Man City 4-3 Real Madrid: Rival fans criticise City's 'semi-final' limbs after De Bruyne goal

Kevin De Bruyne celebrates a goal

Manchester City just about got the job done against Real Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash.

The helter-skelter affair at the Etihad was a dream watch for the neutral, but, despite the win, a frustrating one for the home fans.

City roared into a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus in what was the perfect start.

However, they left the door ajar for Real to get back into it, a door that a certain Karim Benzema charged right through.

The second half would follow a similar, electric pattern. Both sides were playing some truly remarkable football but it was City who would extend their lead through Phil Foden.

Some suspect defending was then ruthlessly punished by Vinicius Jr who was allowed the freedom of the City half before sprinting into the six-yard box and sliding a cool finish home.

Kevin De Bruyne in action for Manchester City
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City FC runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at City of Manchester Stadium on April 26, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Having seen their lead halved, City went again, this time through a crackerjack strike from Bernardo Silva who rattled the ball past a hapless Thibaut Courtois.

Sadly, from a City perspective, they would once again let Real back in, this time through a stunning Benzema Panenka penalty.

The game would end 4-3 with City taking a lead with them to Madrid – a lead that they will surely feel could have been a lot more substantial.

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While the game itself was littered with pulsating action and naughty skill aplenty, one moment in particular has caught the eye of opposing fans who were watching the manic events at the Etihad.

That moment came in the immediate aftermath of the De Bruyne opener, with fans pointing to the lack of ‘limbs’ among the City faithful.

Now, it is worth remembering the De Bruyne goal was very early in the clash but, with with City fans often the butt of the joke, opposing fans were having none of it.

You can see the footage in the short clip below:

And let’s have a look at how some of the fans reacted:

Safe to say they are not impressed in the slightest.

Still, if City can get over the line and book their spot in Paris, you can only imagine the travelling Citizens will do all they can to support their team to the full.

A Kevin De Bruyne goal in the French capital? Cue the wild scenes.

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