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FutureStarrMan City Vs Bayern - Extended Highlights - Leg 1
Pep Guardiola's side struck hard into the heart of defending champions Bayern Munich to take an commanding lead for next week's second leg in Munich. A goal from Rodri, goals from Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland gave City all of their needed advantage going into next week's second leg.
City displayed a masterclass in attack. Their defense was equally impressive as they successfully blocked numerous Bayern attempts to break down their defense.
Pep Guardiola's Manchester City cruised to a commanding 3-0 first-leg win against Bayern Munich to take an immense lead into next week's second leg. The English champions showed no mercy as they took full control of this quarterfinal tie with an unflinching display that exposed Bayern's weaknesses.
Rodri opened the scoring before halftime with an impressive strike, giving City a commanding advantage they never relinquished. Bernardo Silva headed in another after the break as Bayern began to buckle under City's pressure.
With the game still very much in their favor, the hosts upped their intensity as Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne both went close. Ake made an excellent block from Gnabry while Gundogan couldn't connect from close range.
City players put in some outstanding individual performances, with Rodri and Ruben Dias producing some magnificent saves. Jamal Musiala had an opportunity to score but saw his low shot smothered by Ruben Dias.
However, it was an uncharacteristic error from Upamecano that created the opportunity for Bernardo Silva's goal, as the striker turned inside and sent a perfectly weighted pass into the net.
Man. City took an enormous step toward their third Champions League final in four seasons with this thrilling defeat of Barcelona, but it was also a well-earned and ruthless win for the Premier League champions.
Bayern had a night to forget on Wednesday as they suffered their third consecutive loss in European competition under Thomas Tuchel. But with seven games left and an opportunity to return to the top of the Bundesliga, they must play some of their best football of the season if they are going to overcome City and progress into the semifinals.
City took a decisive step towards the Champions League semi-finals by crushing Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Goals from Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Erling Haaland put the English side firmly in control of this tie.
In the opening half, Rodri opened the scoring for City with an incredible goal from 25 yards out that had everyone on their feet in admiration. His curling effort from 25 yards would have surely made anyone sit up and take notice.
At various points throughout the game, both sides had great chances to score. City had the upper hand in terms of quality and some key moments like Rodri's incredible opener helped them maintain their lead.
Manchester City turned the tide of this game in the second half, dominating Bayern Munich with numerous errors that allowed City to take control.
City's next goal came from Dayot Upamecano's error as Bernardo Silva cut in on his left foot to sweep a curling shot into the top corner from just inside the box.
After that, it was only a matter of time before City scored another goal. Bernardo Silva once again found himself on the volley with an assist from Haaland.
Man. City fans will cherish this night forever as their team ran riot against Bayern Munich to secure an emphatic 3-0 victory. Pep Guardiola's side showed what they are made of as they advanced to the Champions League semi-finals with nine games left in both league and UCL competitions. Man City still have nine matches left to play before reaching this momentous milestone.
On 27 minutes, Rodri's goal put City firmly in control of the match, collecting Bernardo Silva's pass from 25 metres and unleashing an exquisite left-foot drive past Yann Sommer. This came after an energetic opening 20 minutes in which City used their blitz style to force several mistakes from Bayern's backline; including Ruben Dias' block to deny Jamal Mussala and Ilkay Gundogan's shot that went straight at Ederson.
After an opening half marked by high pressure, the game really opened up in the second period as Bayern struggled to find their feet. Former City winger Leroy Sane twice had his shot blocked by Ederson: firstly with a left-footed drive from distance and then close range effort that the keeper saved at his near post.
On 69 minutes, City struck again through Jack Grealish's backheel. Erling Haaland raced into the box and his pinpoint cross found Bernardo Silva at the far post who powered in a powerful header.
City's attacking display was much more than just a first-half hat-trick as Pep Guardiola's men increased the pressure and showed more of their quality in the second period. Haaland set up Silva for his second goal, with Manchester United striker racing through on goal to turn John Stones' knockdown past an unconvincing Yann Sommer.
Six minutes later, Haaland completed an outstanding performance by City with a third goal. First he intercepted Dayot Upamecano's mistake and then Jack Grealish cleverly flicked him a cross to the back post where Bernardo Silva tapped home from close range.
Manchester City put on an exceptional display, with Guardiola's team showing more class than ever this season in the Champions League. It is their most successful run since 2012 when they reached the final. If they can keep this up, City will be among favorites to win it all again next year.
Manchester City are 90 minutes closer to achieving history by defeating Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. Pep Guardiola's side will attempt to make it four titles in eight years if they prevail in Munich on Wednesday night.
City are in control and won't relent in the second period. They created two fantastic chances within 10 minutes but need to be more clinical if they want to take a lead into the return leg in Germany.
De Ligt sees his header blocked and Coman is clattered by Gundogan, but that's the extent of Bayern Munich's chances until Bernardo Silva comes on the end of Haaland's cross to head past Sommer.
City have made an excellent start, playing the football that had been missing recently. They're pressing hard and breaking down Germany as a unit. It's an encouraging sign for them.
City are struggling to contain Manchester United's tendency to throw the ball around their defense, which is causing them issues. The Germans try to tap it on but keep getting caught out.
They're applying pressure to their defenders and making them play with their backs to the ball, but this strategy isn't working for them.
Ake is having an impressive game, blocking Coman's daring runs down the wing and making it difficult for him to take a shot. Additionally, Ake makes an important tackle on the edge of the box which saves them from an easy goal.
Sane has another opportunity to score, but his cross is blocked by Pavard. Musiala also has his shot blocked but Ederson easily saves it for the Belgian.
The Germans have been the better side throughout this match, yet they lack that edge to put City on the back foot.
They're losing control of the ball at times and don't know how to move it forward. This poses a major problem for them and needs to be addressed immediately.