Manchester City vs Real Madrid, live! Score, updates, how to watch, lineups

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Manchester City vs Real Madrid will be an incredible UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg on Tuesday (kick off, 3pm ET) as Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti lock horns at the Etihad Stadium.

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City have swept by Sporting Lisbon and battled past Atletico Madrid so far in the knockout round, but this is their biggest challenge. Guardiola knows his time at City will only be deemed a roaring success if he can win the Champions League trophy and this season perhaps represents City’s best chance. The 2020-21 runners up have produced their best form for the big nights in Europe so far this campaign (against PSG and Atletico Madrid in particular) and they will have to do that once again to beat the La Liga leaders who they knocked out at the last 16 stage in 2019-20.

Carlo Ancelotti’s experience side needed extra time to get past Chelsea in the quarterfinals but with Karim Benzema in sensational form up top, Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield and a solid, dependable squad who have been in this situation so many times before, Real will be ready for the fight. With the La Liga title all but secured, Real can now focus fully on the Champions League.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Manchester City vs Real Madrid.

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How to watch Manchester City vs Real Madrid live, stream link, and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET Tuesday (April 26)
Online: Live updates via NBCSports.com
How to watch: TUDN, Paramount+

Manchester City vs Real Madrid live updates

36′ — Real wins another corner, and now City has to make a change as John Stones limps off. With Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo unavailable through injury and suspensions, respectively, Fernandinho enters the fray to take the captain’s armband and slide into right back. Will Real be able to take advantage of the veteran midfielder’s new positionm.

34′ — GOOOOOAAALLLLL! Real is back in the fight and Man City will be lamenting those wasted chances. Ferland Mendy’s hopeful cross and expertly turned inside the goal by Karim Benzema — of course it’s him — and we’re back in a one-goal game.

31′ — Another miss, and just!!! De Bruyne hits Foden with an entry into the box but the Englishman’s first touch is not perfect and he’s dragged his shot just wide of the far post. Still 2-0 City. Could be four.

27′ — Riyad Mahrez WYD?!?!? The Algerian gets the benefit of De Bruyne’s hard work at midfield and is rushing down on Thibaut Courtois. Mahrez has a not easy but also not terribly difficult cut back for Phil Foden, but instead carves a shot off the outside of the goal. It really should’ve been 3-0. If you take that shot, you’d better know it’s going in…

18′ — It’s only barely getting better for Real Madrid, which has now had some time with the ball but still looks somewhat shook when Man City takes the wheel. Bernardo Silva now leaves the ball for De Bruyne as City works forward, passing the ball with ease until Carvajal forces a throw-in.

10′ — GOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!!! 2-0, MAN CITY — This time De Bruyne’s on the service, and David Alaba scraps with Gabriel Jesus for the ball only to see it break for the Brazilian. The man who scored four goals against Watford on Saturday makes it five in four days. Wow. What a start.

2′ — GOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! — Riyad Mahrez parts the seas on the right side and swerves a ball over a pack of players to a diving Kevin De Bruyne, whose brave header beats the ball just in front of Dani Carvajal’s high kick and it’s 1-0 to City.

2:50pm ET: The lineups see some heavyweights on the bench, as Casemiro, Marco Asensio, and Isco won’t start for Real Madrid and Raheem Sterling, Iljay Gundogan, and Jack Grealish are subs for Man City. Joao Cancelo is suspended for City and Kyle Walker misses out on a start. How much will those absences affect the Premier League leaders.

Manchester City team news, injuries, lineup

Ederson, Stones, Dias, Laporte, Zinchemko, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Mahrez, Foden, Jesus

Real Madrid team news, injuries, lineup

Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Modric, Kroos, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr, Benzema

Manchester City vs Real Madrid odds (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)

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