Manchester City have moved one step nearer to profitable a primary ever European Cup by reserving their place within the Champions League quarter-finals.
Pep Guardiola’s facet headed into their round-of-16 second leg conflict towards Actual Madrid with a 2-1 benefit, having gained the primary leg on the Bernabeu, they usually capitalised on some poor defending to choose up one other 2-1 victory to win the tie 4-2 on mixture.
Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus each netted for the hosts at an empty Etihad stadium, both facet of Karim Benzema’s header which gave hope to Los Blancos of a attainable comeback.
City’s victory books their place within the Champions League mini-tournament, which is being performed in Lisbon later this month as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
They’ll tackle Lyon within the quarter-finals, because the French outfit beat Juventus of their respective round-of-16 encounter.
Regardless of the match being performed behind closed doorways, City seemed pumped up from the outset and decided to drag off a repeat of their well-known victory on the Bernabeu in February.
They benefited from two horrendous errors from Raphael Varane however their relentless depth gave the newly-crowned Spanish champions little time to settle.
City supervisor Pep Guardiola put his religion in Phil Foden to start out forward of veteran David Silva and had a much bigger shock in retailer by initially deploying the 20-year-old as a false 9.
That meant Jesus pushed out on to the correct and the Brazilian instantly made his presence felt by forcing the error that led to Sterling’s ninth-minute opener.
Actual made a multitude of an try to play out from the again and Varane – whose common defensive companion Sergio Ramos was a vocal presence within the stands solely because of suspension – dwelt too lengthy in possession.
Jesus barged him off the ball too simply and shortly squared for an unmarked Sterling to faucet residence his 100th City objective.
It was a dream begin for the hosts and Sterling went shut once more with a shot that dipped simply over quickly after.
Actual threatened for the primary time when the damaging Benzema turned Aymeric Laporte on the sting of the realm however Ederson beat away his highly effective drive.
Ederson additionally dealt comfortably with one other effort from Eden Hazard, who was handed match after extra ankle bother, however Actual loved spell and levelled after 28 minutes. Benzema did the injury with a strong header after Rodrygo acquired to the byline.
City refused to take a seat again in response and Kyle Walker shot over earlier than Joao Cancelo examined Thibaut Courtois from distance.
Courtois then acquired away with an error as a clearance went straight to Kevin De Bruyne however Foden shot narrowly extensive.
Courtois made amends for that early within the second half after De Bruyne slipped Sterling in behind the defence with an outstanding go. The keeper reacted brilliantly as Sterling struck left-footed from a decent angle, palming away for a nook.
De Bruyne threatened himself quickly after however was denied by problem from Dani Carvajal earlier than Ederson saved from Benzema.
Courtois was referred to as upon once more to maintain out a Jesus shot on the flip however he may do nothing after one other Varane blunder within the 68th minute.
Varane failed to chop out an extended ball ahead after which made an ineffective try to go again, permitting Jesus to nip in and dink over the keeper.
Sterling needed a penalty quickly after following a problem by Carvajal however nothing was given.
Silva got here on within the closing levels for what was his closing look on the Etihad and City held agency to safe their place within the subsequent spherical.