Man City 4-3 Real Madrid: Player ratings and man of the match as City win Champions League cracker

It’s advantage Manchester City in the semi-final tie as they come out on top of an unforgettable European clash.

Manchester City won a Champions League classic at the Etihad, beating Real Madrid 4-3 on Tuesday night.

It means they’ll head to the Bernabeu for next week’s semi-final second leg with a one-goal advantage over the 13-time European champions.

City got their first after just two minutes when Riyad Mahrez picked out Kevin De Bruyne inside the box and the Belgian stooped down to head in the cross, and in doing so, scored the fastest-ever Champions League semi-final goal.

It didn’t take long for City to get a second, with De Bruyne this time turning provider as his pin-point cross into the area found Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian beat David Alaba to the ball, swivelled and then placed it beyond Thibaut Courtois.

Mahrez then hit the side netting when he should have passed to Foden who was free at the back post, while the No.47 fired an effort just wide following a counter attack.

But from around 25 minutes, Real began to capitalise on some City sloppiness and saw more of the ball themselves.

David Alaba went close with a header before Karim Benzema clawed one back on 33 minutes, when he found a gap in the City box and finished with a first-time finish from Ferland Mendy’s cross.

Then Rodrygo’s powerful shot was saved, before Eder Militao headed over from a corner.

But it was City who came out the stronger after the break and nearly scored again within the opening minutes, as Mahrez hit the post and then Foden’s follow-up effort was blocked on the line by Dani Carvajal.

City made it 3-1 soon after when Fernandinho picked out Foden at the back post with a cross, and the England international headed it in.

But again Real pulled one back, this time when Vinicius Junior beat Fernandinho to the ball and ran almost the entire length of the half before placing it into the far corner.

It took until the 74th minute for City to grab their fourth, when Bernardo Silva rifled in a shot from the edge of the box after the referee had played advantage following Toni Kroos’s foul on Oleksandr Zinchenko.

But the scoring wasn’t over and Aymeric Laporte was punished late on for a handball in the box, which Benzema converted from the spot via a delicious chip.

Ruben Dias had two chances in the final stages but was inches away from connecting with two crosses at the back post.

They proved to be the final opportunities of a frantic but incredible game. Here’s how we rated the players...

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