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Man City to Battle Real Madrid in Champions League Semi-final Cracker

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Manchester City produced a brilliant performance to hold off Atletico Madrid and set up a Champions League semi-final showdown with LaLiga leaders Real Madrid.

Man City kept their cool in the face of a hostile home crowd and intimidation from a physical Atletico Madrid side showing far more ambition than in the first leg.

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Ilkay Gundogan could have made life much easier for Pep Guardiola’s men by slotting in from close range, instead of against the post in the first half.

But in the face of much-increased pressure and a home side pushing desperately for parity, Man City put up a resolute rearguard action to confirm their progression to the last four.

Atletico ended the fiery contest with 10 men when defender Felipe was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous follow-through on Phil Foden, having received his first for an arm that drew blood from the England international’s head.

Real Madrid, who knocked out Chelsea in a thrilling quarter-final tie on Tuesday night, now stand between Man City and a second successive appearance in the final of Europe’s premier club competition.

Having lost to Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea side in last season’s final, Guardiola’s side are seeking a maiden Champions League title in a campaign where they are still competing for three trophies.

Man City lead Premier League by one point from second-placed Liverpool – and face Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in an FA Cup semi-final this Saturday.

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