Champions League: City tops Madrid 4-3 in breathless 1st leg

Champions League: City tops Madrid 4-3 in breathless 1st leg

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City just couldn’t shake off Real Madrid.In a wild Champions League match that resembled a basketball game at times, City beat Madrid 4-3 in the first leg of the semifinals but will leave Etihad Stadium wondering how the record 13-time champions were still in it. Ultimately, Karim Benzema’s cheeky ‘Panenka’ penalty in the 82nd minute saw Madrid escape with some hope of pulling off a comeback in next week’s second leg at Santiago Bernabeu. City, looking to reach the final for a second straight year, was 2-0 ahead after 11 minutes — through goals by Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus — and should have been further clear before Benzema steered in a volley off the post in the 33rd.