Man City Knocked Out of Champions League By Real Madrid
Spanish giant, Real Madrid beats Manchester City 3-1 at the Bernabeu to advance to the final on a 6-5 aggregate score.
Rodrygo scored twice in added time to force extra-time, while Karim Benzema netted from the spot to give his side a spot in the final against Liverpool.
Leading 4-3 from a pulsating first leg, Pep Guardiola’s side appeared set for a second successive final appearance when Riyad Mahrez put them ahead in the 73rd minute at Santiago Bernabeu, but comeback kings Madrid sealed their place in Paris with a 6-5 aggregate triumph.
Substitute Rodrygo was their inspiration, as he became the first player to score twice in the 90th minute of a Champions League knockout match to force extra-time. And Benzema wrapped up a magnificent turnaround for Carlo Ancelotti’s LaLiga champions five minutes into extra-time.
Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris after Karim Benzema’s extra-time penalty completed a remarkable 3-1 comeback win over Manchester City.
Benzema does it again
Just like in the last 16 and quarter-finals, Benzema was the matchwinner for Madrid with his calm penalty settling the tie.
The skipper netted his 10th goal in this season’s Champions League knockout stages; becoming the first player to reach double figures in a single campaign since Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016-17.
He is also only the fourth player to score in both legs of the quarter-final and semi-final in this competition during the same season.
City, meanwhile, must now regroup and go again. They have four Premier League matches left, and Liverpool breathing down their neck for the Premier League crown.
Both teams return to action on Saturday. City look to respond as they resume their Premier League title charge against Newcastle United, while Los Blancos face Atletico Madrid in the derby.