De Bruyne steers City past stubborn Atleti

UEFA Champions League

Manchester City secured a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium.

City made three changes to the side that beat Burnley, as Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva and John Stones were all restored while Atletico brought back Koke and Felipe.

Pep Guardiola's charges had the attacking initiative in the early stages, as Aymeric Laporte came close to giving the lead with a header that missed the near post just wide.

However, the Diego Simeone's men were disciplined at the back, as they soaked up the pressure for prolonged periods and were happy to head into the halftime break deadlocked.

Kevin De Bruyne forced Atletico goalkeeper into a save early in the second stanza but City were largely frustrated by the visitors' deep block and Guardiola switched things up 20 minutes before time by introducing Gabriel Jesus, Jack Grealish and Phil Foden.

The changes had an immediate impact, as De Bruyne eventually broke the deadlock for the Citizens with a clinical strike in the box after an off-load by Foden.

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Liverpool increased their chances of reaching the semi-finals after thrashing Benfica 3-1 in the quarter-final first-leg at Estadio da Luz.

The Reds brought back Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz to join Mohamed Salah in a front three while Ibrahima Konate got a rare start to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back ahead of Joel Matip.

Liverpool had the perfect start after Konate opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a powerful free header into the bottom corner after a delivery by Andrew Robertson.

Mane doubled the lead for Jurgen Klopp's charges ten minutes before the halftime break with a tap-in from a headed pass by Diaz.

Benfica pulled a goal back early in the first stanza after Konate completely missed his clearance after a cross by Rafa Silva, which allowed Darwin Nunez to fire a strike past goalkeeper Alisson.

However, Diaz sealed the deal for Liverpool in the dying minutes with a strike into an empty net from a tight angle after he rounded shot-stopper Odysseas Vlachodimos from Keita's through ball.

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