Bernardo Silva’s wonder strike against Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final clash was scored after the “best advantage ever”.
Manchester City secured a 4-3 win over Los Blancos in one of the games of the season. The penultimate goal of the first leg was scored by attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva, who rifled the ball into the top-left corner of the net in the 74th-minute, leaving a motionless Thibaut Courtois powerless to stop it.
But the spectacular goal was only scored thanks to decisive refereeing from matchday official Istvan Kovacs, who allowed play to continue when Oleksandr Zinchenko was brought down on the edge of the Real box. Rather than blowing his whistle, the referee’s advantage allowed Bernardo to pick up the ball and dribble into the penalty area, before putting City 4-2 up.
The referee’s advantage allowed Bernardo Silva to continue and score a worldy
City’s fourth was the best of the bunch, with Kevin De Bruyne’s header, Gabriel Jesus and Phil Foden making up the rest of their goals. Pep Guardiola’s side could have had a handful more, with Riyad Mahrez most notably missing golden chances to kill the tie off.
The home side were eventually punished by a spirited Real side, who were awarded a penalty in the dying embers thanks to Aymeric Laporte’s handball. Karim Benzema stepped up to coolly slot the