Real Madrid will decide whether they’re to play in this season’s Champions League final in London next week following their 1-1 draw with Chelsea last night at Valdebebas, while their potential opponents face off this evening in France. Paris Saint-Germain host Manchester City in the other semi-final, with the first leg in Paris.
The hosts took the lead inside the opening quarter of an hour. Former Madrid man Angel Di Maria was instrumental, whipping in a left-footed corner from the right side to meet Marquinhos in the air. The Brazilian centre-back rose highest to steer his header past Ederson and into the back of the net, wheeling away before being embraced by former Barcelona man Neymar and his teammates.
City plugged away, determined not to let the tie slip away from them, and their reward came in a moment of luck on the hour. The English side were passing the ball in front of the penalty area before Kevin De Bruyne angled in a speculative cross that another former Madrid man, Keylor Navas, misjudged and allowed fly past him into the net. Pep Guardiola’s side took the lead soon after, Navas again suspect in dealing, or failing to deal with, Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick in the 71st minute.