Manchester City have reached the Champions League semi-finals after a 1-0 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid.
Last year's finalists needed just the one goal in the first leg to beat Atleti, with Kevin De Bruyne finding the net late on at the Etihad Stadium and finally breaking down a stern side that had every man behind the ball.
Fans scolded Diego Simeone for playing a 5-5-0 formation, his side not managing a single shot on goal and breaking an unwanted Champions League record as a result.
They had their noisy fans behind them in the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano and made it much more uncomfortable for City on home soil.
Atletico Madrid have managed just 1 shot compared to Man City’s 23 in the first 140 minutes of the tie… pic.twitter.com/Bt36iZ9dEp— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 13, 2022
But Ederson in the City goal was rarely tasted and the Premier League champions dug deep to claim a 0-0 draw that booked their place in the final four.
Atleti defender Felipe was sent off late on for two horrendous challenges on Phil Foden, who ended up sporting a bandage around his head for the first half collision.
Former City player Stefan Savic sparked quite the fracas in the corner when he tried to drag Foden to his feet, leading to bookings and nine minutes of added time in a chaotic finish to the game.
The end of Atlético vs. City got spicy 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/v3qSuDS7yf— B/R Football (@brfootball) April 13, 2022
Contrasting emotions in Madrid!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 13, 2022
Manchester City celebrate reaching the last four of the competition, while Atlético berate the officials.
Professional performance from Pep Guardiola's men 👏#UCL pic.twitter.com/tLlvGN9wOW
He also grabbed the hair of substitute Jack Grealish, who rattled him and a number of Atleti players in the first fixture.
City, who showed real resilience, will be back in the Spanish capital imminently as they will play Atleti's neighbours Real Madrid following their thrilling 5-4 aggregate victory over holders Chelsea.
Karim Benzema's extra time header added to Rodrygo Goes' strike to secure progression for the 13-time European champions after Chelsea took a shock lead 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
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