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Wayne Lumbasi

Manchester City are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 1-0 aggregate win, having held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.

There were ugly yet enthralling scenes towards the end of the match after a swipe on Phil Foden by Felipe sparked a mass brawl between both sides, sets of substitutes and members of staff.

Felipe was dismissed but Stefan Savic somehow escaped with a booking despite trying to drag Foden back onto the pitch, head-butting Raheem Sterling and tugging at substitute Jack Grealish’s hair. The former City man then had a further altercation with Grealish in the tunnel as the players had to be separated on their way back to the changing rooms, with at least one object thrown at the City players.

Brawl between Manchester city players and Atletico Madridplayers /Getty Images/

Unlike the first leg, Diego Simeone’s side showed no signs of sitting back this time around and were way more active on the pitch with João Félix as their main threat on the wings. Manchester City dominated from the outset, the pattern set as Atletico set up camp inside their own half, relying only on sporadic counter-attacks to relieve the pressure.

Liverpool v Benfica

Liverpool booked their place in the Champions League semi-final with an enthralling 3-3 draw with Benfica on Wednesday, securing a 6-4 win on aggregate. The Reds’ goals came from Roberto Firmino in the 55th and 65th minutes and Ibrahima Konate in the 21st minute at Anfield Stadium.

The Portuguese team scorers were Goncalo Ramos in the 32nd minute, Roman Yaremcuk in the 73rd minute and Darwin Nunez in the 81st minute.

Liverpool players Celebrate together after Robert Firmino’s goal against Benfica /Getty Images/

Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola became the first manager to reach the semifinals of the Champions League for the ninth time in history with the result.

Man City will take on Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid, while Liverpool will play against another Spanish team, Villarreal, in the semifinal round. The first legs of the semifinals will be held on April 27, while the second legs will be played on May 4. The 2022 UEFA Champions League final will be held at the Stade de France on May 28

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