In an adrenaline-fuelled 90 minutes at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid vs Man City take a draw. It was a tale of two halves with Vinicius Jr and Kevin De Bruyne scoring for both the heavyweights respectively.
Real Madrid vs Man City: Match Summary
Manchester City held the overwhelming majority of the ball in the first half. From the first minute, they pressed aggressively, and tried to pin Real Madrid in their own half. To the credit of Carlo Ancelotti’s men, they weathered City’s possession relatively well.
Toni Kroos, who has received plenty of scrutiny for his defensive performances as a single pivot, proved his worth as the ‘six’ — working hard to track runners into the box, cover for both flanks, block shots, and of course, helping the team escape pressure.
Elsewhere, Dani Carvajal and Eduardo Camavinga both did well in their individual duels against Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva in their respective match-ups on the wings, and Antonio Rudiger put in a tremendous shift putting a body on Erling Haaland.
All that, along with Karim Benzema dropping deep quite a bit to provide reliable hold-up play, meant that Real Madrid scored from their only shot in the first half, an absolutely unreal effort from Modric, Camavinga, and finally, the superstar, Vinicius Jr. Becoming the highest total goals and assist getter in UEFA Champions League for the last two seasons, combined.
Real Madrid went into half-time with a slim lead. They then re-emerged in the second half of Real Madrid vs Man City, bringing their line higher up the pitch — getting the crowd into the game with some excellent build-up play, good counter-pressing, and solid chances to double their lead.
But, despite their best efforts to capitalize on their momentum, they conceded an equalizer to Kevin de Bruyne, who was free at the top of the box for a masterful strike.
The game, from that point on, was quite chaotic (as it was, to be sure, for most of the game). Real Madrid’s ability to win the ball in midfield, and their step up interceptions, were impressive. City had trouble dealing with Real Madrid’s energy in the second half, but also did look a bit threatening in transition the other way.
If you could detach yourself from the emotional roller-coaster of watching Real Madrid play in such a massive game, this was a fantastic game of high quality football worthy of a Champions League final.