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Manchester City hold on to knock Atletico Madrid in Spain

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  • Manchester City and Atletico Madrid played out a 0-0 draw at Wanda Metropolitano which saw City progress to the Champions League semi-finals
  • Manchester City won the first-leg 1-0 at Etihad which proved enough in the fixture
  • The clash in Madrid was marred with tempers as players clashed towards the end of the match which saw Atletico’s Felipe sent off

Manchester City sealed their place in the Champions League semi-finals after an ill-tempered goalless draw with Atletico Madrid in their second-leg clash on Wednesday.

Kevin De Bruyne’s solitary goal in the first leg last week gave Pep Guardiola’s side a slender lead to take to the Wanda Metropolitano.

Diego Simeone’s men put them under intense pressure in the second half, but City held firm before tempers took the centre stage late on and Felipe saw red.

That left the visitors to see out a 1-0 aggregate victory to reach back-to-back Champions League semi-finals for the first time in their history.

The Premier League leaders will now face Real Madrid in the last four after Carlo Ancelotti’s charges overcame Chelsea on Tuesday.

The first clear sight of the goal for either side came at the half-hour mark when Ilkay Gundogan struck the base of Jan Oblak’s right-hand post from eight yards after being teed up by Phil Foden.

City, coming into the game on the back of a thrilling 2-2 draw with title rivals Liverpool, looked the more likely to score throughout the first half, yet they went in at the break having failed to hit the target with any of their eight shots.

The hosts were much improved at the start of the second period and Antoine Griezmann flashed a dipping effort past the post from the edge of the penalty area shortly before the hour.

There was a melee after Felipe’s late challenge on Foden in the closing stages, with both sets of players clashing near the corner flag.

The end result was a second yellow card for the Atleti defender as the home side’s Champions League campaign ended on a sour note, with Simeone himself booked in stoppage time after stepping onto the pitch.

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Man City (agg 0-1)

The match was marred with tempers towards the end of the game which saw Atletico Madrid defender Felipe sent off for a tackle on Manchester City forward Phil Foden. | PHOTO: Getty Images |

City dominated the first half, taking eight shots to Atleti’s one, but Guardiola’s men wilted in the second period and registered just two shots on goal.

The LaLiga side can perhaps consider themselves unlucky not to force extra time after a spirited second-half display, yet the reality is they have now failed to win any of their past eight home games in the Champions League.

Rodri was solid as a rock at the heart of City’s midfield, winning more tackles than any player on the pitch (four), and contesting 16 duels – again, more than any player on either side.

Stefan Savic can consider himself fortunate to have remained on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. The former City man received just a booking for his role in the ugly scenes late on, with Simeone forced onto the field soon after in an apparent attempt to calm the defender down.

City have a tough FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Saturday, while Atletico host Espanyol in LaLiga a day later.

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