Manchester City’s hopes of retaining the Champions League Cup were dashed after a tense penalty shootout loss to Real Madrid.

Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic both failed to convert from the spot as City suffered a 4-3 defeat on penalties, following a thrilling quarter-final tie that ended 4-4 on aggregate.

Real Madrid took an early lead in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium through Rodrygo, but City responded strongly, dominating possession and creating numerous chances. Kevin De Bruyne eventually leveled the score at 1-1 in the 76th minute.

Despite City’s control, they remained vulnerable to Real’s counter-attacks, as demonstrated when Rodrygo capitalized on a rebound to give Real the lead. City continued to press forward, with Erling Haaland hitting the crossbar and De Bruyne forcing a save from Andriy Lunin.

In the second half, City intensified their efforts, with Nacho clearing off the line to deny Haaland a goal.

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Despite several attempts, City struggled to break through Real’s defense until De Bruyne capitalized on a loose ball to equalize.

As the game entered extra time, City continued to push for a winner, but Foden missed a golden opportunity.

Real remained resilient, with Kyle Walker making a crucial defensive intervention to thwart Vinicius.

The match ultimately went to penalties, with Ederson saving from Luka Modric, but Lunin denied Silva and Kovacic to secure Real’s progression.

Despite City’s relentless efforts, they were unable to overcome Real’s stubborn defense to secure victory.