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Real Madrid 3, Man City 1: Karim Benzema penalty secures lead (VIDEO)

There were plenty of fireworks in the semifinal first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid; Wednesday’s second leg is widely expected to be pure chaos.  

Man City led throughout the seven-goal, first-leg thriller at the Etihad but was never able to pull away from Real Madrid. At three different points in the first leg, starting with two goals in the first 11 minutes, the defending Premier League champions held  a two-goal lead only to see Real cut its deficit in half each time. 

Once again, Karim Benzema came to Real’s rescue with a two-goal performance. On each occasion, the French international pulled the Spanish giants back from the brink—once in the 33rd minute and again in the 82nd with an incredibly cold-blooded Panenka penalty while trailing by two goals late. 




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