Bayern Munich and Manchester City shared the spoils in a tense 1-1 draw in the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Allianz Stadium this evening.
Following the English side’s overwhelming 3-0 home win in the first leg, the reverse fixture had all the makings of a ‘dead rubber’.
Man City trounced the Bavarians in the first leg at the Etihad Stadium and headed to Munich to finish what they started, seeking a third successive semi-final qualification.
Aware of Bayern’s winning mentality, Pep Guardiola urged his players not to let complacency get the better of them, with long-overdue Champions League glory within touching distance.
Champions League top goalscorer Erling Braut Haaland had a golden chance to remove all doubts, but he failed to convert his first penalty for the Cityzens late in the first half.
Ex-Man City man Leroy Sane had the best opportunity for Bayern, but his effort in a one-on-one flew wide of the far post midway through the first half.
Haaland may have failed to score from the spot, but Yann Sommer had no chance early in the second half as the Norwegian made light work of Dayot Upamecano before hitting the top corner to open the scoring.
Joshua Kimmich slotted home a late penalty to get Thomas Tuchel’s side off the mark in this tie, providing a small consolation for a sold-out Allianz Arena.
However, it was too little too late for the perennial Bundesliga champions as Man City progressed into the semi-finals as 4-1 aggregate winners to set up a blockbuster contest against reigning holders Real Madrid.
There’s no time for celebrations in the Man City camp as they switch their attention back to domestic proceedings in anticipation of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash against second-tier Sheffield United.
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