UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg previews

UEFA Champions League preview as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City seek revenge against Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League ball
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The UEFA Champions League returns in midweek for the semi-final second legs.

Inter Milan will look to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League final for the first time since 2010 when they face fierce rivals AC Milan on Tuesday night.

The Nerazzurri lead 2-0 heading into the second leg thanks to goals from former Premier League duo Edin Dzeko and Henrikh Mkhitaryan last week.

It was Inter’s third victory between the sides this season in four meetings and they will head into the second leg full of confidence.

They continued their fine form with a 4-2 victory at home to Sassuolo on Saturday, seeing them climb to third in Serie A and make it seven straight wins in all competitions.

If AC Milan produce a remarkable comeback in Tuesday’s match, it will be their first final appearance since 2007, when they beat Liverpool 2-1 in Athens.

However, they are going into the match after a shock 2-0 defeat away to relegation-threatened Spezia, leaving them five points behind their city neighbours in fifth place.

The other semi-final between Manchester City and Real Madrid will take place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and is finely poised after a 1-1 first-leg draw.

Vinicius Junior put Los Blancos ahead with an excellent first-half strike before Kevin De Bruyne scored a stunner of his own to equalise.

Both sides won their respective league matches at the weekend, as Madrid beat Getafe 1-0 courtesy of Marco Asensio’s 70th-minute goal.


City moved a step closer to securing their third successive Premier League trophy win a 3-0 win against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Citizens will be seeking revenge in Tuesday’s match after losing out to Madrid during last year’s semi-final. City led 4-3 after the first leg at the Etihad, and Riyad Mahrez’s goal at the Bernabeu put them 5-3 up on aggregate.

But a dramatic late double from Rodrygo took the tie to extra-time, with Karim Benzema’s penalty completing an unbelievable comeback for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Madrid went on to beat Liverpool in the final and progression this year would give them the opportunity to lift the trophy for the 15th time.

Meanwhile, City are looking to win the competition for the first time in their history, after losing the 2021 final 1-0 against Premier League rivals Chelsea.