Benzema equals Ronaldo’s record, Real Madrid and Liverpool’s historic first

What an amazing round of UEFA Champions League semi-finals – Real Madrid produced the return of everyone’s mother, scoring twice in overtime to equalize before Karim Benzema sealed things in overtime, beating Manchester City 6-5 aggregate.

Liverpool survived a great fear of Villarreal in the return leg and triumphed with a total score of 5-2, thus fairly repeating the 2018 UEFA Champions League final to be held on 28 May at the Stade de France in Paris. By The Numbers has the best statistics from the games:

By The Numbers has the best statistics of all the amazing actions:


Real Madrid against Liverpool is the only match to have taken place in the 3 finals of the European Cup (Liverpool beat Real Madrid 1-0 in 1981; Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in 2018).

Liverpool are one of only three teams in history to beat Real Madrid in the European Cup final and the last to do so (1981, also in Paris). 1 Real Madrid is the first team in Champions League history to reach the final despite losing in three games in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals.


Karim Benzema has scored in 5 consecutive games in the UCL knockout phase, tying with Edin Jack for the 2nd longest streak in the last 12 seasons. Cristiano Ronaldo holds the record, scoring in six consecutive knockout matches for Real Madrid in 2012-2013.


Karim Benzema has scored seven goals in the UEFA Champions League against English teams this season; most players in one campaign in the history of the competition. Looking ahead to the final against Liverpool, Benzema have scored four in their last five games against the Reds.


Real Madrid extended their record with their 17th appearance in the European Cup final (AC Milan, Bayern Munich are next with 11, Liverpool will have their 10th appearance). This is also their 8th final in the UCL era, from 1992-93.


This is the first time that Real Madrid has come from behind and won the semi-finals of the European Cup after losing in the first game, at home or away. They were knocked out on all eight previous occasions on Wednesday.


Rodrygo is the first player in UCL history to score in consecutive minutes of a semi-final or final match.


Carlo Ancelotti advanced to his 5th UEFA Champions League final (2003, 2005, 2007 with AC Milan; 2014, 2022 with Real Madrid), breaking the tie for the most head coach in European Cup history.

Jurgen Klopp, Sir Alex Ferguson, Marcelo Lippi and Miguel Munoz are tied in 4 final appearances.


Pep Guardiola joins Jose Mourinho as the coach who has been knocked out the most times in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.


Karim Benzema is now just one goal behind Raul’s 323 goals for Real Madrid, second on the club’s all-time top scorer list. He will have a fair way to beat the first one, and that is Cristiano Ronaldo with 450 (* 451 according to Real Madrid).


Villarreal have been eliminated in both of their UCL semi-final appearances by English clubs (also in 2005-06 against Arsenal)


Liverpool are the first English team to reach the 5 finals in the UCL era (1992-93)


Liverpool became the first English club to reach the finals of the European Cup / Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season


Liverpool have scored 139 goals in 57 games in all competitions of the 2021-22 season, the highest ever in a single season in club history.

(Courtesy of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group)


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