Real Madrid vs Manchester City: Top five best Champions League matches

Los Blancos & The Cityzens have played out some incredible ties in UCL in recent years.

The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s best competition in which the best of each nest in Europe team up against each other initially in a group stage which turns into a knockout competition  toc find out who is the best in Europe... the one deserving to be crowned champions of Europe and win the UCL title. Manchester City won their firs UCL title in the 2022-2023 season. On the other hand, Real Madrid are 14 times UCL champions having the richest history in the Champions League.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid has always been a mouth watering prospect over the years in the UCL. Let’s see how well these two Galactico clubs have fared when pitted against each other on the biggest stage in Europe.

5. Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City (2019-2020 UCL Round Of 16 1st Leg)

Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City (2019-2020 UCL Round Of 16 1st Leg)
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Manchester City‘s got their first ever taste of victory against the White side of Madrid in their history in the 2019-2020 UCL campaign.

Real Madrid had lost their star player Cristiano Ronaldo but still had a few important big name players from their UCL treble winning squad. Despite this, the UCL specialists scored first in the 60th minute. After this, Manchester City turned on the burner and dominated majority of the game and scored two goals to turn the tables. A goal from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne sealed a comfortable lead for Manchester City to close in the second lead at their home stadium.

4. Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid (2019-2020 UCL Round Of 16 2nd Leg)

4. Manchester City 2-1 Real Madrid (2019-2020 UCL Round Of 16 2nd Leg)
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The second leg of the 2019-2020 UCL Round of 16 match between Manchester City and Real Madrid started at an aggregate score of 2:1. The advantage was firmly with Manchester City since it was at their home stadium.

This time it was Manchester City who opened the floodgates with the lead early on with Raheem Sterling scoring in the 9th minute. Karim Benzema pulled back a goal for Real Madrid scoring a goal in the 28th minute. Eventually, Gabriel Jesus ended any slither of hopes for Real Madrid scoring a second goal in the 68th minute. and putting the game to bed The match ended in an aggregate score of 4-2 as Manchester City beat Real Madrid to advance to the 2019-2020 UCL quarter-finals.

3. Manchester City 4-0 Real Madrid (2022-2023 UCL Semi-finals 2nd Leg)

Manchester City 4-0 Real Madrid: Pep Guardiola masterminds comprehensive  win for rampant Citizens at Etihad - Eurosport
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The 2022-2023 UCL journey was a comeback campaign for Manchester City. The Cityzens were determined to finally get their hands on their first UCL title after losing out the 2021-2022 Semi-finals in the dying embers against Real Madrid.

The first leg of the UCL campaign concluded in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. The second leg completely belonged to Manchester City dominating Real Madrid as they beat them 4-0. Moreover, Real Madrid failed to build on their early promise as Manchester City ran rampant with Bernardo Silva being their main threat in that match. The Portugese scored two brilliant goals and created bucketloads of chances as well. Eventually, Manchester City went on to win the final against Inter Milan.

2. Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid (2021-2022 UCL Semi-finals First Leg)

Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid (2021-2022 UCL Semi-finals First Leg)
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The 2021-2022 UCL campaign was smooth sailing for Manchester City until they faced Real Madrid. Real Madrid on the other hand were battle ready and hardened in both legs against PSG and Chelsea as Karim Benzema scored consecutive hat-tricks against.

The first leg ended 4-3 for Manchester City with Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva on the score sheet. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr were on the scoresheet as the Frenchman scored a Panenka penalty in the 88th minute to make the score 4-3 for the night.

1. Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (2021-2022 UCL Semi-finals Second Leg)

Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (2021-2022 UCL Semi-finals Second Leg)
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The second leg of the 2021-2022 UCL Semi-finals was going well for Manchester City as Mahrez scored their first goal in the 73rd minute. However, Real Madrid on the other hand decided to do Real Madrid things as the score line ended up 6-5 for Real Madrid.

Rodrygo Goes was the key player for Real Madrid as he scored a brace in the 90th minute and 91st minute. Luka Modric assisted Rodrygo with a majestic trivela assist. At this stage, the aggregate was 5-5 on the night. Manchester City were taken aback and in the 95th minute, Benzema won a penalty converted it from the spot to make the aggregate 6-5.

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