Real Madrid vs Man City will play out the latest instalment of a burgeoning Champions League rivalry in the semifinals of the 2022/23 competition.
Widely regarded as the best football club of all-time, Real Madrid is Spain’s most decorated team with the most La Liga titles (35) to their credit.
They have also won more UEFA Champions League titles (14) than any other team in the history of the competition besides boasting 20 Copa del Rey triumphs to go along with five FIFA Club World Cup trophies.
Manchester City, on the other hand, may not boast the rich history and tradition that Real does but there’s no doubting the fact that they are the one the leading clubs in world football at the moment and the best team in England by quite some distance.
They’ve won eight English league titles, six of which have come in the last decade itself, highlighting their dominance in English football.
City has also won the FA Cup six times and the League Cup on occasions, making them one of English football’s most successful teams despite the lack of silverware on the European stage.
Known for their enterprising attacks and never-say-die spirit that sees them give their all from the first to the final whistle, both teams usually produce classic encounters when facing each other.
City produced an authoritative display over two legs to knock out six-time winners Bayern Munich 4-1, drawing 1-1 at the Allianz Arena after a 3-0 triumph in Manchester the week before.
Madrid were even more comfortable, beating out-of-form Chelsea 2-0 home and again away to cruise into the final four and stay on course for back-to-back titles, and a record 15th overall.
Here’s what’s happened on the previous eight occasions when Real Madrid vs Man City took place in Europe’s top competition.
|Date||Home team||Away team||Result|
|17/05/2023||Man City||Real Madrid||4-0|
|09/05/2023||Real Madrid||Man City||1-1|
|05/04/2022||Real Madrid||Man City||3-1|
|04/26/2022||Man City||Real Madrid||4-3|
|08/07/2020||Man City||Real Madrid||2-1|
|02/26/2020||Real Madrid||Man City||1-2|
|05/04/2016||Real Madrid||Man City||1-0|
|04/26/2016||Man City||Real Madrid||0-0|
|11/21/2012||Man City||Real Madrid||1-1|
|09/18/2012||Real Madrid||Man City||3-2|
Real Madrid vs Man City: Overall head-to-head record
- Games played: 8
- Man City wins: 3
- Draws: 2
- Real Madrid wins: 3
Real Madrid vs Manchester City (2012 Group Stage)
The clubs played out a thriller in the Santiago Bernabeu, with goalkeeper Joe Hart keeping City in the game before Edin Dzeko gave them the lead with an hour played after a surging Yaya Toure breakaway.
Marcelo levelled with a deflected strike, only for Aleksandar Kolarov to curl home a free kick from the right.
But, in a sting in the tale to foreshadow what would unfold between the teams almost a decade later, Karim Benzema equalised before Cristiano Ronaldo fired a last-gasp winner to snatch a 3-2 triumph. Madrid boss Jose Mourinho ripped his suit doing a knee-slide celebration on the pitch.
In the return game, City were eliminated from the group stage for the second season in succession. Benzema put Madrid ahead before City, needing a win to maintain their chances of progressing, levelled through a Sergio Aguero penalty and it finished 1-1.
Real Madrid vs Manchester City (2016 Semifinals)
City received a boost ahead of their first Champions League semifinal when Cristiano Ronaldo was ruled out of the first leg in Manchester.
That was the first of two turgid games that were settled by City midfielder Fernando putting through his own goal in the Bernabeu — the only goal in either leg.
Madrid went on to win the first of three Champions Leagues in a row under Zinedine Zidane when they defeated Atletico Madrid on penalties in Milan.
Real Madrid vs Man City (2020 Round of 16)
City performed masterfully in a striker-less formation in Madrid, only to fall behind against the run of play when Isco broke the deadlock during the second half.
Guardiola sent on Raheem Sterling from the bench and reverted to a more conventional setup, with Kevin De Bruyne crossing for Gabriel Jesus to equalise. Sterling was then brought down by Dani Carvajal for De Bruyne to seal a 2-1 first-leg advantage from the penalty spot.
That game was in February 2020 and unprecedented circumstances meant the Manchester leg taking place behind closed doors in August. Sterling gave City an early lead and Jesus made sure of progression to the truncated finals tournament in Lisbon — where City collapsed in a heap against Lyon —- after Benzema equalised on the night.
Real Madrid vs Man City (2022 Semifinals)
Benzema honestly seems to relish games between these two teams and he almost single-handedly kept Madrid in this tie after De Bruyne and Jesus opened up an early 2-0 lead in Manchester.
Riyad Mahrez missed a glorious chance for a third and Benzema reduced the arrears before halftime. Afterwards, goals from Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva were split by a sensational solo goal from Vinicius Junior. Aymeric Laporte’s late handball and a nerve-less Panenka penalty from Benzema ensured City only took a 4-3 advantage to Madrid.
A cagey clash at the Bernabeu looked to have been settled when Mahrez crowned an excellent City break late in the second half. But Madrid’s taste for logic-defying Champions League comebacks again came to the fore as a brace from substitute Rodrygo forced extra time.
A more conventional Benzema spot kick in the additional period was enough to break City hearts.
Real Madrid vs Man City (2023 Semi-finals)
An early goal from Vinicius Jr put Madrid ahead with City still dominating position. In the second half, Real Madrid were more aggressive in attack taking control but against the run of play, Kevin De Bruyne scored a long range grounded shot that proved to be the equalizer for Man City. The first leg of this tie, finished 1-1.
But the second leg was just a Manchester City show has Pep Guardiola’s side demolished Real Madrid 4-0 with Bernardo Silva scoring a brace. Alongside Manuel Akanji and Julian Alvarez adding two more to the thrashing of the Los Blancos. With that win Manchester City reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2023 season.