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Man City reach UEFA Champions League final

17 May 2023

City secure second European final in three seasons after 5-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid

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Manchester City are into their second UEFA Champions League final in three years after beating holders Real Madrid 5-1 on aggregate following a brilliant 4-0 win at Etihad Stadium, to set up a meeting with Inter Milan in Istanbul.

After the two sides had drawn the first leg 1-1 a week earlier, Man City made the breakthrough on 23 minutes, when Kevin De Bruyne played in Bernardo Silva, who kept his composure before firing in.

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Pep Guardiola’s side continued to dominate and had their second 14 minutes later, Silva again the scorer, this time heading beyond Thibaut Courtois.

Things got even better on 76 minutes, when a free-kick from De Bruyne was met by Manuel Akanji and his header went in off Eder Militao, before Julian Alvarez added a fourth in stoppage time.

Inter confirmed their place in the final by defeating AC Milan 1-0 for a 3-0 aggregate win in Tuesday’s semi-final.

The final on 10 June will be Man City’s first at this stage of the competition since 2020/21, when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

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Man City’s victory has also boosted their hopes of winning the treble.

They are one win away from their seventh Premier League title, which they could claim at home to Chelsea on Sunday, while they face Manchester United in the FA Cup final on 3 June.



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