Spanish giant, Real Madrid and former English Premier League champions, Manchester City overcame their opponents on Tuesday to reach the UEFA champions league semi-final.
Manchester City booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in their history, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint-Germain, while a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick propelled Real Madrid to the semi-final over Wolfsburg at the Bernabeu.
Manchester City came into the match as the half wore on, and came close twice in quick succession midway through the opening period.
First Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva linked up to find Sergio Aguero, who fired wide of the near post from a tight angle, before the Argentine sent another dipping effort bouncing narrowly off target after Ibrahimovic had been caught in possession.
Aguero would have an even better chance to break the deadlock on the half-hour mark when he was brought down inside the area by Kevin Trapp, who escaped with a yellow card for the challenge.
The hosts’ first chance of the second half arrived on the hour mark when Fernando, whose mistake gifted PSG their first goal in Paris last week, got the better of Marquinhos from a corner but could only plant his header wide.
PSG’s task was made even tougher with less than 15 minutes remaining when they fell behind on the night as Kevin de Bruyne, who opened the scoring in the first leg last week, did so again with a clinical curling finish into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Laurent Blanc’s men finally created their first big chance from open play with 10 minutes left when Edinson Cavani raced through on goal, but Hart prevented a nervy finish for his side by making himself big to deny the Uruguayan.
PSG did have the ball in the back of the net in the 86th minute when Ibrahimovic tucked away Maxwell’s cross from close range, but the linesman’s flag was correctly raised to cut the celebrations short.
That proved to be the last of the goalmouth action as City comfortably saw out the game to record just their second knockout victory in the competition, consigning PSG to a quarter-final exit for the fourth consecutive year in the process.
Real Madrid entered Tuesday’s match trailing by two goals in the quarter-final tie after their shock 2-0 defeat at the Volkswagen Arena last week.
However, a brilliant treble from Ronaldo, who has now scored 16 Champions League goals this season, helped Los Blancos make the final four of the competition as they continue their search for an 11th European Cup.
The home side were ahead on the night in the 16th minute, however, when Dani Carvajal’s low cross deflected into the path of Ronaldo, who simply could not pass up the chance to half the deficit in the quarter-final.
Less than two minutes later, Real Madrid and indeed Ronaldo had their second. This time it came from a Toni Kroos corner, which the Portuguese headed into the bottom corner to stun the visitors and wipe out their advantage.
A succession of Real Madrid corners early in the second period put Wolfsburg’s defence under severe pressure, but Ronaldo and Ramos both had attempts blocked as the visitors managed to survive a third goal.