UCL semi-final: Real Madrid, Man city draws first leg

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A stunning strike from Kevin De Bruyne earned Manchester City a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg, after Vinicius Junior had scored from nearly the exact same spot on the Bernabeu pitch before the break.

City dominated possession in the first half but it was Real who went in ahead after Vinicius Jr linked well with Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric.

Pep Guardiola’s side stayed patient though, and got their reward when De Bruyne struck a rasping shot past Thibaut Courtois to make it 1-1 in the 67th minute.

Carlo Ancelotti was furious with the fourth official after Kevin De Bruyne’s goal made it 1-1, gesturing that the ball had gone out of play before Bernardo Silva hooked it back into a central area in the build-up to the goal.

Not long after that intervention City were level — and Ancelotti was shown a yellow card for his complaints.

Speaking on beIN Sports, the former Arsenal manager and now FIFA’s chief of global football development Arsene Wenger suggested that, if it were possible, UEFA should have checked if the ball crossed the line.

“The VAR should normally check if a goal is regular or not. In a situation like that they have to intervene. They did not go far enough back to check if the ball was out or not, or they had not the potential to check if the ball was out or not. I think I would go for the second because normally the VAR cannot check on the sideline, only on the baseline, the goal-line.”

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