This Tuesday in Europe the curtain was opened on the first games of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. On this day, Manchester City and Atlético de Madrid starred in one of the most vibrant games of this instance, given the hierarchy of both at a continental level.
To reach this instance, Manchester City overwhelmingly beat Sporting Lisbon, while Atlético de Madrid, weeks ago He had dealt a lethal blow against his rival on Tuesday’s court: Manchester United.
On the first part, a fairly even game was seen at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City appealed to their style of play, possession of the ball, to try to disturb the frame defended by Jan Oblak, however, the defensive order of Simeone’s team knew how to counteract the constant attacks of the locals in the first minutes.
The first approach of the night occurred around the 12th minute, when defender Laporte hit a header that went outside the rival frame.
With the passing of the minutes, City could not find a way to open the lock on the mattress defense. Medium-distance shots began to prevail on the pitch, but they were not very dangerous in the goal of the Slovenian goalkeeper.
For the second half, the emotions on the pitch came after a meager 0-0 in the first half. On this occasion, the first to approach the goal was Atlético de Madrid, who, through Marcos Llorente, brought goalkeeper Ederson into action.
City again imposed their style of play against the visitor for the next few minutes, however, their only way to reach danger was the dead ball. Near the 20th minute, Laporte again rose into the air to hit a ball that went slightly over the Spanish frame.
Finally, the scoring was opened with 20 minutes to go before the end of the match. The person in charge of putting City up was Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian found a ball between the lines to get into the rival area and finish off low and cross to leave goalkeeper Oblak without a chance.
With this score, De Bruyne reached his first cry in this edition of the Champions League in which his team starts as the great favorite to take the crown.
watch the goal here
After the goal, City had more clear scoring chances. With 10 minutes remaining, the youthful Phil Foden made his way through the rival defense on the right sector to get into the area and then give a ball back, where De Bruyne arrived, who finished first, but did not have the same luck with the goal and the ball ended up crashing into a rival.
Finally, the match would end with victory for the English who took a small advantage over the key to the quarterfinals that will be defined at the Wanda Metropolitano, next Wednesday, April 13.
Channel and time to see the first leg of the quarterfinals
Tuesday April 5
Benfica 1-2 Liverpool – 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
Manchester City 1-0 Atlético de Madrid – 2:00 pm on ESPN 2
Wednesday April 6
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid – 2:00 p.m. on ESPN
Villareal vs. Bayern Munich – 2:00 pm on ESPN 2.