Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg 6-5)
Trailing Manchester City 5-3 on total with an hour and a half at work, Real Madrid proceeded to finish an exceptional rebound in additional time and arrive at their seventeenth European Cup final.
So frequently forced into a tight spot in this season’s UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the last in the wake of getting away from their most impenetrable spot of all to beat Manchester City 3-1 on the evening and 6-5 on aggregate.
Match in a word: Rodrygo turns the tie on its head
The city was strategically shrewd in keeping Madrid at arm’s length for a lot of this game, denying them even a solitary shot on track for 89 minutes. So when Riyad Mahrez’s first-time exertion beat Thibaut Courtois at his close to post, it seemed to be the seal on a staggering counterattack as well as the elastic stamp on an exemplary away execution and the definitive objective in the tie.
Though Jack Grealish two times went tortuously near pounding in the last nail with only three minutes left – Ferland Mendy and Courtois to Madrid’s salvage – few might have anticipated what was to follow.
First, with an hour and a half at work, Rodrygo beat Ederson to Karim Benzema’s reduction to give the hosts trust, yet time was still against them. Or then again so it appeared. One moment later, the substitute headed in Dani Carvajal’s cross to make it 5-5 on total – and, surprisingly, then, at that point, Ederson was expected to deny Rodrygo the unlikeliest of full go-arounds and force extra time.
Just five minutes into the primary time frame, Karim Benzema tidied himself down from a Rúben Dias foul to change over from the spot and complete a momentous circle back. Courtois was then close by to keep out Phil Foden’s header to guarantee no further twists.