Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at 9:48 PM• Jonathan van Haaster • Last update: 21:52

Manchester City are on their way to the Champions League final. The team of coach Josep Guardiola has left nothing of Real Madrid in the first half of the semi-final and is leading 2-0 at halftime. Bernardo Silva is currently the big man with two hits. The English were the dominant side from the start and created chance after chance. Real’s only achievement before the break was a shot against the crossbar by Toni Kroos.

City showed their attacking intentions from the first whistle and that quickly led to several great opportunities. For example, Erling Braut Haaland cleverly outplayed Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, after which the Norwegian did not come out quite right with his steps. Moments later, Haaland missed an even bigger opportunity. Grealish’s cross landed perfectly on the striker’s head, who saw his effort hit Courtois’ hand. Real just couldn’t get a grip on City’s game. The number of passes received by both teams was illustrative of the first fifteen minutes. City recorded 124 successful passes; Real 13.

After a new header from Haaland was again made harmless by Courtois, it was still hit a little later. Kevin De Bruyne gave in a characteristic way to Silva, who found the net with a hard shot in the short corner: 1-0. Real could hardly do anything against that. The first danger from the Madrilenians came out of nowhere after 35 minutes. Kroos decided to swing and hit the crossbar through Ederson’s fingertips. It turned out to be an expensive ‘miss’, because on the other side it was already 2-0. From a messy situation, the ball ended up with Silva, who took full advantage with a striking header. Just before half-time, City came close to 3-0 on several occasions, but Real was spared that suffering, at least before half-time.


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