Pep Guardiola and his men locked horns with Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League competition. The last time both teams met, the match ended in a 3-1 win in Ancelotti's men's favor. The home side lined up in a 4-3-3 formation while the visiting team started the game in a 3-2-4-1 formation
Pep's men kicked off the game strongly as they held on to possession of the ball and pressed for the opening goal. Manchester City won a corner in the 3rd minute but could not score from it. The home side began to get into the game as they pushed forward. Kevin De Bruyne tried a long-range effort but it was comfortably saved by Courtois.
The opening 10 minutes ended with Manchester City as the better team. Rodri tried a long-range shot in the 12th minute but the keeper made a good save. The visiting team continued to press forward as Haaland tried to score from close range in the 14th minute.
After the first 20 minutes, Manchester City was enjoying the lion's share of ball possession and chances created. Real Madrid tried to create a goal-scoring chance in the 25th minute but Pep's men were up to the task.
Real Madrid won a corner in the 33rd minute but could not score. it. The deadlock was finally broken in the 36th minute as Vinicius have Real Madrid the lead.
Manchester City won a corner in the 41st minute but could not find the target. Kroos was shown a yellow card in the 41st+1 minute. The first half ended with Pep's men trailing Real Madrid by a goal to nil.
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