Real Madrid 1-1 Man City: Kevin De Bruyne screamer sets up all-important second leg in Manchester
Kevin De Bruyne scored a screamer to cancel a Vinicuis Junior strike to set-up an all-important UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd-leg in Manchester.
Pep Guardiola kept faith with 11-players for the entire game as he tries to manage the Citizens push for the Champions League and English Premier League titles.
City controlled the opening exchanges but it was Madrid who got the breakthrough in the 36th minute.
Eduardo Camavinga controlled the ball from the left and passed inside to Vinicius Junior who cut into the edge of the box to unleash a rocket of a strike past coutry-man Ederson for 1-0, advantage Real Madrid.
Real Madrid led 1-0 at the break at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The second half saw Madrid enjoy early dominance but City were effective in defence to keep Ederson safe and the score-line redeemable.
In the 51st minute, John Stones blocked a Benzema strike for a corner kick before Courtois denied De Bruyne from inside the area.
Manchester City deservingly found the equalizer in minute 67.
Manchester City hit-man Erling Haaland was kept in check by Rudigeir and so the visitors had the midfield to thank for salvation in Madrid.
Rodri won the ball high up the pitch before passing to Jack Grealish. The Englishman found Ilkay Gundogan who served Kevin De Bruyne to shot past Courtois.
Ederson saved from a Karim Benzema header before Ederson made a stoppage time save to deny Aurelien Tchouameni.
It finished 1-1 leaving the question of who qualifies for the final hanging until the second leg in Manchester on May 17.