Two Dutch players started in the final between Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Nathan Ake was given confidence at the back of the home team’s defense and Matthijs de Ligt was also allowed to lead Bayern’s defense in the quarter-finals.
In the pouring rain in Manchester, it was the home team who got off to an excellent start. Pep Guardiola’s side put a lot of pressure on the Germans and had almost no problems during the transition period. After half an hour of play, that also led to the lead, after Spanish midfielder Rodri produced a devastating shot with his left foot and saw the ball drop into the cross.
Ederson is decisive
Manchester City had a number of opportunities to increase the lead in the first half, but Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who replaced the injured Manuel Neuer, maintained his team’s lead with a wonderful save of a shot with his foot.
After the break, the Bundesliga leaders had an excellent opportunity to make it 1-1, but Brazilian Ederson was able to distinguish himself with a beautiful save from Leroy Sane’s shot. However, following a wake-up call from the Bundesliga leader, Manchester City have once again taken matters into their own hands. Sumer had to take action after Aki’s attempt.
However, after seventy minutes of play, another blow came for Bayern. Despite the retirement of playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who was replaced by Julian Alvarez, Manchester City achieved the score 2-0. Erling Braut Haaland got the ball in scoring position, but kept a bird’s eye view and sent over Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese cleverly scored the second goal of the evening against the ropes.
Bayern Munich seemed very upset by the second goal, and French defender Dayot Upamecano lost the ball in Der Recordmeister’s goal. Fifteen minutes before the end, it seemed that the fate of the Germans had finally been decided. Haaland was able to score easily after John Stones’ header.
With his eleventh goal in the Champions League this season, the Norwegian puts his team with one foot in the semi-finals. In a week’s time, Bayern will have the opportunity to do the impossible and overturn a 3-0 deficit at their home stadium, the Allianz Arena.
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