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Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City ( 6-5 Agg)

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Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City ( 6-5 Agg)

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Real Madrid is through to the Champions League final after producing one of the most dramatic comebacks in the competition’s history, defeating Manchester City 3-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate.

City was seemingly on their way to the final to face Liverpool after Riyad Mahrez had fired them in front with a stunning strike.

Rodrygo then turned the tie on its head in the 90th, first with a close-range finish to give Madrid hope.

He then rose highest in the box to plant a header away from Ederson to level the tie one minute later to send the contest into extra time.

Karim Benzema came to the fore to score the decisive goal by winning and then converting a penalty after being fouled by Ruben Dias.

City was unable to fire back, allowing Carlo Ancelotti and his team to progress to take on Liverpool in a rematch of the 2018 Champions League final.

Starting lineup:

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Nacho Fernandez, Ferland Mendy; Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema, Federico Valverde.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-3-3): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, Joao Cancelo; Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Phil Foden.

Goals:

0-1 CITY, The visitors take the lead on the night and a two-goal advantage in the tie courtesy of a super effort from Mahrez. Silva leads a break forward for City to the edge of the box before offloading to Mahrez in the inside-right channel. The winger connects first-time on his left foot, beating Courtois for pace and precision into the top-right corner.

1-1, Madrid has a glimmer of hope as Rodrygo converts at the near post. Benzema steers a cross from Camavinga towards the middle, and Rodrygo reacts ahead of Ederson to fire home.

2-1 ON THE NIGHT. Out of nowhere, Madrid is back in the game as Rodrygo dispatches a perfect header past Ederson. Carvajal delivers a precise cross from the right flank that Asensio flicks on, allowing the Brazilian to rise between Laporte and Dias to place his effort into the top-left corner. What a turnaround at the Bernabeu.

3-1 ON THE NIGHT, 6-5 ON AGGREGATE. Once again, in the Champions League, Benzema holds his nerve. The Frenchman dispatches his effort low and hard into the bottom-right corner to send the Bernabeu into raptures. What a comeback from the home side.

So, what’s next?

Real Madrid will be facing Atletico Madrid in LaLiga.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will be hosting Newcastle United in Premier League.

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