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Penalty drama can't stop Haaland as City power past Bayern, Inter set up Milan derby in semis

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19th April, 2023

Erling Haaland has missed a first-half penalty but still scored to help Manchester City advance to a Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid with a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich. 

The other half of the draw will feature a Milan derby after Inter drew 3-3 in their second leg against Benfica to advance 5-3 on aggregate. They will face AC Milan for a place in the final.  

Norway forward Haaland atoned for his spot-kick miss by sealing City’s progress with the opening goal in the 57th minute, just after Bayern missed a good chance at the other end.

Kevin De Bruyne played Haaland through, with the unfortunate Dayot Upamecano slipping as he tried to recover.

Bayern lost the first leg 3-0 in Manchester and they failed to take advantage of numerous chances on their way to a 4-1 aggregate defeat.

Joshua Kimmich scored the Bavarian powerhouse’s consolation from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute after City defender Manuel Akanji was penalised for handball.

It is Bayern’s third consecutive quarter-final exit since winning the tournament in 2020, and the second competition they have been knocked out of in as many weeks after surprisingly losing to Freiburg in the last-eight of the German Cup.


Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel was sent off late in the match after being shown a second yellow card for protesting. His assistant Zsolt Low was handed a straight red.

City are bidding to win the Champions League for the first time in what would be Guardiola’s first European title since winning as Barcelona coach in 2011. 

There were goals galore in Wednesday’s other quarter-final in Milan, as Benfica battled to overcome their 2-0 first-leg defeat to Inter. 

After Nicolo Barella’s opener for Inter, Fredrik Aursnes restored some hope for Benfica shortly before halftime. 

But Lautaro Martinez and substitute Joaquin Correa netted in the second half to help Inter reach their first semi-final since Jose Mourinho led them to the treble of the Champions League, Serie A and Italian Cup in 2010.

Antonio Silva and Petar Musa netted late on for Benfica but it was not enough to deny Inter a derby date with city rivals AC Milan in the last-four. 

The first legs of both semi-finals are scheduled for May 8 (May 9 AEST).