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How Real Madrid players celebrated the historical knockout vs Manchester City – revealed

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In a thrilling quarterfinal showdown, Antonio Rudiger calmly slotted home a penalty during the shootout, securing a 4-3 victory for Real Madrid over Manchester City after a tense 4-4 aggregate draw across both matches. 

Despite Manchester City’s strong performance throughout both legs, particularly in the second, Real Madrid’s pedigree as 14-time Champions League winners shone. 

The team from the Spanish capital showcased their knack for getting the job done, even against formidable opponents like Guardiola’s treble-winning City side.

It must be remembered that just a year prior, City had convincingly defeated Real 4-0 in the semifinals en route to clinching their maiden Champions League title against Inter Milan. 

This victory suggested a potential shift in European football’s power dynamics, with City potentially eclipsing the traditional giants. 

However, while City have risen as the dominant force in English football, surpassing historically successful clubs, conquering the Champions League remains a daunting challenge, highlighting the tournament’s unforgiving nature compared to domestic competitions.

This was the case on Wednesday night as despite being branded as the second favourites, Madrid defied the odds to book a place in the semi-final.

Real Madrid player reactions

Naturally, players were ecstatic and many of them expressed their joy by taking to social media. David Alaba, who is set to miss the season through ACL rupture, was screaming and shouting after the game, as he celebrated his team’s win from home.

Joselu took to Instagram, posting a picture with match hero Andriy Lunin and Lucas Vazquez.

Aurelien Tchouameni, who missed the game through suspension, posted a subtle story and so did Lunin, although he also wrote, “I love my team.”

Vinicius Jr, on the other hand, sent a couple of messages, saying, “You already know: REAL MADRID!!!”

“Here we go among the 4 best teams in Europe!!! Once again!!! It seems easy.”

Eder Militao was in disbelief as he said, “This Real Madrid makes no sense.”

Meanwhile, Federico Valverde dedicated his MotM trophy to the entire team.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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