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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals – Manchester City beat Athletico 1-0: Manchester City turned the tie in their favour against Atlético Madrid after grinding out a 1-0 win thanks to a super-sub. Kevin de Bruyne’s second-half goal gave Manchester City victory as they overcame Atletico’s typically fierce resistance in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Etihad Stadium. Follow UCL 2021/22 Live updates on InsideSport.IN

Liverpool beat Benfica 3-1: In another Quarterfinal game, Liverpool will take a two-goal lead into the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Anfield. Liverpool defeated Benfica 3-1. 

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals: Manchester City beat Athletico 1-0, Strong Liverpool thrash Benfica in 1st LEG: Check HIGHLIGHTS

Manchester City beat Athletico 1-0: It was one-way traffic at the Etihad during the opening 45 minutes with the hosts eager to make their presence known. It was Pep’s substitution tactics that eventually made the difference when Phil Foden’s first touch of the ball set up De Bruyne for the match-winner after only being on the pitch for 80 seconds.

Atletico failed to register a single attempt against Man City.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Man City breached Atletico’s 5-5-0 formation through KDB

Kevin De Bruyne was the hero as Manchester City overcame Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium. The Belgium international struck the only goal 20 minutes from time to hand Pep Guardiola’s side a narrow advantage heading into the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano next week.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Atletico had frustrated the Premier League leaders for large periods of the contest on Tuesday with a typically stubborn defensive display. However, their resistance was finally broken when De Bruyne latched onto Phil Foden’s precise throughball, before sliding past Jan Oblak.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid's 5-5-0 formation
Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid’s 5-5-0 formation

City failed to register a single shot on target from six attempts in the first half, with Atletico also making important blocks to deny Joao Cancelo and De Bruyne. Ilkay Gundogan almost unlocked the Atleti defence, but the skipper was just unable to get Riyad Mahrez’s inviting cross under control.

Manchester City 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage

City continued to carry the greater threat after the restart; Oblak getting down well to keep out De Bruyne’s free-kick, while Aymeric Laporte headed over from a Mahrez corner. Guardiola introduced Jack Grealish, Gabriel Jesus and Foden in a bid to find an elusive opening goal.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid's 5-5-0 formation
Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid’s 5-5-0 formation

And the latter made an impact within two minutes of stepping onto the field; producing a perfectly timed pass for De Bruyne, who finished clinically with his right foot from inside the penalty area.

What does it mean? Advantage City
Manchester City recorded their 15th victory from 23 non-group stage matches under Guardiola. The first side to face both City and Manchester United in the knockout stages of European competition since Juventus in the 1976-77 UEFA Cup, Atletico saw their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid's 5-5-0 formation
Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid’s 5-5-0 formation

What’s next?
The two sides renew their rivalry in the second leg at Wanda Metropolitano next Wednesday. Before that, City welcome Liverpool on Sunday for what could be a crucial clash in the Premier League title race – the day after Atletico travel to Mallorca in LaLiga.

Manchester City beat Atletico Madrid 1-0: Kevin De Bruyne hands Man City a slender 1-0 advantage as the hosts breached Atletico Madrid’s 5-5-0 formation

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