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De Bruyne strikes Man City draw at Real Madrid



Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring their first goal against Real Madrid REUTERS/Juan Medina

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne powered home a screamer from distance in 67th minute to earn them a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

City dominated the match in the early stages but it was Real Madrid who took the lead as Vinicius Jr netted a brilliant curling strike from the edge of the area that flew into the top-right corner with Real Madrid’s first shot on target in the 36th minute.

Real Madrid got back on top in the second half and took control, but it was City who scored after they won the ball high up the pitch and it was worked to De Bruyne who rifled a shot into the net to the goalkeeper’s right.

Real beat Chelsea in the quarter-finals to progress and looked like they would continue their winning streak in the Champions League but City fought back to take a point.

City dominated the game for most part but failed to finish in front of goal.


The holders got back on top in the second half and took control, but it was City who scored after they won possession high up the pitch and worked the ball to De Bruyne who drilled in with the outside of his boot to leave the tie poised ahead of next Wednesday’s second leg.

It was a frantic encounter at a sold-out Santiago Bernabeu with the home fans spending the first half hour of the match on the edge of their seats as City started strongly.

Real Madrid struggled with City’s relentless pressure and the visitors dominated proceedings early and maintained control as the first half progressed.

Pep Guardiola’s team enjoyed a staggering 75% ball possession for a large part of the first half and by the halfway point of the opening period City had recorded six attempts, with four on target, compared to none from Real.


But the hosts slowly started to get a foothold in midfield and started to test City on the counter, with Vinicius moving to a more central position, luring markers away from touchline and creating space for Eduardo Camavinga.

After Camavinga and Vinicius combined to create two half-chances, they nailed a textbook counter attack.

Camavinga burst down the left touchline and passed to Vinicius, who let fly with a missile from outside the area that shot into the corner of the net.

Real Madrid got on top in the second half and almost scored early on when Karim Benzema fired wide.


The France striker seemed off the pace, making uncharacteristic errors and misfiring with several attempts on goal.

It was after a poor pass from Benzema that Man City stopped another Real Madrid counter and, after recovering the ball high up the pitch after a poor attempt at a clearance by Camavinga, that De Bruyne netted the equaliser.

City keeper Ederson made two critical saves to keep the scores level ahead of next week’s return encounter.

“The tie remains open… we played a good game. They had possession early, yes, but no real chances… Too bad about the goal, we had more chances than they had,” Luka Modric told Movistar Plus.


“I don’t think anyone goes to the second leg with a mental edge. It’s an open tie, we already knew that this wasn’t going to end here at Santiago Bernabeu, that nobody was going to take an advantage to kill it today.

“The tie, before this game, was 50-50. And now, it’s still the same.”

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