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Man City reach semis as Klopp’s Reds ‘flop’

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MANCHESTER City scored twice in the second half through Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in six years.

Foden, who scored the winner in their 2-1 first-leg victory, fired in off the post in the 76th minute after Mahrez had converted a 55th-minute penalty to secure a 4-2 aggregate triumph and send City into the last four for the second time.

“It means a lot, this club this team deserves it,” City midfielder İlkay Gündoğan said. “We are grateful for being in a great competitio­n, reaching the semi-final for the first time with this team.

“This Borussia team has a lot of quality. On a good day they can beat everyone. It’s about staying in the game, attitude, personalit­y, especially in that stage of the competitio­n.”

Dortmund had gone ahead when striker Erling Haaland chased down a deep cross, the ball falling to Jude Bellingham and the teenager curling his shot into the top corner in the 15th minute for his first Champions League goal.

Premier League leaders City, eliminated in the quarter-finals of the competitio­n in the previous three years, will face Paris St Germain in the semi-finals after the French champions knocked out holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

City manager Pep Guardiola reached his eighth Champions League semi-final as a coach, equalling Jose Mourinho, and his first with the English club.

REAL FRUSTRATE LIVERPOOL

Real Madrid moved into the semi-finals of the Champions League after their makeshift defence held on for 0-0 second-leg draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday to complete a 31 aggregate win.

The Spanish side will face Chelsea in the last four as they search for their fifth Champions League title in eight years.

Liverpool, the 2019 Champions League winners, created enough chances in the opening 45 minutes to have turned the tie around but they ran out of ideas in the second half.

Jürgen Klopp had hoped that a disappoint­ing Premier League campaign could be compensate­d for with some end of season European excitement but his side still look well short of the thrills they produced in the past two seasons.

“You always need the key moments. We didn’t lose the tie tonight, we lost in Madrid. We didn’t score and then the experience of Real Madrid played the tie out,” said Klopp.

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Pep Guardiola celebrates with Phil Foden after the England player scored for Manchester City to secure passage into the Champions League semi-finals. Right, Salah had a poor night in front of goal as Klopp’s side exited the competitio­n.

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