Real Madrid invade Manchester to face Manchester City in a UEFA Champions League Semifinal match that will stream live as the local team makes its first-ever appearance in the semifinals of the top European club competition — where they will be faced with the task of stopping a team that has been there 26 times already, and gone on to win the whole tournament another 10.
The game also marks a return to Manchester for global superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who played 196 games for City crosstown rival Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner is expected to play in the match even after some questions about his fitness. The same holds true for the often-injured Welsh star Gareth Bale, who should be ready for selection on Tuesday, giving Real Madrid its strongest possible starting XI — and presenting Manchester City with what appears, on paper at least, as an almost impossible task as they push to continue what has been their most successful UEFA Champions League run ever.
Bale starred for Barclay’s Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur when Spurs made their most recent Champions League appearance in the 2010-2011 campaign, a run that saw Bale and Tottenham advance all the way to the quarterfinals where they met their reckoning at the hands of — who else? — Real Madrid.
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But Bale transferred from Tottenham to Real Madrid in 2013 for a world-record fee of £85 million — more than $124 million in United States cash — and went on to win the UEFA Champions League in his first season with the iconic Spanish team. Real Madrid were then eliminated in the semifinals last year.
Tuesday’s match against Manchester City at the Etihad will be Bale’s first competitive game back in England since his move from Tottenham Hotspur to Madrid.
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Kickoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. at Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, on Tuesday, April 26. For fans in the United States, the live stream will get underway at 2:45 p.m. Eastern Time, 11:45 a.m. Pacific.
Real Madrid have experienced what, by their standards, has been a disappointing season, now sitting third on the La Liga table, one point behind both leaders Barcelona and second place — on goal difference — Atletico Madrid.
Manchester City have also underperformed in the Premier League, in third place but tied for fourth on points with Arsenal. With three league games left, City remains in danger of falling out of the top four and losing out on next year’s UEFA Champions League.
But the team is nonetheless riding a high due to its best-ever Champions League performance.
“The whole squad has been positive and it has lifted us in the Premier League,” said Captain Vincent Kompany.
“It has given us something important to look forward to. If you are not hungry tomorrow, you never will be.”
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Will Manchester City be the team to stop the Spanish giants’ charge to their 11th UEFA Champions League title, with a win in the first leg of their 2015-2016 Champions League semifinal? Or will Los Blancos once again stifle the City hopes, sending the final Premier League side to survive this far to elimination from its first-ever Champions League semifinal appearance? To find out, watch the Manchester City vs. Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Semifinal first leg match live online from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link or paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go available at this link. To watch the game on mobile devices, download the Fox Sports Go app.
A Spanish-language stream of the Manchester City vs. Real Madrid match is available to watch live online via WatchESPN at this link.
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