Luka Modrić's Emotional Reaction Highlights Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Victory Over Manchester City

Real Madrid stuns Manchester City in thrilling Champions League quarterfinal, overcoming City's dominance to advance on penalties. Emotional reactions and tactical brilliance highlight the high-stakes clash between European giants.

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Luka Modrić's Emotional Reaction Highlights Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Victory Over Manchester City

Luka Modrić's Emotional Reaction Highlights Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Victory Over Manchester City

Real Madrid's thrilling victory over Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinal was marked by a dramatic penalty shootout and an emotional reaction from midfielder Luka Modrić. Despite City's dominance in normal time, Real Madrid exploited every advantage to secure a 4-3 win on penalties after a 1-1 draw on the night and a 4-4 aggregate score.

The match was a high-drama affair, with both teams creating numerous chances. City had 33 shots to Madrid's 8 and 18 corners to just 1, but they were unable to finish off the Spanish giants. Kevin De Bruyne scored to cancel out Rodrygo's early goal, but both he and Erling Haaland missed key chances.

In the penalty shootout, Modrić stepped up to take a penalty but failed to beat Ederson. After the save, Modrić kicked the ball into the stands in despair, causing a delay as the ball had to be retrieved. This moment is seen by many fans as a crucial 'mind game' that helped shift the psychological advantage to Real Madrid.

Bernardo Silva, who was next to take a penalty for City, had to wait for the ball to be found and ultimately missed his spot kick. Goalkeeper Andriy Lunin emerged as the hero for Real Madrid, saving penalties from Silva and Mateo Kovačić to tilt the shootout in their favor. Defender Antonio Rüdiger scored the decisive penalty to send Real Madrid through to the semifinals.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team's resilience and commitment, saying they found a way to win despite being written off. Captain Nacho acknowledged that they "suffered a lot" against the relentless City pressure but ultimately weathered the storm. Federico Valverde credited the team's ability to dig in, defend well, and fight hard until the very end.

The victory keeps Real Madrid on course for a record-extending 15th Champions League title and denies Manchester City the chance to become the first English team to win back-to-back Champions League titles. City manager Pep Guardiola congratulated Real Madrid, recognizing their ability to win in different ways makes them a formidable opponent.

Real Madrid now advances to the semifinals, where they will face Bayern Munich. The Spanish club's love affair with the Champions League continues, as they demonstrated once again their ability to find a way to win in the face of adversity. For Manchester City, the focus shifts to the FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea, as their hopes of a historic treble have come to an end.

Key Takeaways

  • Real Madrid beat Man City 4-3 on penalties in CL quarterfinal after 1-1 draw.
  • Modrić's missed penalty and delay helped shift momentum in Real Madrid's favor.
  • Lunin's penalty saves were crucial as Real Madrid advanced to CL semifinals.
  • Real Madrid keep their quest for 15th CL title alive, denying City a chance at back-to-back titles.
  • Man City's focus shifts to FA Cup semifinal against Chelsea after CL dream ends.