Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Manchester City in the first semi-final of the Champions League, but with a bitter taste. The away goal should not have stood as it was already offside. Coach Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t understand that.
Los Blancos entered the match as expected. They started from a solid defence and relied on quick counter attacks. For the first 20 minutes, they allowed themselves to be pushed a little, but then they too turned up the heat.
And all they needed to score was one shot on target. Eduardo Camavinga beautifully clashed with Modric to dispossess two Citizens players and went on, then the ball came to Vinicius who fired it beautifully into the net.
In the second half Real were much more active than in the first, creating several shooting opportunities, but ironically it was the Citizens who scored when De Bruyne cleared the ball to the bar from outside the area.
But as technology later showed, the goal should not have stood. In fact, in the build-up play it was already in the net and so Real should have thrown it away. However, the referees let that go unnoticed and conceded the goal.
An otherwise very calm Carlo Ancelotti was furious and demanded justice, but it was not given and he was also given a yellow card for protesting.
“The ball was out. I don’t say that, technology says that. They showed it on BeIN Sports. VAR didn’t, because they didn’t see it. I find it strange that they didn’t check it well. It’s the details. We should have had a corner before, but the referee wasn’t paying attention. And on top of that, I got a yellow,” Ancelotti did not understand at the press conference.
So Real will have to play to win again in the rematch if they want to advance. The return leg is scheduled for next week at the Etihad Stadium.
Source: Real Madrid, Twitter
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