Predicted Lineups: Champions League: Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester City – Goals and Highlights | 05/09/2023

Arlo Gibbons


Real Madrid and Manchester City faced off in a highly anticipated Champions League match. The game ended up in a 1-1 tie, with both teams leaving the field with a point.

The match was quite even on the offensive side, but Manchester City had total control of the possession of the ball. They were constantly looking to get to the Belgian keeper’s goal from all sides, exerting pressure on Real Madrid’s defense.

City’s dominance was quite apparent on the front foot, and they looked more confident after Kevin De Bruyne received the ball after a mistake in the white defense. De Bruyne hit it with first intention, scoring the opening goal for City.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid’s Vinicius Jr opened the scoring with a shot outside the box. The goal was a product of a hard-fought attempt to move forward on the flanks before the Brazilian got the ball in a great position to fire.

Both clubs sought possession of the ball to create chances, but City‘s pressure was not letting Madrid breathe. Real Madrid was having few opportunities, but they passed close to the goal. They tried to surprise on the flanks, looking for Benzema.

The game saw some yellow cards and substitutions. Bernardo Silva got a yellow card, and Madrid’s Nacho Fernández Iglesias was replaced by Luka Modrić. Toni Kroos replaced Aurélien Tchouaméni, and Rodrygo replaced Marco Asensio. Eduardo Camavinga also received a yellow card.

Despite trying to surprise Madrid and having a few chances, midfielder İlkay Gündoğan had to leave the field for a medical examination after contact, resulting in a yellow card for him.

Real Madrid and Manchester City have faced each other nine times, with four wins for City, one for Madrid, and no draws. The last five games between the two clubs have been relatively one-sided.

Both teams are coming off a streak of good performances, with City currently at the top of the English Premier League table and Real Madrid advancing to the Copa del Rey. In their previous games, Madrid had a streak of three wins, while City had a streak of five wins.

Overall, the match was tightly contested, with both sides putting in a lot of effort. Manchester City‘s pressure eventually paid off, but Real Madrid managed to level the score. The all-important away goal in the UEFA Champions League will offer City an advantage ahead of their second-leg clash.


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