Real Madrid stun Man City to reach UCL final
Posted on May 05, 2022
Real Madrid produced one of the greatest comebacks in the Champions League history to beat Man City and reach the final of the European competition.
Down 4-3 from their last week’s epic, Real faced certain elimination when Riyad Mahrez put City ahead in Bernabeu.
But Rodrygo struck twice after the 90-minute mark to send the game into extra time where a Benzema penalty sealed the 6-5 unlikely aggregate win for the hosts.
In sharp contrast to last week’s contest at home, City were largely happy to try to contain Madrid which gave the home side the confidence to start strongly.
Benzema, the competition’s top scorer this season, headed over from the center of the box just four minutes in before Vinicius Jr. missed his chance from six yards out after a free-kick routine to give hope to the home crowd.
Mahrez seemingly put the tie to rest when he fired an emphatic near-post finish past Thibaut Courtois following a flowing counter-attack.
City were inches from putting the result beyond doubt when Jack Grealish’s effort was cleared off the line by Ferland Mendy.
But Real, as so often have this season, found a way to get back into the game.
Rodrygo scored in the 90th minute with Real’s first effort on the goal.
Just a minute later the Brazilian added the second to tie the aggregate when he connected with a Carvajal cross.
It was the first time City had conceded two goals in consecutive minutes since Pep Guardiola took charge.
With the seismic momentum shift in the added time, Benzema was brought down by Ruben Dias and the Frenchman scored from the spot to send his team to Paris.
Real Madrid after beating the likes of Man City, Chelsea and PSG will be full of confidence ahead of their final against the high-flying juggernaut of Liverpool.
Mavericks look at downsizing, Suns at locking down shooters in Game 2
Dallas found late success with a smaller lineup in Game 1, while Phoenix is already preparing to counter it. Dallas seeks faster starts, while Phoenix wants to improve how it finishes once these teams meet again Wednesday in Game 2 (7:30 ET, TNT) of the Western Conference semifinals at Footprint Ce
Son stars in Premier League team of the week dominated by Man City
If Manchester City were under pressure to win on Saturday evening, they didn't show it as they eased to a 4-0 win at Leeds. The Premier League leaders dominate the team of the week with four players, while Newcastle, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Brighton and Aston Villa are also represente
Zach LaVine to explore free agency, open to re-signing with Bulls
Chicago's All-Star guard says he will experience his first free agency 'without making any fast decisions.' CHICAGO (AP) — Though he didn’t rule out re-signing with the Chicago Bulls, Zach LaVine didn’t slam the door on joining another team, either. The two-time All-Star played it coy. And with th