LONDON: Manchester City prepared in style for their latest confrontation with Jurgen Klopp & Co by registering a 10th successive victory in the Champions League. FC Kobenhavn were easily dismissed 3-1 and 6-2 on aggregate with yet another goal for the insatiable Erling Haaland.

City thus remain on track to repeat last season’s treble with more Wembley coronations beckoning: the FA Cup Final is on May 25 and the Champions League Final on June 1.

The night’s other tie saw Real Madrid sneak through 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 home draw against RB Leipzig.

City manager Pep Guardiola, with one eye on Sunday’s important Premier League visit to Liverpool, dropped seven of his likely team to the substitutes’ bench. But one of the four survivors was Haaland who is still trying to regain his sharpest form after injury.

Haaland had said on the eve of the match that he is happy at City but could not promise that he would stay in Manchester for all his career. Hence City are determined to score as many goals, win as many matches and carry off as many trophies while they have him leading their attack.

City are in the knockout stages of the Champions League for an 11th successive season. They kicked off with the foundation of a 3:1 lead from the first leg in which Haaland had failed to score against a Danish club with whom he had an unsuccessful trial in 2016.

They needed only five minutes to extend their lead with Manuel Akanji converting a corner from Julian Alvarez. Four more minutes and Alvarez had scored himself. The Argentinian’s angled shot from the left bounced off the upraised hands of Wolfsburg-bound goalkeeper Kamil Grabara and on into the net.

City dominated possession. They spent almost five minutes without allowing their opponents a touch of the ball. However Kobenhavn’s flag-waving fans maintained a noisy cacophony and their team responded to the volume by punishing City’s complacency. Former Southampton forward Mohamed Elyounoussi surprised Ederson after taking a return pass from Orri Oskarsson.

The Danish champions failed to keep City within reach, slipping 3:1 behind seconds before the interval. Rodri powered forward out of midfield to provide Haaland with his 29th goal of the season.

Haaland’s goal was his 41st in the Champions League, matching the total of old City hero Sergio Aguero. The difference was that Haaland had needed only 37 appearances while Aguero took 79. His anticipated reward of an early exit was denied, however, when Matheus Nunes was injured and had to be substituted instead.

Real Madrid through

Real Madrid withstood an onslaught from RB Leipzig to secure a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie to reach the quarter-finals 2-1 on aggregate.

RB Leipzig were arguably the better side and missed several gilt-edged chances. But Real Madrid increased the tempo in the second half and ultimately did enough to secure qualification for the next round despite several chances missed by their opponents.

Bidding for a record-extending 15th Champions League title, Real took the lead thanks to a Vinicius Jr strike from a counter attack in the 65th minute.

But Leipzig’s Willi Orban levelled the score three minutes later with a header to set up a tense final few minutes that included a strike that hit the crossbar by Dani Olmo.

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