Real Madrid will go in search of the Decimocuarta in Paris after overcoming Manchester City in a match they were losing in 89′ and which was decided in extra time. Rodrygo (2) and Benzema grabbed the goals.
The Kings of Europe have made it through to another Champions League final. On what was another incredible night of football at the Santiago Bernabéu, Real Madrid produced a stunning comeback against Manchester City. The Whites were losing 0-1 with 89 minutes on the clock, but out of nowhere this legendary team wrote another magical chapter in the club’s history books. Just when it seemed everything was lost, Rodrygo bagged a brace to force extra-time and Benzema converted a penalty to win the tie. On 28 May, Carlo Ancelotti’s men will look to clinch the club’s fourteenth European Cup against Liverpool in Paris.
The night of the great fightback began with a spectacular reception for the players as they arrived at the stadium and Ancelotti’s side took the game to the visitors in the opening stages of play. First, Benzema went close when he headed over in the 4th minute. City slowly began to get a foothold in the game and apply pressure on Courtois’ goal. On 15’, De Bruyne fired in a shot from distance, but the Belgian was on hand to catch the ball and five minutes later, the keeper did extremely well to deny Bernardo Silva from close range. Vini Jr. then volleyed over at the back post for the hosts.
The game was all but done, but Madrid never give in – especially at the Bernabéu and in the Champions League. As the 90th minute ticked around, Rodrygo levelled on the night from a Benzema assist. It was all about faith now, and one minute later, Carvajal whipped in a superb cross for Rodrygo to rise and head home and bring the tie all-square. The Brazilian even had the chance to make it three, but the game ultimately went to extra-time.
With the Bernabéu rocking, Madrid came out all guns blazing for the final spell. Their efforts wouldn’t take long to yield rewards, either, when Rúben Dias lunged in and gave away a penalty on Benzema. The competition’s leading marksman stepped up and duly converted from the spot to notch his fifteenth goal of the campaign so far. The hard work was done now but there was still a long way to go, as City continued to bear down on Courtois’ goal. The shot-stopper kept out a Foden header and Fernandinho just failed to turn the rebound home. There’s no getting to a Champions League final without a degree of suffering but now it’s time to enjoy it and focus on adding to the club’s legend in Paris.