Madrid Edge Past City to Reach Final

Fernando deflected in Gareth Bale’s first-half cross to take Madrid into their 14th final, where arch-rivals Atlético await.

Madrid will face city rivals Atlético in Milan final on 28 May, a repeat of 2014 showpiece. The 2016 UEFA Champions League final will be another all-Madrid affair after Real Madrid squeezed past Manchester City to reach the showpiece for the 14th time.

City’s rearguard had held firm in last week’s goalless first leg, but Manuel Pellegrini was forced into a costly early reshuffle as captain Vincent Kompany limped off in the tenth minute. That was the last thing City’s under-pressure defence needed – and in the 20th minute, they fell behind.

Gareth Bale drove into the visitors’ penalty area down the right and his attempted cross took a deflection off the sliding Fernando, looping over Joe Hart and in off the far post. Madrid’s advantage might have increased as first Marcelo’s cross-shot drifted across the face of goal before Sergio Ramos had an effort disallowed for offside.

City had struggled to muster an attacking threat with Sergio Agüero isolated up front, but while it took until the 44th minute for their first move of note, it nearly brought an equaliser. Kevin De Bruyne found Fernandinho inside the penalty area, and the midfielder came inside Dani Carvajal before drilling a low shot against the outside of the right-hand post – uefa.com

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief www.sportbrief.co.zw. He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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