English clubs Man City, Liverpool take 1st-leg edge in Champions League quarter-finals

Manchester City defeats Atletico Madrid 1-0; Liverpool defeats Benfica 3-1

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal to give Manchester City a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday.

After a tight 70 minutes, City finally found its way through Atletico's tough rearguard helped by Phil Foden's vision. Just 79 seconds

We knew it was going to be pretty tough to create some opportunities," De Bruyne said. "The first half was tight,

but we didn't give anything away and in the second half had a couple of chances. It was good that we took one

In the night's other quarterfinal first leg, six-time European champion Liverpool won 3-1 at Benfica.

The first half was played at a slow tempo with City controlling most of the ball but, despite having all of its outfield players in the final third at times, being unable to create openings.

De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo both had efforts deflected wide and Aymeric Laporte missed the target with a header.