Champions League final: Real Madrid stunned Manchester City and booked a place in the Champions League final. It is against Liverpool, completing one of the all-time great European comebacks. On Wednesday, Carlo Ancelotti’s team won 3-1 after extra time at the Bernabeu. And sending them to Paris with a 6-5 aggregate victory in a semifinal that they have remembered for a long time. Also, Rodrygo scored a brace, and Karim Benzema scored a penalty, all of which came after the 90th minute. In the 90th minute, Madrid was down 1-0 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate. Madrid City appeared to be heading to their second consecutive Champions League final after Riyad Mahrez’s 73rd-minute strike. But, against Paris Saint-Germain, as stunning comebacks. Also, as Chelsea has already demonstrated in this season’s competition, Madrid should never be underestimated.
They’d saved their most spectacular feat until last. Rodrygo equalized the overall score after coming off the bench in the 90th and 91st minutes. Also, throw the Bernabeu crowd up and force the semifinal to extra time. After shaking City, Benzema won and converted a penalty in the first five minutes of spare time, giving Madrid a lead they would not surrender. Madrid will now face six-time champions, Liverpool, in the final at the Stade de France later this month. And they chase a record-extending 14th European Cup. No one is going to write them off.
Afterward, Casemiro of Real Madrid told Movistar Plus.
Champions League final: “Incredible,” Casemiro said. “There’s no greater feeling, no way to convey how difficult it was to get here.” “And The greatest is yet to come, as is the most important thing, but we must enjoy the present. We’ve reached the final, but the most challenging part is still to come.”
“This team’s great virtue is never giving up and battling until the last finish,” he added.
Compared to last week’s competition in Manchester, the semifinal’s second leg mainly was a cautious affair. Kyle Walker and Joao Cancelo’s defensive comeback have given Manchester City a lift. They were content to try to restrict a Madrid team that included Casemiro, the returning midfield enforcer. Nevertheless, spurred by a boisterous Bernabeu crowd. Madrid started strong in both halves and had chances to tie the game.
Champions League final: The competition’s highest scorer this season is Karim Benzema. Just four minutes into the game, the ball headed over from the center of the box. Then Vinicius Jr. missed an even better chance in the first few minutes of the second half. After a masterful kickoff performance, he gets his finale all wrong. Also, from six yards away, he had a clear view of the goal.
Madrid appeared to be on the receiving end of their wastefulness. Mahrez, who had squandered several great chances of his own only a week ago. Following a swift counterattack, and scored a spectacular near-post finish past Thibaut Courtois to take City to Paris. In the 15 minutes that followed, there was little to suggest Madrid had another dramatic comeback. The city was just inches away from putting the game out of reach. Ferland Mendy desperately cleared the ball off his goal line. After the substitute, Jack Grealish beat Courtois.
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Rodrygo’s first goal has set up by a Benzema pass that beat Ederson to the ball. It was also Madrid’s first goal-scoring opportunity of the evening. City conceded two goals in the 90th minute for the first time, thanks to a header from a Dani Carvajal pass. However, it was the first time they have allowed goals in successive minutes since Pep Guardiola took command. There appeared to be just one winner from that point on. And in the first minutes of extra time, Ruben Dias took down Benzema in the City penalty area, confirming that idea.
“We felt until the end that this team, this club, is capable of anything,” Courtois added. “Mendy made a crucial save on the line, as did I, and we tied the game at 1-1, then 2-1, and they were out. In extra time, we performed better. We needed to defend well, which we accomplished. Incredible.”
Lastly, with the final set, Caesars Sportsbook made Liverpool a (-195) favorite over Real Madrid (+155) in a game. It appeared improbable late in Wednesday’s semifinal. At Caesars Sportsbook, Real Madrid had given a 45-1 chance to fight back against Man City. And one bettor foresaw the incredible result. Just 15 seconds before Rodrygo’s first goal, Caesars acknowledged placing a $1,000 wager on Real Madrid to win the match in regulation. The bettor in Nevada won $45,000 on Rodrygo’s second goal, which gave Madrid a 2-1 lead at the end of regulation.
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