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    Thursday, May 5, 2022

    Real Madrid Stages Comeback to Beat City, Reach Champions League Final

    So often backed into a corner in this season's UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid will play Liverpool in the final after escaping from their tightest spot of all to beat Manchester City 3-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggregate.

    Real Madrid came from behind to stun Manchester City on Wednesday to book a place in the Champions League final to meet Liverpool.

    Rodrygo struck two late goals to drag the match into extra-time and Karim Benzema scored a crucial penalty to give Madrid a 3-1 victory at home and 6-5 on aggregate.

    Madrid needed to score to cancel out City’s one-goal advantage coming into the match.

    An exciting first half ended goalless and it was the visitors that opened scoring on 73 minutes through Riyad Mahrez.

    Bernardo Silva fed the ball through to Mahrez, who picked up the pass inside the box and quickly sent it into the right side of the goal.

    Madrid made it 1-1 exactly 90 minutes.

    Karim Benzema showed great vision to find Rodrygo with a cheeky pass inside the box, and his first-time shot was precise and sailed into the left side of the goal.

    A minute later on added time, Rodrygo struck again to drag the game into extra-time.

    Marco Asensio connected with a delightful cross and headed it towards Rodrygo, whose header went past Ederson.

    Benzema scored from the penalty spot to end City’s Champions League dream.

    He won the battle of wills and sent an unstoppable penalty past Ederson into the bottom right corner.

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