Manchester City, who lost to Chelsea in last year’s All-English final, looked set to rise to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a goal in the 73rd minute by Riyad Mahrez. But the leaders of the English league allowed the victory to pass through their fingers at the time of the injury at the end. Rodrygo pushed Real into extra time with a double in just two minutes (90 ‘, 90’ + 1). There Benzema finally returned the penalty that belonged to him after a foul against him (95th).
A few days after securing the 35th title of the Spanish championship, Benzema made Madrid celebrate again with his 43rd goal in the 43rd competitive match of the season. For the 35-year-old, it was the 15th goal in the “premier class” and the tenth in the current phase with direct elimination. One of the first to give his congratulations was David Alaba, who could not play due to injury but shivered with his colleagues on the bench. “It was unbelievable, the words fail me. It was unbelievable what the team did.” I was more nervous than I had played myself, “said the Viennese.
On May 28, just outside the French capital, there will be a clash between Liverpool, who eliminated Villareal on Tuesday, and Real. The Madrilenians are in the final for the first time since 2018, but the 17th in total and aim for their 14th title. In the third final in the last five years, Liverpool have aimed for a seventh title and also revenge for the final lost in 2018. At the time, the Reds had to concede defeat to Royal in Kiev by 1 : 3.
Man City is on its way to the finals for a long time
Due to the loss in the first match, Real was forced to do more on the offensive in the semi-finals and found their way into the game strongly. Ironically, Benzema, who was so accurate recently, had not correctly placed a header (4) and a shot from twelve yards (12). In addition, Vinicius Junior also missed the goal (18). With the passage of the first half, the English were able to improve and the opening goal was in the air. Thibaut Courtois made a save when Bernardo Silva hit the post (20 ‘). Gabriel Jesus (23 ‘) shot out and Phil Foden (40’) also lost the Real goalkeeper.
However, the beginning of the second half clearly belonged to the Spaniards, who almost did not start the dream. The home team quickly combined from the game, but Vinicius Junior was unable to turn a Carvajal cross. A shot by Luka Modric was just blocked (52 ‘). Missed opportunities took revenge at the moment. Bernardo Silva played against Mahrez, who scored the nearest corner. Courtois had speculated for a corner kick and was unable to reach the ball.
“Joker” Rodrygo stabs
Substitute Jack Grealish should have closed the bag, but his shot went just wide of the line by Ferland Mendy, and another went just wide of the far post (87 ‘). This made possible the turn of the natives. A pass from Camavinga sent Benzema straight to the center, where Rodyrgo completed it. Less than two minutes later, the 21-year-old Brazilian hit his head after a Carvajal cross. Ederson was able to prevent a triple set by the attacking player (93 ‘).
Rodrygo was also included in 3: 1. After his move to the backfield, Ruben Dias came too late in the duel with Benzema in the penalty area. The star striker did not miss the opportunity to execute a penalty. Courtois blocked a penalty from a shot by Foden, Fernandinho’s shot went wide (105 ‘). Alaba was not used due to problems with the adhesive, but then cheered widely with his colleagues on the field. It was easy to overcome the fact that he could not play in a CL semifinal for the 13th time against Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem.
“You can not believe it, but you can not be surprised. I kept emphasizing what we are capable of, we showed that this season we never let ourselves worry. What the team did, how they came back, this is mentally ill “, said Alaba, referring to the returns, for example in 1/16 against Paris Saint-Germain:” I think we have a character in the team that is very special . , we have shown this many times this year. “
Champions League, the second semifinal match
Real Madrid – Manchester City 3: 1 aet (2: 1/0: 0)
Madrid, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, 60,000, SR Orsato (ITA)
0-1 Mahrez (73 ‘)
1-1 Rodrygo (90 ‘)
2-1 Rodrygo (90 + 1)
3-1 Benzema (95 ‘/ penalty)
Real: Courtois – Carvajal, Eder Militao (115 / Vallejo), Nacho, Mendy – Kroos (68 / Rodrygo), Casemiro (75 / Asensio), Modric (75 / Camavinga) – Valverde, Benzema (104 / Ceballos), Vinicius Junior (11th / Vazquez)
Manchester City: Ederson – Walker (72 ‘/ Zinchenko), Dias, Laporte, Cancelo – Bernardo Silva, Rodri (99’ / Sterling), De Bruyne (72 ‘/ Gündogan) – Mahrez (85’ / Fernandinho), Gabriel Jesus (78 ‘/ Grealish), Foden
Yellow cards: Modric, Carvajal, Eder Militao, Valverde and Laporte, Sterling, Zinchenko
Best: Vinicius Junior, Modric, Rodrygo and Laporte, Bernardo Silva
First match: 3-4 – Real Madrid with the overall score 6-5 in the final on May 28 in Paris against Liverpool.