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UCL: Spanish press hail Real Madrid despite being held to a draw by Man City

Spanish press have hailed Real Madrid's performance against Manchester City, despite being held to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The two sides will meet again next Wednesday at the Etihad to decide who reaches the Champions League final, after Vinicius Jnr’s excellent goal was cancelled out an equally impressive strike from Kevin De Bruyne last night.

Spanish outlets have set the scene for next week’s clash, with Marca describing it as the ‘final at the Etihad’ while AS Sport ran with the headline ‘see you in Manchester’.

While it wasn’t the perfect outcome for Carlo Ancelotti’s side to fail to take away a lead into the second-leg, Spanish press had a number of reasons to be optimistic following their performance.

There was praise for former Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, in how he kept Erling Haaland quiet.

The Norwegian striker who has scored 51 goals in all competitions, failed to make an impact – having one of his most quiet outings since he joined the club from Borussia Dortmund last summer.

AS Sport claimed that Rudiger ‘annulled’ Haaland while Marca also pointed out how the City striker was kept quiet by the German international.

Despite the stalemate, Marca also claimed that Ancelotti’s plan on the night was ‘more effective’ than that of his counterpart Pep Guardiola.

They wrote: ‘Vinicius scored with Real Madrid’s first shot when City dominated the most.

‘De Bruyne equalises at the best moment for Ancelotti’s side. The Italian’s plan is more effective than Guardiola’s.’

AS Sport meanwhile stated that ‘the Etihad will decide the finalist after an intense and even match at the Bernabeu.’

They also include a quote from Ancelotti who said: ‘The result does not reward us.’

Haaland was savaged by the foreign press in their match ratings following his performance last night.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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