Saturday, October 1

Man City suffers through Atletico Madrid to make UCL semi-finals

This was not a classic Manchester City victory. Technically, Wednesday on its own wasn’t a victory at all. But it was nonetheless all the more valuable for that. There will be talk of a mature European performance, and perhaps it was. But more than that, it was simply a properly resolute defensive display. For periods in the cauldron of Atlético Madrid’s Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, especially in the second half, City was unable to get its passing game going, but even without center back leader Rúben Dias, it had the wherewithal to hold out for a 0–0 draw that took it through (1–0 aggregate) to the Champions League semifinals, where it will face another Spanish capital power, Real Madrid.

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