Man City outclass Real Madrid to reach Champions League final

Manchester, May 18 (BNA): Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons, after beating Real Madrid, the defending champion, 4-0, achieving a 5-1 victory on aggregate at the bustling Etihad Stadium.

Bernardo Silva’s first-half brace put City in control of the 14-time European champions, while an Eder Militao own goal after the break and a late fourth from Julian Alvarez sealed the deal for Pep Guardiola’s side who exacted revenge in last year’s semi-final. The final loss, Reuters reported.

City are now unbeaten in 26 home matches in the competition, and that streak was never in jeopardy when Portuguese midfielder Silva fired a shot past Thibaut Courtois in the 23rd minute and then headed home his second in the 37th minute.

The second half was almost a formality, as defending champions Real sought to win the title for the sixth time in 10 seasons, and were overpowered by the relentless City side, who approached the treble.

With their place in the Istanbul final guaranteed, City could win their fifth Premier League title in six seasons this weekend, and they also have the FA Cup final to look forward to.


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