The return of Kings Real Madrid stuns Manchester City to enter the Champions League final

Karim Benzema scored a penalty for extra time as Real Madrid made another incredible comeback in the Champions League and beat Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday and booked a showdown with Liverpool in the final. The city looked sure to pass when Riyad Mahrez brought them to a 1-0 and 5-3 lead in the overall standings, but Rodrygo scored an incredible late double as a replacement, and his goals in the 90th and 91st minutes led to extra time.

With the City still shaking, Real Madrid dealt a knockout blow as Benzema earned and then turned into a point kick and achieved an overall 6-5 victory, with another extraordinary comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu added to the club’s long list of magical Europeans. nights.

This season Madrid have already carried out the most incredible bailouts to defeat Paris Saint-Germain in the final and Chelsea in the quarter-finals, but, given the stakes and how close they were to defeat, this one against Manchester City was certainly the most dramatic.

Like PSG and Chelsea before them, City will wonder how they came out as losers from a game they largely controlled, and coach Pep Guardiola will be re-examined, who, despite his success, has not led City for another year. European fame is so eager.

The City’s collapse would have been almost inexplicable had it been against anyone but Real Madrid, who made it to their 17th final of the competition. They are a win against Liverpool far from lifting the 14th European Cup.

“Another magical night from the Kings of Europe,” read a banner flipped across the stands at one end before the start, but in most normal times this match failed to experience a seven-goal thriller at Etihad Stadium last week.

Real Madrid were more intrusive at first, and Benzema got a few tough opportunities that only he, in his current form, could have expected to turn. Instead, he went and fired high.

Between, Luka Modric and Rodri clashed around a Casemiro challenge, and then City stepped forward, squeezing Madrid into mistakes like Kevin De Bruyne hit Thibaut Courtois from a distance before the goalkeeper had to react smartly to save from Bernardo Silva.

Real Madrid survived and then improved before the break, Modric caused a roar of satisfaction when he overtook De Bruyne and broke the counter.

Probably their best chance came within seconds of restarting Dani Carvajal found space down right but Vinicius Junior shot past the back tripod.

City was on the back foot as Modric opened up space in the penalty area, but a bad touch made his goal more difficult. Slovenly Kyle Walker The dog released Casemir, but the weaving Vinicius was unable to find his way.

– Mahrez strikes –

Walker’s injury tested Madrid’s momentum and when the game regained its rhythm, City struck, Ilkay GundoganHe crossed the midfield of Madrid and found Silva, who danced to the edge of the penalty area.

Silva was ready to hit, but instead scored the ball straight to Mahrez, who smashed it hard, early and next to Courtois.

Modric left and it seemed that some of Madrid’s beliefs had gone with the Croat.

Jack Grealishas a substitute, he could have made two for City, but somehow Ferland Mendy knocked the line out, before another Grealish shot went past the goal.

It was insignificant because Madrid looked dead and buried, but somehow, out of nowhere, they found their way back.

It was the 90th minute when Benzema softened the ball brilliantly to get Rodrygo to play on a closer post, and the cheering for the goal was just a little louder than for the speaker who then said there would be six minutes of added time.

Madrid only needed one because City, so compact and calm for so long, suddenly stretched out and all it took was for Carvajal to swing into the penalty area, where little Rodrygo entered.

When the game resumed, Madrid came out stronger and had a penalty for four minutes, and Benzema rolled over on a tired leg Ruben Dias before ignoring City’s attempts to distract by striking the corner.

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The city pushed like Fernandinho he came only briefly on the back post when Courtois parried. Diaz’s late shot into the frame harmlessly floated into Courtois’ hands, and City’s last attempt failed.

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