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Two Purpose Hero Rodrigo breaks Manchester City’s hearts in damage time to take the tie to extra-time
Karim Benzema’s penalty takes Real Madrid to Paris in a surprising comeback victory
Because the clock moved into the ninetieth minute right here within the Bernabeu stadium, some individuals thought it was throughout. Manchester City had been two objectives to the nice on combination courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez strike, and passing the ball round with authority, a home dust-up with rivals Liverpool who had secured their spot within the Champions League remaining courtesy of a win on Spanish soil the earlier night inside touching distance.
However this Real Madrid beneath Carlo Ancelotti in his second spell within the Castilian sizzling seat by no means know when they’re overwhelmed, and ripped up the script to spoil the City get together. Brazillian winger Rodrygo, a late substitute for Toni Kroos, caught out a leg within the ninetieth minute to divert the ball previous Ederson from a Benzema effort to present Real Madrid the slimmest of hopes. That hope turned to joyous disbelief amongst Madridistas 90 seconds later when a cross from Danny Carvajal was headed purpose wards by Marco Asensio and flashed onto the top of Rodrygo who glanced the ball excessive into the Manchester City web with Ederson rooted to the spot.
Cue bedlam amongst the house assist and the Madrid bench.
5-5 and additional time.
City gamers wandered again to the midway line in shock, some holding their heads, others wanting spent.
However worse was to come back for Pep Guardiola’s males within the first half of damage time. With Madrid attacking and all of the momentum behind them, Ruben Diaz upended Benzema within the field and the Italian referee, Daniele Orsato had no hesitation, penalty to Madrid.
Benzema picked himself up off the deck and positioned the ball on the spot. There he was met by Ederson, eyeball to eyeball, as the 2 continued the thoughts video games set off by Benzema’s outrageous Panenka penalty within the first leg on the Etihad.
Once more Karim Benzema had the higher hand, cooly sending the City keeper the flawed approach as he stroked the ball into the underside right-hand nook.
6-5 to Madrid
City had been gone. Unable to clear their heads from what had simply occurred. Real Madrid backed by their delirious assist and the substituted Benzema, Vinicius Junior, and Marcello urging and cajoling from the sidelines, cheering each deal with, each cross, kicking each ball, stood agency within the remaining half of additional time to supply one of many nice comebacks of European soccer – an unimaginable efficiency, extraordinary, thrilling, filled with character, guts and never-say-die – that can reside lengthy within the reminiscence.
On the remaining whistle, City gamers had been in tears, in stark distinction to the Real Madrid group who jubilantly celebrated with their followers, and rightly so. They’d earned their ticket to the ultimate with world-class dedication and perception proper to the tip.
17 years after Carlo Ancelotti took his Milan facet to face Liverpool in what turned the basic, ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ European cup remaining, the veteran Italian supervisor has one other likelihood to beat the reds as he takes his Madrid facet to the French capital to pit his Spanish champions towards the ‘mentality monsters’ of Merseyside in what guarantees to be a mouth-watering contest between the highest two groups of European soccer in Paris
There can certainly solely be one winner: football.