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The ‘King of Europe‘ Real Madrid will take on Liverpool in the coveted Champions League final after beating Manchester City in one of the greatest games in Champions League history.
The raw facts are as follows: Madrid went 6-5 on Thursday (AEST) thanks to a 3-1 win at the surging Bernabeu in the Spanish capital.
But it’s hard to believe how they got there, as they struggled on the canvas when Rodrigo scored in the 90th and 91st minutes to equalize and force extra time.
And who else did well but Karim Benzema, the best striker in the world, with a cool 95th-minute penalty that sent Madrid into the promised land of the Paris final on May 29. It was the 43rd goal of the French team’s 43rd game of the season.
“From the abyss of despair to the height of ecstasy, Real Madrid,” legendary commentator Martin Taylor told Stan Sports.
“It’s going to go down in the history books every season of the European elite. You can’t say goodbye to them. Paris Saint-Germain can’t, Chelsea can’t, and now Manchester City.
“You only get that feeling in football. Incredible drama.”
Manchester City will inevitably go to the All England final after Riyad Mahrez’s trusty left foot provided a two-goal cushion for Guardiola’s superclub in the second half.
Mahrez’s left foot does it again. Madrid’s 62-year-old Italian coach wreaked havoc on both goals by leaving late before bringing on Brazilian super-sub Rodrigo.
Ancelotti will now be the first manager to appear in five Champions League finals.
“I think I’m in a parallel universe,” Bernabeu’s Marc Pogach said of the Stan Sports report.
“Absolutely ridiculous,” added Mark Rushden. “It’s ridiculous, it just came out of nowhere.”
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnic says Madrid is a team of destiny.
Spanish football expert Semla Hunter joins the team to talk about Real Madrid’s 35th La Liga title. Carlo Ancelotti is the first coach to win a league title from five major leagues and the second leg of the Champions League semi-final.
“We’re ready for an autopsy,” Bosnic said. “You have to wonder if Real Madrid’s name is on the trophy?”
Madrid beat Liverpool in the 2018 final as the Spanish powerhouse clinched a record 13th title. Thursday’s result ended City’s quest for their first Champions League trophy.
Ferland Mendy saved Madrid from a second conceded goal just minutes before Rodrigo’s first goal. Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blocked Grealish’s shot with the sole of his boot moments later.
Madrid then carried all the momentum into extra time. “It’s incredible,” Courtois said. “We still believe… a target comes and rumbles!”
Benzema’s penalty was his 15th Champions League goal of the season. Benzema scored hat-tricks against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea in Madrid.
The competition’s top scorer scored his 10th goal in the knockout stages alone, tying Cristiano Ronaldo’s single-season record.
“I can’t say we’re used to that kind of life, but what happened tonight was against Chelsea and against Paris,” Ancelotti said.
“If you have to say why, when we seem to have left, the history of this club can help us move on.”
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah announced the final on Twitter: “We have a score to settle.”
Real Madrid made another epic comeback by beating Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final. Real Madrid boss Ancelotti says the Spanish capital club’s history has helped them win three consecutive Champions League titles this season.
Real Madrid successfully advanced to the Champions League final in extra time after the second game of the Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu in the early hours of Thursday (May 5, 2022).
Real Madrid fell behind after a goal from Riyad Mahrez at the Bernabeu in the first-leg 3-4 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
With two goals down, Real pressed on until Rodrigo Gos became the Blancos hero with two goals at the end of the second half to make it 5-5 on aggregate and the game went into extra time.
Karim Benzema scored another goal for Real Madrid in extra time. The Blancos also qualified for the Champions League final after a 6-5 aggregate lead.
Real Madrid’s incredible comeback against Manchester City in the Champions League semi-final was not their first this season. Los Blancos have also previously hampered Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea in the round of 16 and quarter-finals.
Carlo Ancelotti also admitted this. The Italian boss also stressed that Real Madrid was able to regain its footing and turn the corner thanks to the history of the great club in the Spanish capital.
“I can’t say we’re used to it, but what happened tonight was against Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain. If you ask why, it’s the history of the club that helped us move on when we left,” Ancelotti said. told BT Sport.
Real Madrid only scored in the 90th minute after Rodrigo Gos put Karim Benzema’s shot into the Manchester City backline to make it 1-1 but overall still One goal behind.
Rodrigo then scored his second goal in stoppage time, his header knocking down Ederson and scoring twice within two minutes. The goal forced the game into overtime.
Carlo Ancelotti also said momentum was the key to the game. Real Madrid’s attempt to use the last remaining energy to attack Manchester City proved successful, so it was a psychological advantage to take the lead for the remainder of the time.
Ancelotti said: “The game was almost over and our energy was exhausted. We played well against strong opponents. When we equalised, we had a psychological advantage going into extra time.”
“I don’t have time to think about us. It was a difficult game because City took control, but our last chance was to save the game in extra time,” the Italian coach continued.
Successful qualification to the Champions League final means Real Madrid will take on Liverpool in the final at the Stade de France in Paris in the early hours of May 29, 2022.
The clash with Liverpool will be a repeat of the 2017/2018 Champions League final, when Real Madrid won 3-1.
Carlo Ancelotti also stressed that the game against Liverpool will be excellent.
“I’m really happy to be in the final and face another big opponent in Paris. We’re used to it. It’s going to be a great game in world football.”
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