Real Madrid make the Champions League magic again while Manchester City quit considering the curse

MADRID - Pep Guardiola may have begun to believe that he will never win the Champions League with Manchester City.

Leading by two goals on aggregate against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeus

And just a short distance away from facing Liverpool in the final, City were caught in one of football's most unimaginable meltdowns and blew their chances of reaching a second consecutive final.

To actually win the competition which has become an obsession for the club, and Guardiola, goes on with another year to lay his hands on the trophy.

While Real and Liverpool go head-to-head at the Stade de France outside Paris, Guardiola may still be wondering how on earth his team can manage to lose this semi-final 6-5 on aggregate.

This season's knock-out stage has shown us that you should never write off Real, with Carlo Ancelotti's team reversing lost causes as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at the Bernabeu in the previous round.

But with 90 minutes on the clock and City took a two-goal lead

Riyad Mahrez's 73rd-minute goal had put them 1–0 on the night and were two goals clear on aggregate - Real's fortunes had certainly run out.

They were against City of Guardiola, perhaps the only team capable of stopping Liverpool's quadruple pursuit,

And the Premier League leaders were so convinced at the Bernabeu that goalkeeper Ederson spent 89 minutes largely as a spectator.

But what happened during the six-minute pause could haunt Guardiola and his ambitious club forever.