Man City 1-0 Atletico Madrid: De Bruyne Scores As Cityzens Seize Control Of Champions League Tie

Pep Guardiola rants at stubborn Atletico Madrid’s dark arts and Diego Simeone snubs a handshake as Man City take control of their Champions League tie thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne score.

With a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the first leg at the Etihad, Manchester City gained control of their Champions League quarter-final. 

After a magnificent pass from substitute Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne ended 70 minutes of typically tenacious resistance from Diego Simeone’s men, putting the ball home. 

The LaLiga side will now be obliged to score in the return leg, a thought they scarcely entertained on Tuesday night as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated. 

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Despite this, City had to wait 55 minutes for a shot on target, as Simeone threatened to deliver yet another defensive masterclass in Europe. 

Foden, on the other hand, made the difference by creating the critical moment seconds after coming off the bench, finding De Bruyne with a brilliant slide rule pass. 

Before Atletico began to use the dark arts for which they have become famed, the Belgian sent an inch-perfect finish across Jan Oblak and into the far corner. 

Their selected target was substitute Jack Grealish, whose treatment enraged Guardiola when Marcos Llorente blasted the ball at the Englishman as he lay on the ground. 

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At full-time, tensions between a disgruntled Grealish and the Atletico players threatened to boil over, as Simeone walked straight down the tunnel without shaking his opposite number’s hand.

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