Updates: 04.05.2022 23:57
Madrid – Real Madrid footballers have advanced to the Champions League final. Thanks to the famous conclusion, they turned the home semi-final revenge with Manchester City and won 3: 1 after extra time. In the first match in England, they lost 3: 4. The “White Ballet” will play for the trophy on May 28 in Paris with Liverpool, which was eliminated in the semifinals by another Spanish team, Villarreal.
At the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, Riyadh Mahriz opened the scoring in the 73rd minute, but Rodrygo’s substitution in the 90th and 91st minute turned the score around and sent the duel into overtime. In his introduction, Karim Benzema decided with a converted penalty.
The Madrid record holder of the elite competition, which he won thirteen times, awaits a repeat of the final of 2018, when he defeated Liverpool 3: 1 in Kiev. The cities will not get a chance to correct last year’s final defeat 0: 1 with Chelsea and they are still waiting for the premier triumph in the Champions League.
Real, who celebrated winning the Spanish title on Saturday, started with a great chance. However, Benzema headed over the crossbar in the fourth minute. The French gunner later missed his legs, as did his teammate Vinícius Júnior. The guests lined up in the 20th minute when Courtois struck Silva’s shot. The Belgian goalkeeper also managed with Foden’s attempt before the break.
Shortly after the change of sides, Vinícius missed the City goal again and the home team did not take advantage of several other obstacles in front of the goalkeeper Ederson, who was without intervention for a long time.
The English team opened the score in the 73rd minute. Mahriz ended the offensive action with a quick blow to the post after Silva’s pass. The best team scorer in LM scored the seventh goal of the year.
In the end, the guests reached the second and perhaps decisive goal, but Courtois caught Cancel and the substitute Grealish. Menda’s defender once represented him on the goal line.
At the very end, Real made a fantastic comeback. Rodrygo equalized from the first shot at the last minute after Benzem’s pass, and the Brazilian striker shortly afterwards added a second shot with his head after Carvajal’s center and Asensio’s light run.
The guests also entered the first part of the extension badly. Dias fouled Benze in the 16th and he converted the penalty. While in Manchester he flashed a “doll’s” arc, this time he ended up on the ground to the pole. The 34-year-old striker scored the 15th goal in the competition and confirmed his position as the best scorer.
The cities were still able to equalize, but Courtois scratched Foden’s head and overshot Fernandinho on the day of his 37th birthday in front of an empty net. Real defeated Guardiol’s selection after three defeats in a row and prepared the leader of the English league for the first outdoor competition loss after 14 matches.
Real Madrid – Manchester City 3: 1 after extra time (2: 1, 0: 0)
Goals: 90th and 90th +1 Rodrygo, 95th Benzema with pen. – 73. Mahriz. Judges: Orsato – Carbone, Giallatini – Irrati (video, all It.). ŽK: Modrič, Carvajal, Militao, Valverde – Laporte, Sterling, Zinčenko. Attendance: 59,000. First match: 3: 4, Real advanced.
Real: Courtois – Carvajal, Militao (115. Vallejo), Nacho, Mendy – Kroos (68. Rodrygo), Casemiro (75. Asensio), Modrič (75. Camavinga) – Valverde, Benzema (104. Ceballos), Vinícius Júnior (115. Vázquez). Coach: Ancelotti.
City: Ederson – Walker (72. Zinčenko), Dias, Laporte, Cancelo – Silva, Rodri (99. Sterling), De Bruyne (72. Gündogan) – Mahriz (85. Fernandinho), Jesus (78. Grealish), Foden. Trener: Guardiola.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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