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UCL: Man City Edge Out Bayern To Face Real Madrid In Semifinals

Manchester City saw off the challenge of Bayern Munich with a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to cruise into the Champions League semifinals 4-1 on aggregate.

City, chasing their first Champions League title, will take on record 14-time winners and holders Real Madrid in the semifinals for a second successive season.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg of the quarterfinal tie a week ago, Bayern were spurred on by a passionate home crowd in Munich but couldn’t make their early chances count.

Haaland, who missed a first-half penalty, then effectively put the result beyond doubt when capitalising on a slip from Dayot Upamecano to find the net in the 57th minute with his 48th goal of an extraordinary season.

Bayern finally got on the scoresheet with seven minutes of the tie remaining when Joshua Kimmich converted a penalty after a handball was awarded against Manuel Akanji, but by that point the goal was no more than a consolation.

The German champions’ misery was then complete in the dying minutes when coach Thomas Tuchel was shown a second yellow card and ejected from the sideline.

Despite a lack of goals, the first half was an eventful one, particularly for Bayern Munich defender Upamecano.

Having put in an unconvincing performance and been at fault for City’s second goal a week ago, the centre-back began another night to forget when referee Clement Turpin showed him a red card after just 18 minutes for bringing down Haaland. To his and Bayern’s great relief, the assistant referee’s offside flag was immediately raised, nullifying the sending off.

However, another scare was not far away. This time Upamecano was punished when his arm moved out from behind his back and got a touch on a shot from Ilkay Gundogan to prompt the referee to award a penalty and show the Bayern man a yellow card.

But, following a long wait, Haaland offered Upamecano another reprieve when he blasted his penalty over the bar to end a run of 18 successful conversions from the spot, excluding shootouts, and a first miss in a City shirt.

Outside of Upamecano’s adventures, Bayern were left frustrated by a serious of near-misses as they attempted to kickstart their comeback.

Former City winger Leroy Sane had the home side’s best chance of the first half in the 17th minute but dinked wide of the post after being played through one-on-one with Ederson.

The Man City goalkeeper turned a Sane free-kick wide of the post four minutes later, while City’s defenders stood firm to block shots from Kingsley Coman and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in first-half stoppage time.

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