Man City defeats Real Madrid 4-0 to reach the Champions League championship game.
On June 10, City will face Inter Milan in Istanbul. Pep Guardiola gets the opportunity to win the premier competition in European football for the third time in his career.
At Etihad Stadium, Bernardo scored in the 23rd and 37th minutes. Julian Alvarez’s stoppage-time goal, along with an own goal by Eder Militao in the 76th, sealed a 5-1 victory overall.
City has reached the final twice in the past three seasons and is going for their first-ever Champions League victory.
Madrid was attempting to win its record-extending 15th European Cup. But after the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in a 1-1 draw, they were completely outplayed.
Erling Haaland had already compelled two saves out of Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Bernardo defeated the Frenchman at his near post to give City the lead.
For the visitors, Toni Kroos then hit the crossbar. However, Bernardo scored again by heading in a rebound after Ilkay Gundogan’s shot was blocked.
Madrid has a history of dominating comebacks, as evidenced by their 6-5 overtime victory over City in the semifinals last year.
However, there would be no repeat on this occasion as Militao ended Madrid’s hopes in the second half by heading into his own net before Alvarez’ late goal.
With Barcelona, Guardiola won the Champions League twice. But he hasn’t added to that total with his former clubs, Bayern Munich or City.
This season’s fourth-place team in Serie A will face Manchester City, the team with the best record in Europe.
Even the most ardent Inter Milan supporter would have to concede that the Nerazzurri are underdogs heading into the Champions League final on June 10.