Kevin De Bruyne’s excellent strike earned Manchester City a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in a thrilling Champions League semifinal first leg battle on Tuesday.
Manchester City had dominated the early stages of the match only to concede from Madrid’s only shot of the first half, a wonderful strike from Vinicius that seemed to dismay Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian arrowed a strike into the top left corner from almost 25 yards, past Ederson’s helpless dive. It was Madrid’s only shot in the first half, but the game’s most effective one.
But midway through the second half, just when Madrid were pushing for their second goal, De Bruyne silenced the Bernabeu with a tremendous hit of his own from distance.
Ederson punched away Benzema wonderful header and a vicious Aurelien Tchouameni effort in the final stages but, as Guardiola predicted before the game, the tie will be decided in their second leg encounter in Manchester.
“Difficult for us in the first half, in the second half it was much better. They controlled possession in the first half but we were in a good control defensively and when we started to play the ball we created a lot of difficulties.” Ancelloti said as he expressed hope in their second encounter next week.