Manchester City produced a masterclass to beat Real Madrid 4-0 at home and 5-1 on aggregate in the Champions League semi-final, securing their first-ever appearance in the showpiece event of European football.
City dominated the game from start to finish, with Bernardo Silva scoring twice in the first half to put them in command. Real had no answer to City’s relentless pressure and creativity, and conceded a third goal when Eder Militao deflected Manuel Akanji’s header into his own net. Julian Alvarez added a fourth in injury time to cap off a memorable night for Pep Guardiola’s side.
City will face Inter Milan in the final in Istanbul on June 10, hoping to complete a historic treble. They are on the verge of clinching the Premier League title and will also face Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Real, who have won the Champions League a record 14 times, were outclassed by City and failed to register a single shot on target. The defeat ended their hopes of salvaging their season after losing the La Liga title to Atletico Madrid.
Former Real star Mesut Ozil, who retired from football earlier this year, showed his loyalty to his old club by tweeting: “No matter what… ¡Hala Madrid!” after the game. Ozil played for Real from 2010 to 2014, winning one league title and one cup trophy, before joining Arsenal for £42.5 million. He left the Gunners in 2021 after falling out of favor and had brief stints at Fenerbahce and Istanbul Basaksehir.