A great final of the Champions League on May 28 at the Stade de France between Liverpool and Real Madrid. Beaten in the first leg (3-4), Real Madrid qualified for the final of the Champions League by overthrowing Manchester City (3-1 ap) this Wednesday. Eliminated until the 89th minute, the Merengue came back in the last minutes of this semi-final return.
Suddenly, the cathedral is on fire. A minute and a half of uncertainty before understanding: a perfect header from Rodrygo to bring the Casa Blanca back to level, and Manchester City, like PSG and Chelsea before them, is washed away. So much so that a whole crowd was pushing behind the home side, hoping to turn the tables before time ran out. But for the scenario to be remembered, a second consecutive overtime was needed, three weeks after torpedoing Chelsea. A rare occurrence on the continent’s biggest stage.
Beaten 3-4 in the first leg, the Casa Blanca was 0-1 down in the 89th minute of this semi-final second leg. But the Merengue turned everything around in the last moments of the second half. Before knocking out their opponents in extra time to join Liverpool in the final. Benzema scored the decisive goal in extra time.
While Mendy, on his line (87th), then Courtois, facing Grealish (88th), kept Real alive at the end of the game, his public believed it when Benzema delivered an offering to Rodrygo (1-1, 90th). And was ignited by a double of the Brazilian in the wake (2-1, 90th+1)! Incredible… Carried by their stadium and galvanized by the scenario, the Madrilenians finally got their qualification on a decisive goal of Benzema, still him, on a penalty that he had obtained (3-1, 95th). A new disillusionment for Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Manchester City will not play a second consecutive final. However, the Citizens were still leading 1-0 at the 90th minute. “We had the game under control and they started to play high with Asensio, Vinícius and Rodrygo. And they managed to score”, analyzed Pep Guardiola after this setback. Did the Spaniard see himself too quickly in the final? “I have experience, I knew we were not there. But we were close. They are capable of making history, I’ve said it before. And that’s it, we must congratulate them. Them and Liverpool.
Liverpool: Salah warns Real
Beaten by Real Madrid (3-1) in the final of the Champions League in 2018, Mohamed Salah (29 years, 12 games and 8 goals in LdC this season) is revengeful. The Liverpool winger had announced that he wanted to meet the Merengue in the final. So after the qualification of the Madrid club this Wednesday, the Egyptian launched a warning. “We have a score to settle,” wrote the Reds striker on Twitter. As a reminder, Salah, injured in the shoulder after a disputed contact with Sergio Ramos, had to leave the field in tears from the 31st minute of this previous final.
The Reds have calmed the Spanish revolt
Shaken and led by two goals at half-time, Liverpool totally reversed Villarreal (3-2) this Tuesday in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. Despite a big scare, the Reds validate their qualification for the final. Dominated and led by two goals at halftime, the English club found the resources to revolt and overthrow Villarreal (3-2) this Tuesday in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League. With the victory (2-0) acquired in the first leg, the Reds have validated their ticket for the Champions League final.