Champions League: Manchester City knock out Bayern Munich and Inter set up Milan derby
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 20, 2023 - 05:30AM
Manchester City and Inter Milan booked their place in the semi-finals (Pictures: Getty)

will face defending champions in the semi-finals of the after knocking out ’s former club .

Having taken control of the quarter-final tie with a 3-0 win at the Etihad, Man City clinched a 1-1 draw in Munich to book their place in the semis for the fifth time.

Despite being the dominant force in English football over the last decade, Manchester City are still searching for their maiden Champions League win.

Up next for the Premier League champions will be Real Madrid, who won their 14th European Cup last season and .

In the final Champions League last-eight clash, Inter Milan beat Benfica 5-3 on aggregate to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against city rivals AC Milan, who stunned runaway Serie A leaders Napoli last night.

Following a 3-0 loss in Manchester, Bayern were desperate for an early goal to spark hope of a comeback and Leroy Sane missed a golden chance on 16 minutes when he chipped wide.

Dayot Upamecano struggled in the first leg and had another eventful evening at the Allianz Arena, relieved to see the linesman flag for offside after he pulled back Erling Haaland and was briefly sent off.

Man City outclassed Bayern Munich over two legs (Picture: Getty)

The Bayern Munich defender then gave away a harsh penalty for handball but was counting his lucky stars for the second time as former Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland skied over the bar.

The hosts created a number of openings in the first half but Ederson denied Sane and Kingsley Coman with routine saves before a Coman strike was blocked by some last-ditch Man City defending.

France winger Coman went close again after half-time before Haaland broke the deadlock and left Bayern Munich with a mountain to climb.

As has often been the case this season, Kevin de Bruyne found the Norwegian who benefited from an Upamecano slip to rifle past Yann Sommer.

Bayern Munich were denied an equaliser on 75 minutes due to an offside but did manage to get on the scoresheet late on as captain Joshua Kimmich scored a penalty from another controversial handball.

Thomas Tuchel’s frustrations got the better of him before the final whistle as the former Chelsea boss was sent to the stands for a second yellow after berating the officials.

Asked about a semi-final clash with Real Madrid, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva said: ‘We will go for it, definitely. We always go for it but we feel the team is very, very confident at the minute. I think we are going through.’

In the other Champions League quarter-final at the San Siro, Inter Milan set up a semi-final with arch-rivals AC Milan despite a spirited fightback from Benfica.

Inter will face arch-rivals AC Milan in the next round (Picture: Getty)

Inter led 2-0 from the first leg in Lisbon and extended their lead through Nicolo Barella, before Fredrik Aursnes gave Benfica hope.

But Lautaro Martinez and substitute Joaquin Correa made it 5-1 on aggregate and sent Inter Milan through despite two late Benfica goals from Antonio Silva and Petar Musa.

Inter Milan’s Denzel Dumfries said: ‘This is an amazing feeling. It has been amazing what we have done until now. Now we will face AC Milan in the semi-finals which will be a special match. We’re looking forward to it.

‘We said this already at the start of the season, we can win the Champions League. This is our goal. Of course, the target is to win the Champions League.’


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