Kings return to Real Madrid stun Manchester City to reach Champions League final
Karim Benzema scored a penalty in extra time as Real Madrid made another incredible comeback in the Champions League to beat Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday and book Liverpool in the final. The city looks sure to pass when Riyad Mahrez gave them a 1-0 lead and 5-3 on aggregate but Rodrygo, coming on as a substitute, scored an incredible brace late in the game, his goals in the 90th and 91st minutes forcing the game to go. to extra time.
With Man City still reeling, Real Madrid knocked out the knock-out as Benzema earned and then converted a free-kick to win 6-5 on aggregate, with another notable fight. at the Santiago Bernabeu has been added to the club’s long list of magical European nights.
This season, Madrid have made the most unbelievable saves to beat both Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 and Chelsea in the quarter-finals, but, given the stakes and the near-defeat, This match against Manchester City is certain. most dramatic.
Like PSG and Chelsea before them, Man City will wonder how they emerged as losers from a game they largely control and there will be new scrutiny over manager Pep Guardiola, who, For all its success, it has gone another year without leading City to the European glory they so desperately crave.
City’s demise is almost inexplicable if it’s against anyone other than Real Madrid, who have reached their 17th final in the competition. It was a win over Liverpool to lift the 14th European Cup.
“Another magical night from the kings of Europe,” reads a banner hanging from the stands at one end before the game started but for most of the normal time the match was unsuccessful with seven goals won at Etihad Stadium last week.
Real Madrid were the more assertive team from the start, as Benzema was presented with a few difficult chances that only he, given his current form, could expect to convert. Instead, he takes the lead and shoots high.
Between, Luka Modric and Rodri conflict about a Casemiro challenge and then City stepped forward, forcing Madrid into mistakes like Kevin De Bruyne beaten Thibaut Courtois from long distance before the keeper has to react intelligently to block Bernardo Silva.
Real Madrid survived and then improved before the break, Modric causing screams of satisfaction as he outpaced De Bruyne for a close-range finish.
Perhaps their best chance comes within seconds of a reboot like Dani Carvajal found the space on the right but Vinicius Junior shot far in the back.
Man City sped up as space opened up for Modric in the box but poor touch made his finish difficult. Negligent Kyle Walker Casemiro’s pass was loose, but Vinicius was unable to find the way through.
– Mahrez strikes –
An injury to Walker tested Madrid’s momentum and as the game regained rhythm, Man City attacked, Ilkay GundoganMadrid’s pass cut through Madrid’s midfield and found Silva, who had jumped over the edge of the box.
Silva orientated to shoot but instead sent the ball to the right position of Mahrez, who cleared the ball hard, early and past Courtois.
Modric is gone and with the Croatian it seems to have gone some of Madrid’s faith.
Jack GrealishComing on as a substitute, he should have scored two goals for City but Ferland Mendy somehow managed to get the shot wide open, before another Grealish shot went over the bar.
It felt so petty because Madrid looked dead and buried but somehow, out of nowhere, they found their way back.
It was 90 minutes when Benzema cushioned the ball brilliantly for Rodrygo to hit a shot from the near corner and the cheers for the goal were only slightly louder than the stadium announcer at the time said there would be six more minutes. .
Madrid needed just one man when City, for so long so compact and placid, suddenly fell and all it took was Carvajal to hit a cross into the box, where tiny Rodrygo headed in.
As the game resumed, Madrid emerged stronger and in the 4th minute they were awarded a penalty, Benzema fell to the ground from his weary, wobbly leg. Ruben Dias before ignoring City’s attempts to distract by firing a shot into the far corner of the goal.
City push like Fernandinho appeared neatly in the post after Courtois made a save. A late Dias touch into the box was harmlessly reached by Courtois, City’s last effort futile.
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