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Real Madrid knock Champions League holders Man City out on penalties

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Real Madrid beat holders Manchester City on penalties to reach the Champions League semi-finals and end Pep Guardiola’s quest for back-to-back trebles.

A penalty shootout was required after the quarter-final tie finished 4-4 on aggregate, and it was Real who held their nerve to advance to the semis.

The Premier League and La Liga giants played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at the Bernabeu last week and continued to inflict blows on each other at the Etihad.

Rodrygo put Real Madrid ahead on 12 minutes and for a long period it appeared as though his goal would be enough, but Kevin de Bruyne scored with 15 minutes remaining to send the tie to extra-time.

Neither side found a winner in the extra 30 minutes and Real won a tense and dramatic penalty shootout 4-3 to end Man City’s European campaign.

It was advantage City in the shootout after Luka Modric saw his penalty saved with Real Madrid’s first effort, but Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic then missed to give the visitors hope.

City goalkeeper Ederson took and scored his side’s fifth penalty but was unable to keep out the decisive spot-kick from Antonio Rudiger as Real advanced in a competition they have won a record 14 times.

Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals after the German giants knocked out Arsenal.