Manchester City and Liverpool are both in control of their respective Champions League quarter-final ties after they both won the first-leg.
City beat a disciplined Ateltico Madrid side 1-0 at the Etihad, and it was a game where Pep Guardiola’s men had to be patient.
The Atletico defensive game plan seemed to work in the first 45 minutes, with City creating relatively little but they didn’t give much away to the Spanish side either.
Lots of pressing and probing from City in the second half was again met with resilience from the Spanish champions but eventually the deadlock was broken.
Kevin De Bruyne was the man who found the breakthrough for City after 70 minutes of frustrati0n. Phil Foden, who had just come on as a substitute moments earlier, made the goal with his first few touches of the game and the Belgian slotted home.
What better way to mark your 50th appearance for Manchester City in the Champions League than with a goal?
Guardiola would have wanted a more ‘comfortable’ lead to take to Madrid, but City do have a lead nevertheless.
Meanwhile, Liverpool travelled to Portugal and earned a relatively comfortable 3-1 win over Benfica.
It was the perfect start for the Reds after Ibrahima Konate’s powerful header gave Liverpool the lead after 17 minutes.
Sadio Mane doubled their advantage around 15 minutes later after a brilliant cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold found the head of Luis Diaz, who nodded it across for the Senegal international to tap in.
Darwin Nunez pulled a goal back for Benfica early into the second half, after Konate failed to clear a cross from Rafa Silva. The Portuguese side looked dangerous as the game went on, but Luis Diaz scored what could prove to be a huge goal in the final few minutes for the Reds to seal the game.
That should be the tie done.
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