Champions League: Real snatch the final ticket for Manchester City

And it seemed that Manchester City, who lost to Chelsea in the final of England last year, ready to rise at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a goal in the 73rd minute from Riyad Mahrez. But the Premier League leaders let the win slip through their fingers in the final stoppage time. Rodrigo Real pushed into overtime with two goals in just two minutes (90′, 90’+1). There, Benzema finally converted the penalty that was due to him after a foul against him (95th place).

A few days after winning the 35th Spanish championship, Benzema made the Madrid team celebrate once again with his 43rd goal in the 43rd game of the season. For the 35-year-old, it was his 15th goal in the “First Division” and 10th in the current knockout stage. One of the first to offer congratulations was David Alaba, who was unable to play due to injury but shivered with his teammates on the bench. “It was unbelievable, words let me down. What the team did was unbelievable.” I was more nervous than if I played myself,” said the Viennese player.

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Benzema did not show any weakness in extra time and Real Madrid hit the final

On May 28, just outside the French capital, there will be a win between Liverpool, who eliminated Villarreal on Tuesday, and Real Madrid. The Madridists have reached the final for the first time since 2018, but they are 17th and aiming to win their 14th title. In the third final in the past five years, Liverpool set their sights on their seventh title as well as revenge for the lost final in 2018. At that time, the “Reds” had to admit defeat against the “Royal” in Kyiv with 1: 3.

Manchester City is on its way to the final for a long time

Due to the defeat in the first leg, Real Madrid had to put in more offensive effort in the semi-finals and found his way into the match with strength. Ironically, Benzema, who has been so accurate lately, has not properly set his sights on a header (4) and a shot from 12 meters (12th). In addition, Vinicius Jr. missed the goal (18). As the first half progressed, the English were able to improve and the opening goal was in the air. Thibaut Courtois saved when Bernardo Silva hit the near post (20). Gabriel Jesus (23) hit a long shot and Phil Foden (40) also missed the Real goalkeeper.

However, it is clear that the start of the second half belonged to the Spaniards, who almost started in a dream. The hosts gathered quickly from the end, but Vinicius Jr. was unable to convert Carvajal’s cross. Luka Modric’s shot was just saved (52). Missed opportunities are taking revenge right now. Bernardo Silva played on Mahrez, who completed the close corner kick. Courtois speculated with a shot into the far corner and was unable to reach the ball.

Joker stabs Rodrigo

Substitute Jack Grealish should have closed the sack, but his shot was cleared by Ferland Mendy just before the line, and another went past the far post (87′). Make this switch of hosts possible. Camavinga’s pass sent Benzema straight into the middle, where Rodergo completed. Less than two minutes later, the 21-year-old Brazilian took the lead with a header after a Carvajal cross. Ederson was only able to block a triple pack from the attacking player (93).

Rodrygo scores to make it 2-2

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Rodrygo (left) worked overtime at the Santiago Bernabéu with a header

Rodrygo was also involved in 3:1. After his pass into the backcourt, Ruben Dias came very late in Benzema’s duel in the penalty area. The star striker did not miss the opportunity to get a penalty kick. Courtois saved the penalty shootout from Foden’s shot, and Fernandinho made the penalty kick (105). Alaba was not used due to close-up problems, but then cheered loudly with his teammates on the field. It was easy to get over the fact that he couldn’t play in the CL semi-final for the 13th time against Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem.

“You can’t believe it, but you also can’t be surprised. I kept emphasizing what we are capable of, we showed that this season, we will never let ourselves be disturbed,” Alaba said, referring to the comeback, for example in the last 16 against Paris Saint-Germain. “I think we have a very special personality in the team, we’ve shown that many times this year.”

UEFA Champions League, semi-final second leg


Real Madrid-Manchester City 3:1 before that (2:1/0:0)

Madrid, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, 60 thousand reais, Orsato (Italy).

0-1 Mahrez (73 minutes)
1-1 Rodrigo (90′)
2-1 Rodrigo (90+1)
3-1 Benzema (95 minutes / penalty kick)

fact: Courtois – Carvajal, Eder Militao (115 / Vallejo), Nacho, Mendy – Kroos (68 / Rodrygo), Casemiro (75 / Asensio), Modric (75 / Camavinga) – Valverde, Benzema (104 / Ceballos), Vinicius Jr (ranked). 115). / Vasquez)

Manchester Ederson – Walker (72ft / Zinchenko), Dias, Laporte, Cancelo – Bernardo Silva, Rodri (99ft / Sterling), De Bruyne (72ft / Gundogan) – Mahrez (85ft / Fernandinho), Gabriel Jesus (78ft / Grealish), Foden

Yellow cards: Modric, Carvajal, Eder Militao, Valverde, Laporte, Sterling, Zinchenko.

Best: Vinicius Junior, Modric, Rodrygo and Laporte, Bernardo Silva

First leg 3-4- Real Madrid 6-5 on aggregate in the final match on May 28 in Paris against Liverpool

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