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Champions League Semis: De Bruyne Forces a Draw Between Man City and Real Madrid

Real Madrid and Manchester City are competing for a spot in the Champions League final, and their first meeting was as tense as we expected. The first leg of the semi-finals ended in a draw after Kevin de Bruyne scored a comeback goal for Man City. Luck was on Real’s side in the first half and they were in a 1-0 lead before half-time thanks to Vinicius Junior’s opening goal. Pep Guardiola's side was determined to make a comeback in the second half, and Kevin de Bruyne’s goal eventually forced a 1-1 draw. Guardiola said he’s not surprised by the tight scoreline considering Real Madrid’s Champions League track record, but he’s confident that their next face-off will yield a different result. “We will try to adjust something maybe in the second leg to be more fluid and play with a bit more rhythm because we play at home and at home we feel comfortable with our people… The team that is going to win the game is going to get to the final,” said Guardiola. Real Madrid is on a quest to extend their record to 15 Champions League titles, while Man City never lifted the trophy. Their meeting next Wednesday will determine who’ll make it to the Champions League final, where they’ll face either Inter Milan or AC Milan.