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Champions League semi-final: Manchester City score two goals in the first 15 minutes but Benzema responds for Real Madrid

Sky Blues scored two goals in less than 15 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus scored his third goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Gabriel Jesus scored his third goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals between Manchester City and Real Madrid, the goals were not long in coming. Both teams are giving their all on the pitch and after halftime, the match is still open.

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Guardiola's team struck first in the match and only two minutes into the game. A great play by Algeria's Riyad Mahrez down the right flank and a cross that found Belgian Kevin de Bruyne to head in a great header past Courtois.

Then, in the 11th minute, the Brazilian Gabriel Jesus appeared, after a pass from Kevin De Bruyne that David Alaba was unable to deny and the City striker took advantage to beat Thibaut, who, despite stretching, was unable to save the shot.

The outlook for Real Madrid looked complicated as Guardiola's team continued to attack with insistence, however, they missed their chances. First Mahrez on a counter-attack and then Foden with a cross-shot that went very close to the goal.

And when the advantage is not increased against Real Madrid, it can be risky because history goes with the Spanish team, which has 13 champions league titles to its name. Ancelotti's team responded with French striker Karim Benzema to make it 2-1.

After the goal, Guardiola changed John Stones for Fernandinho to avoid any surprises from Los Merengues. After the change, City regained possession but were unable to score.

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