Rodrygo was the star of the show for Real Madrid against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. Karim Benzema scored an extra-time penalty as Real Madrid made another astonishing comeback in the Champions League to stun Manchester City 3-1 and book a clash with Liverpool in the final.
City looked certain to go through as Riyad Mahrez put them 1-0 and 5-3 ahead, but Rodrygo, as a substitute, scored an incredible late double, his goals in the 90th and 91st minutes sending the equalizing goal into extra time.
While City were still reeling, Real Madrid took the knockout blow as Benzema earned and then converted a spot kick to take a 6-5 overall win, with another notable fight at the Santiago Bernabeu that was added to the club’s long list of magical European clubs. nights.
An injury to City right-back Kyle Walker put a brake on Madrid’s momentum and when the game found its rhythm again, the visitors struck, Ilkay Gundogan’s pass cut through Madrid’s midfield and found Silva, who danced to the edge of the penalty area.
Silva formed to shoot, but instead clamped the ball straight to Mahrez, who crushed the ball hard, early and past Courtois.
It felt insignificant because Madrid looked dead and buried, but somehow, out of nowhere, they found a way back.
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It was the 90th minute when Benzema brilliantly muffled a ball for Rodrygo to get to the nearest post and the cheers for the goal were only a little louder than for the stadium announcer who said there would be six minutes of extra time.
Madrid only needed one as Carvajal swung a cross into the penalty area, where little Rodrygo headed in.
When play resumed Madrid emerged stronger and four minutes later they were awarded a penalty. Benzema tumbled over Ruben Dias’ tired, lunging leg before ignoring City’s attempts at distraction by rolling the dot into the corner.
City pushed as Fernandinho narrowly missed the back post when Courtois parried away. A late tap by Dias in the penalty area floated harmlessly into Courtois’s hands, with City’s last attempt coming to nothing.
With inputs from AFP
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