The first Champions League semi-final match between Real Madrid and Manchester City is over. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Vinícius Junior and Kevin De Bruyne coming through, the latter taking the Player of the Match award. However, this did not please both football fans and experts who would have awarded the prize to the Real winger.
The 22-year-old Brazilian once again showed how key a player he is for the White Ballet at the moment. When Camavinga dragged the ball from his own half to the opposition’s whitewash in the thirty-sixth minute and found Vinícius, the latter didn’t hesitate to set up the ball and sent it past a helpless Ederson with a hard shot. It was his seventh goal in this year’s millionaire competition.
The Citizens, however, were the slightly more active team and got the equaliser, namely De Bruyne in the 67th minute. After a pass from Gündoğan, he put Courtois through with a shot.
Unlike the Brazilian winger, this was his first Champions League goal this season. No one else made a breakthrough in the rest of the game and these two remained the only scorers of the match.
The Belgian midfielder also took home the best player award after the game, which did not go down well with many fans. There were cries on social media that the Brazilian deserved the award more. “Although De Bruyne put in a good performance today, it wasn’t enough for Vinícius,” wrote one fan.
These comments were echoed after the game by the likes of former legendary striker Thierry Henry. “I love Kevin De Bruyne, but how can you say Vinícius didn’t deserve the award today! That’s impossible! “, he said, while not hiding his indignation.
In a week’s time, we have a rematch in Manchester in which a much more important thing than the player of the match will be decided – which team will see out the Champions League final. On the one hand, the Citizens with their breathtaking form, on the other, basically a specialist in this competition, because no team has won it more times than Real Madrid.
Several factors could shuffle the cards, such as the return of White Ballet stopper Milito. City, on the other hand, will have home advantage and it is up to Guardiola’s squad to take advantage of it.
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