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UEFA Champions League: Kevin de Bruyne gives Manchester City the win over Atletico Madrid

The Belgian midfielder scored the winner at Stamford Bridge to give the Citizens the lead going into the second leg.

Kevin de Bruyne ensured that the Citizens went into the second leg with a clean sheet.
Kevin de Bruyne ensured that the Citizens went into the second leg with a clean sheet.

In an exciting but very close UEFA Champions League match, Kevin de Bruyne gave Manchester City the win over Atlético de Madrid, with a brilliant goal scored by Phil Foden, who came on as a second-half substitute.

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The match was hard-fought with Manchester City throwing themselves wildly into the Colchoneros' area, who in turn tried to take advantage of the spaces that were left free and carried out a couple of counterattacks.

However, these were not effective and they ended up not taking advantage of the huge spaces that the Citizens gave them. Antoine Griezman failed to take advantage of a very clear goal-scoring opportunity, as he escaped from the City defenders but was unable to get a shot off.

And if anything was clear, it was that the referee allowed a rather rough game, as the yellow cards did not start to appear until the second half of the match at Stamford Bridge

What was the match like before Kevin de Bruyne's goal?

The duel was marked by City's constant attack on Atletico's goal, and by the latter's search for counterattacking opportunities, which was evident from the first minutes of the match.

In fact, in the 3rd minute, Atleti's first counterattack took place, with Joao Felix sending Llorente to run down the right sector, with which the Spaniard seemed to beat Aké for speed, but he committed an infraction.

However, City was not going to sit back and watch and in the 11th minute, Kevin de Bruyne had already issued a warning when he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box, which he took advantage of to send a right-footed shot that crashed into Vrsaljko's leg before going out for a corner.

And this was more or less the dynamic of the match: City took advantage to organize vertical attacks against Atleti's area, who in turn tried to take advantage of those spaces that Guardiola's team opened, to counterattack.

This caused the duel to gradually increase in intensity, which was reflected in the 40th minute when De Bruyne received a pass with the outside, which forced Felipe to go in search of the ball, so he brought down the Belgian, who ended up on the grass, but it was not charged as a foul and the game continued. 

This was Kevin de Bruyne's goal to give Manchester City the win over Atlético de Madrid

However, the game was not going to stay 0-0, because, in the 68th minute, Pep Guardiola brought out the magic with which he won everything with Barcelona and made changes that revolutionized the game. 

In that minute, the game was over for Gündogan, Mahrez, and Sterling, and in came Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish, and Phil Foden, the player who would change the course of the match.

Without wasting time and in the 70th minute, Foden sent a filtered pass to De Bruyne, who made no mistake inside the area, and with a right-footed cross left Oblak with no chance.

With this goal, De Bruyne made it 1-0, which ended the match and forces the Colchoneros to have an epic comeback when they play the second leg on Wednesday, April 13 at the Wanda Metropolitano.

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Walter Gabriel Estrella Yah.

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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