On Wednesday night at the Etihad, a commanding performance by Manchester City put an end to Real Madrid’s pursuit of a 15th Champions League championship.
With an 80% ball possession rate, Guardiola’s team controlled the first half.
Erlong Haaland, who appeared destined to score, attempted a header in the 22nd minute, and Madrid’s shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois was called upon to make a save.
The Portuguese player Bernardo Silva would quickly score City’s first goal, beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois despite his team’s heroics.
Despite an earlier long-range attempt from Toni Kroos that came dangerously close to giving Real Madrid a sucker punch equalizer, Silva was in the middle of things again in the 37th minute to give the Citizens a two-goal advantage with a header.
In the 76th minute, after Akanji touched on a free-kick before it hit the Real Madrid defender and went into his own net, Militao would eventually put an end to Madrid with an own goal.
When Manchester City went in pursuit of a fourth goal after scoring a third, Alvarez added another goal in additional time to complete the route.
In their quest to win their first Champions League championship, City will now take against Inter Milan at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on June 10.