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Man City knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League

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Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus handed City a 2-1 win over Real Madrid to seal their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s City held the advantage having recorded a 2-1 victory at the Bernabeu in the first-leg back in February. It meant Real needed to score twice without reply to advance in 90 minutes.

Any of those plans were put to bed when Sterling opened the scoring early in the ninth minute. Varane was caught in possession on his own byline by Gabriel Jesus, who squared for Raheem Sterling to break the deadlock.

It was a special goal for the Englishman as it saw him hit 100 goals for the club in 245 games. Rooney aged 24 years and 157 days is the only English player to reach that tally at a younger age than the City forward as per Squawka.

It didn’t change much for Real, still needing two away goals to qualify, and they got a first through Karim Benzema’s header from a Rodrygo cross.

The second half started with Real Madrid eager to grab a few more goals against City. Los Blancos continued to mess around with the ball deep in their half but the Citizens eventually killed the tie.

Jesus nipped in to capitalize on a weak Varane header to brilliantly poke home from an angle. It was the 22nd goal for the Brazilian in all competitions and also saw him hit his best season tally in a City shirt.

The Manchester side could have easily scored more than two goals but they did just enough to secure a 4-2 aggregate win.

Sterling and Jesus’ goals mean Guardiola’s men keep marching onto towards what could be their first Champions League success.

City will now play Lyon in Lisbon next week in a one-legged tie.