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Manchester City and Real Madrid Play Out Thrilling 3-3 Draw

The highly-anticipated Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid lived up to its billing as a rollercoaster encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in a 3-3 draw.


City drew first blood within two minutes through Bernardo Silva’s stunning free-kick. But Real Madrid swiftly responded with an own goal from Ruben Dias and a deflected effort from Rodrygo.

Pep Guardiola‘s side regained control in the second half, with Phil Foden and Josko Gvardiol scoring sensational goals to regain the lead. However, Federico Valverde’s brilliant volley ensured the spoils were shared. Extending City’s unbeaten run in the Champions League to 22 matches.

Picture showing Silva celebrating after scoring first in the 3-3 draw against Real Madrid. (Photo Credit: Manchester City)

Guardiola’s Match Reaction

Reflecting on the thrilling encounter, Guardiola said: “I don’t believe much in luck. It’s true at 1-0 we scored, but a lot still had to happen. Be calm, move less, be safer with the ball, and be exactly what we talk about. It’s 45 minutes and 90 minutes, and a lot still to play, don’t lose your composure because sometimes you want to be crazy. We did well.”

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Gvardiol’s Bernabeu debut

Gvardiol, who scored a stunning goal on his Bernabeu debut, added: “What a game. The first time for me to play here at this stadium, an amazing atmosphere, and we take the result and look forward to the game at home.”

Picture showing Gvardiol celebrating with the team after scoring a fantastic goal against Real Madrid in the draw. (Photo Credit: Manchester City website)

Return Leg

The second leg at the Etihad Stadium promises to be another enthralling affair, with City seeking to extend their formidable home record in Europe, where they haven’t lost in 30 games. However, Real Madrid, the “king of this competition,” as Guardiola described them, will undoubtedly test that record to the fullest.

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In Summary

As Guardiola emphasized, “We have to win the game [next week]. We have our people, it will be sold out, and we need all of them and their energy during 90 minutes to beat the king of this competition. We’ll go for it. The people will be there.”

With the tie finely balanced and both teams showcasing their attacking prowess, the stage is set for another epic Champions League clash next Wednesday.


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