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September 29, 2021
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Man City, Real Madrid enter Champions League quarter-finals

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Manchester City and Real Madrid both made their places in the second-leg matches in the UEFA Champions League last 16, to comfortably reach the quarterfinals.

Due to travel restrictions over the Covid-19 pandemic, Man City and their German opponents Monchengladbach played at Puskas Arena in Budapest as they did in the first-leg.

Coming with a 2-0 lead to the second meeting, City started brightly with two goals in the early stages.

City captain Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring by lashing home Riyad Mahrez’s pass 12 minutes into the first half. Six minutes later, Phil Foden assisted German international Ilkay Gundogan in scoring the second goal with a close-range low shot.

On the contrary, Monchengladbach failed to respond, meaning the English Premier League leaders advance 4-0 on aggregate.

In Madrid, the hosts broke the deadlock in the 34th minute with Karim Benzema sweeping home after Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello’s poor clearance giving Luka Modric the opportunity to feed the French international.

In the second half, Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid a further lead from the penalty spot before the Italian side pulled one back with Luis Muriel’s free-kick. Marco Asensio then sealed the 3-1 victory for the hosts with an 84th-minute goal.

Madrid move ahead 4-1 on aggregate. The 13-time champions reached the quarterfinals for the first time in three seasons.

The quarterfinal draw will take place on Friday.

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