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26th Apr 2022

Real Madrid’s Marcelo was left devastated after walking on Man City badge

Daniel Brown

Marcelo Man City badge

It’s only a badge on the floor, lads

Real Madrid defender Marcelo was left devastated after realising he had stepped on a mosaic of Manchester City’s badge ahead of their Champions League semi-final at the Etihad on Tuesday.

The incident occurred just before Real Madrid took part in their final training session at the ground, with the Brazilian speaking to someone in the stands as he exited the tunnel.

As he walked onto the pitch, he walked over City’s crest on the ground – which is located next to the pitch.

Although the 33-year-old didn’t actually do anything wrong, his immediate reaction caught everyone’s attention. He was made aware of what he had done by a teammate and immediately put his head in his hands.

Not the first time, won’t be the last

It was not the first time that a player has made the effort to avoid walking on City’s crest, with Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez stopping Angel Correa and Rodrigo de Paul from walking on the badge ahead of their recent Champions league quarter-final with the Premier League club.

Last year, Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland also decided to walk around a mosaic of City’s logo on the floor close to the tunnel during their Champions League quarter-final clash last year.

City edge Madrid in seven-goal thriller

City opened the scoring through Kevin De Bruyne in the second minute, making Champions League history after his early strike became the quickest netted in a semi-final.

The opener beat the previous record set by Joshua Kimmich, who found the net in the third minute of Bayern Munich’s showdown own against Madrid in May 2018.

The home side made it 2-0 thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ strike in the 11th minute, before Madrid pulled a goal back in the 33rd minute courtesy of captain Benzema.

However, Pep Guardiola’s side restored their two-goal cushion when Phil Foden covered in the 53rd minute of the match.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men reacted well and made it 3-2 through Vini Jr, who burst past City substitute Fernandinho and slotted his strike past Ederson.

The Premier League league-leaders once again restored their two-goal lead when Bernardo Silva smashed home from the edge of the penalty area.

City appeared as though they would be able to see out the remainder of the game, until the away side were awarded a penalty following Aymeric Laporte’s handball.

Madrid’s talisman Benzema stepped up to take the spot-kick and produced a wonderful panenka penalty to make it 4-3.

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