threatened to score a goal that would have sent the game into extra time but were unable to break through City’s defence, despite creating a number of good chances.
City had just two goals ahead of Atletico after the break and their goalkeeper Ederson made two crucial saves in extra time to ensure his team progress to the last four.
“When Atletico played the way Man City played today, we were criticized a lot. Let’s see what people have to say today,” captain Koke told Movistar Plus.
“I am proud of my teammates for the effort they put in, there is nothing to blame the team. We had our chances, we didn’t take them and congratulations to the opponent, but Atleti deserved more.”
The Man City players admitted that they were not the most fluent.
“It wasn’t our best game, that’s for sure,” Rodri told reporters.
“We were very tired in the second half because of the schedule, we had a very intense game at the weekend against Liverpool and we ended up going out.”
City, bidding to win European football’s most prestigious trophy for the first time, will face Real Madrid’s record 13 winners in the semi-finals.
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