Real Madrid vs Man City LIVE: Champions League result and final score

Guardiola calls on Man City to ‘hurt’ Real Madrid: ‘We have to punish them’

Manchester City face a battle to retain their Champions League crown after being held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Real Madrid in the Spanish capital.

The holders twice led in an enthralling contest under the Bernabeu Stadium’s new roof but the quarter-final remains on a knife edge after Federico Valverde gave the hosts a deserved share of the spoils.

Bernardo Silva got City off to a flying start but a Ruben Dias own goal and Rodrygo effort sent Real in at half-time of Tuesday’s first leg 2-1 ahead.

Phil Foden equalised for City with a brilliant strike and Josko Gvardiol put them back in front but Valverde had the final word to set up another intriguing contest at Etihad Stadium next week.

Relive the action below plus get the latest odds and tips for the Champions League right here:

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The Pep Guardiola switch that sparked Man City and Real Madrid’s Champions League epic

On such nights, the Champions League remains the gold standard. It was the sort of game that gives the competition magical, mystical properties, the kind that will be marvelled at for years. It was seminal and special, a match of six goals, five of them arguably outstanding, of two stunning comebacks, of a blistering first half by Real Madrid and a sublime turnaround orchestrated by Pep Guardiola ended with the tantalising prospect of a return fixture next week, the reality that one of these terrific teams will be eliminated.

Which? At different points first City and then Real felt on the brink of suffering a blow that, if not a knockout, would probably leave them too wounded to prevail. Now the advantage probably lies with the defending champions, simply because the second leg is in Manchester. Yet an evening that showed cracks in their aura of invincibility ended with the feel of a triumphant affair. A test was passed, even without victory.

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:34

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Phil Foden says that a draw in Spain is a good result for Manchester City who play the second leg of this quarter-final at home.

“I think with the possession that we had they grew a little bit more tired,” he said. “I was able to find the pockets (in the second-half). We grew into the game. We had a couple of chances and I’m just really happy I was able to make the most of mine.

“I felt a sweet connection. It’s a shot I practice in training. I’m thankful it went into the top corner.

“We’re a little disappointed with the draw after going 3-2 up. We didn’t keep the ball from the goal kick and they went and scored. But we can’t dwell on it.

“A draw is a good result. There are a lot of things we can improve on before the second leg.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:42

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Pep Guardiola reacts to six goal thriller and going into the second leg on level terms.

“In the second-half we really showed our personality in terms of how we play,” the City boss told TNT Sports. “Coming back from 2-1 in Manchester would have been difficult. Instead we scored two fantastic goals but defending fifteen minutes in this stadium is an eternity. 3-3, we will take it.

“I told (the players) to be more calm and to attack outside. Now I say: ‘guys it’s 45 minutes after 90 minutes’. There is a lot of football to be played.

“We are lucky that Gvardiol is with us today. He was amazing in how he played. He’s a lovely guy and we are so happy to have him.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:38

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Gvardiol also addressed Real Madrid’s first two goals which were both deflected shots that beat Stefan Ortega.

“This is football. It happens,” he said, “We need to be focused after and try to come back in the game which we did. Good result in the end.

“Happy for my first goal for Man City. Especially against a great opponent. Happy. First touch was not that good but in the end I thought well I’m just going to hit it and see what happens.

“First we have Luton on Saturday so we need to focus on that first.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:32

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Here’s the reaction from Josko Gvardiol who scored his first goal for Manchester City tonight.

“What a game,” he told TNT Sports, “The first time for me to play here at this stadium. It was an amazing atmosphere and we take this result and we look forward to the game at home,

“Last season I faced them with Leipzig but this was a bit different. It was a different team. We knew it would be difficult but we showed quality.

“I would say it was (unlucky) but this is football. We needed to be focused and to come back which is what we did. And in the end, a good result.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:29

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Fede Valverde, who score the late equaliser for Real Madrid, is already looking towards next week’s clash in Manchester.

“We have to remember what happened last year,” he told Movistar TV after the game. “If we go there with the same (lack of) attitude and motivation, we will not go through.

“So we have to use it for revenge, for energy, to go through.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:26

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Real Madrid have not lost any of their last 27 home games in all competitions (with 21 wins and six draws), their best unbeaten run at home since September 2013 (G47 W40 D7).

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:23

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Arsenal’s Champions League lesson reveals true Bayern Munich quality

Manchester City weren’t the only English team in Champions League action tonight as Arsenal hosted Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium.

This was probably the main lesson from the game, that is as important to the second leg in Munich as the aggregate score. It showed the value of experience at this kind of level, but also how you start to develop it.

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:20

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All smiles for Manchester City after that rollercoaster ride:

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:16

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TNT Sports commentator Steve McManaman reacts to the match saying: “An outstanding game of football from two quality teams. It’s a pity that one of them will have to go out next week.”

Mike Jones9 April 2024 22:13

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