Turning crazy in the last few seconds
The miraculous return puts Real in the final
05/04/2022 11:37 PM
The first leg was great, the second leg is simply amazing at the end: Manchester City and Real Madrid present the legendary Champions League semi-finals. The English already look like some finalists, and then Real Madrid managed by a little miracle.
Real Madrid’s stars threw themselves on the field with overwhelming joy, Maestro Carlo Ancelotti wiping tears of joy from his eyes. After a last-minute frenzy, Real Madrid’s comeback kings made the dream final against Liverpool in the first division perfect. With a double in the last minute scored by Rodrygo and Karim Benzema from a golden penalty kick in extra time, the royal family beat the champions of England with the star coach Pep Guardiola in an exciting match 3-1 (2-1, 0-0) in the second leg. Uefa Champions League semi-finals Co bitter
This means that Real are in the final for the first time since 2018, and again on May 28 in Paris rivals Liverpool FC with coach Jurgen Klopp. And Man City, who won 4-3 in the first leg, must postpone their dream of winning the cup again.
Fightback 26 times
Toni Kroos of DAZN said, “It’s amazing, we’ve been out 26 times in the knockout stage and struggled 26 times. It’s sometimes hard to explain, including to me. That’s the belief, that’s the playing field, the combination is magical,” he added, “” We know the status of qualifying for the final. We’ve done that many times in the past.”
Rodrygo, who participated with Kroos twice (90 and 90 + 1), saved Real in extra time, which was no longer possible, as Benzema took the decision with a penalty kick (95th place). For the French, it was the 15th goal of the season. Man City thought they were already on their way to the final after Riyad Mahrez’s goal (73). Just like in 2018, there will be a duel with Liverpool. At that time, Madridistas won 3-1 in Kyiv thanks to a mistake by Loris Karius and won the title for the thirteenth time.
After the spectacular spectacle of goals in the first leg, the madness continued at the Santiago Bernabeu. As happened in the round of 16 against Paris Saint-Germain and in the quarter-final against Chelsea, Benzema and his companions turned around the match in which they thought they had lost. City suffered the same trauma as Bayern in their 2-1 draw with Man United with two late goals in the 1999 final.
This time the main actor was called Rodrigo. High quality football was also introduced. And it came to work emotionally, whether on the sidelines with Guardiola, who was acting more actively, or on the pitch, where Real Madrid star Luka Modric and City professional Aymeric Laporte had a concrete argument.
With the fans behind them, the Madridistas acted with much more pressure than they had a week ago, with fast winger Vinicius Jr causing major problems for the city’s defence. Guardiola’s team has not been able to raise the level of its dominant attacking game to the required level. This caused Kevin De Bruyne and his partners to be repeatedly unhappy on the field.
City had knockout chances
The big chances to score didn’t materialize in the first 45 minutes. Man City had a great chance through Bernardo Silva, but Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saved strongly (20). Kroos got the best chance for the hosts with a skewed free kick over the goal (27).
After the break, Real switched the pace. Vinicius Jr. had a great opportunity to take the lead a few seconds into the second half, and Modric’s shot was blocked shortly afterwards (52). But the English were allowed to celebrate – and Ilkay Gundogan played his part. Soon after his substitution, the midfielder launched an attack that Algeria international Mahrez completed from inside the right position, which is well worth watching.
Next, Jack Grealish had to clear everything up with two big chances. That should retaliate when Rodrygo makes the dramatic transformation. In extra time, Benzema was fouled by Ruben Dias, and the French quietly converted the ball.
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