The first leg of the Champions League semifinal between Manchester City and Real Madrid which City edged 4-3 will be remembered as a classic.
It isn’t a surprise that we saw such quality on display with stars from both sides all over the pitch. However, it was both teams South American players who helped shape the outcome of the first leg.
For Manchester City, Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus continued his hot goal scoring streak by netting City’s second goal. Despite now being 36, Fernandinho had one of his best performances for City in years. A constant menace in midfield, Fernandinho showed all his class when he won the ball high up the pitch and then put in a delightful cross for Phil Foden to nod home City’s third.
For Real, Vinicius Junior once again showed his worth and quality. His speed, skill and dribbling ability gave Madrid a constant outlet. His goal which bought Madrid back to 3-2 was something special. Receiving the ball on the halfway line, he dummied Fernandinho and then had the ability to carry the ball all the way into the City box before slotting home coolly.
A fast and furious game, the second leg could go either way. With special players on either side, it’s a match that can’t be missed!