Manchester City Defeats Real Madrid in a 7-Goal Thriller Despite Karim Benzema’s Brilliance

Manchester City crushed Real Madrid in the leading leg of the Champions League semi-finals at the Etihad Stadium. Riyad Mahrez’s jinking inside move and pinpoint pass tracked down Kevin de Bruyne. Ghosting in plain, to head home past Thibaut Courtois after just one minute and thirty-four seconds.

De Bruyne assisted Gabriel Jesus on City’s second goal nine minutes later. When the visitors were at risk of failing to keep a grip on the match. Karim Benzema expertly converted Ferland Mendy’s cross in the 33rd minute to cut Madrid’s deficit in half. Still, in the second half, Phil Foden’s header from Fernandinho’s cross restored City’s two-goal advantage.

Within two minutes, Vinicius Junior’s crucial break blasted past Fernandinho. A makeshift right-back who had a substitute for the injured John Stones – and scored to halve the deficit again. But Bernardo Silva’s spectacular left-footed piledriver made it 4-2 with 16 minutes remaining.

Eight minutes later, Benzema scored his second match goal with an outrageous. Panenka penalty following Aymeric Laporte’s handball inside the penalty area. Here are five noteworthy aspects of an exciting evening at the Etihad.

Rapid city starters

De Bruyne scored the quickest semi-final goal in Champions League history after only 94 seconds of this thrilling match. It also extended City’s impressive recent streak of scoring inside the first five minutes of a game; they’ve done it four times in their last eight matches, including against Burnley, Liverpool, and Watford.

The 2-2 draw against Liverpool earlier this month was the first occasion City had surrendered points after gaining the lead. So it is clear that Pep Guardiola feels his team is at its best when in the charge.

Brilliant Benzema 

After scoring hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. His opening goal versus City was his 13th in the Champions League this season. And 40th in all competitions for the year only 41 appearances.

Benzema is the oldest player since Ferenc Puskas to score 40 goals in a single season. For a group in one of Europe’s top four divisions, exceeding his previous season-high of 32. In his last four games against PSG, Chelsea, and City, he has scored eight goals from 2.95 anticipated goals (xG). This goal had an xG (expected goal) of only 0.035, which means he scored eight goals from 2.95 xG. His penalty kick Panenka in the 82nd minute was another stroke of brilliance from the Frenchman. Bringing his season total to 41.

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