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Manchester City vs Real Madrid tickets already sold out for Champions League semifinal

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If you don't have a ticket to watch Manchester City's first semifinal appearance at Eithad Stadium, you'll have to watch it on TV.

The club announced that the stadium is already sold out almost a week before Tuesday's historic Champions League Final Four match against Real Madrid. The stadium's capacity is restricted for UEFA matches (it also can't be called the Etihad Stadium), but 53,000 fans are expected to attend the game.

The search for tickets in this particular case was so big that City's website crashed the day the sales started. The magnitude of the game, not only because of the opponent but also due to the importance of the occasion certainly calls for a full, bouncing stadium, and that is exactly what we're going to get next Tuesday.

But before opening its doors for the winningest club in European Cup history, the Citizens still have to host one more game at Eithad: a dangerous Stoke City side in what a has become key Premier League match this Saturday with top-four implications for the Sky Blues.