Real Madrid stun City to set up Champions League final date with

Thursday, May 5, 2022
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Real Madrid Stun Manchester City to Set Up Champions League Final Date With Real Madrid

In this article‚ we'll take a look at the key moments from Real Madrid's 2-1 victory over Manchester City. The 43rd goal from Benzema‚ Pep Guardiola's handshake with Real Madrid‚ and how Modric started. In the final‚ we'll look at the chances of the three-time champions. If Real Madrid lose their remaining games‚ Liverpool could overtake them and become the first English team to win the quadruple. After all‚ Madrid have won 13 European Cups‚ six more than any other team. This season‚ they were on the brink of elimination so many times.

Real Madrid stun Manchester City

A stout Manchester City defence held Real Madrid at arm's length for much of the first half‚ failing to register a single shot on target. But in the 89th minute‚ Riyad Mahrez's first-time effort beat Thibaut Courtois at his near post and sealed a devastating counterattack. Manchester City had clung to their title hopes‚ but City let Real back into the game with a ferocious second-half performance. Manchester City had a spirited response‚ but the visitors were unable to take full advantage of their two-goal lead. City had led 3-2 on aggregate at the end of the first leg‚ and Riyad Mahrez added a fourth in the dying minutes of the game. But Real Madrid didn't have to panic after conceding two goals‚ as the Algerian turned home a Karim Benzema left-wing cross. Then‚ 90 seconds later‚ Gabriel Jesus leveled the tie‚ heading home a header from a Dani Carvajal cross. After dominating the second leg‚ Madrid were unable to win the treble. Manchester City had a chance to complete a treble last season but a late Jack Grealish own goal was enough to send Real Madrid to their fifth European Cup final. However‚ they failed to make the breakthrough against the reigning champions‚ Chelsea. So‚ now their next task is to win the Premier League. With this result‚ Real Madrid have secured a date with Liverpool in the May 28 final in Paris. In 2018‚ they beat Liverpool in the final‚ 3-1‚ but have not won a title since. Real Madrid have come from behind three times in this season's Champions League knockout stage‚ and they look set to win the competition for a fifth time in nine years. Nevertheless‚ it is a tough task for Guardiola's men to get past Liverpool‚ who had worked so hard to stop them. In the previous rounds‚ Real Madrid had been outplayed by Chelsea. However‚ they had a deal with the footballing gods to reach the final. In the 73rd minute‚ Rodrygo cancelled out Mahrez's rocket and equalised. City had a chance to score the winning goal in extra time‚ but Benzema's penalty saved the day and sealed the result.

Benzema's 43rd goal in 43 games

Benzema's 44th goal in 43 games helped Real Madrid to a 2-1 victory over Manchester City in the semi-final. The striker has now scored 43 goals in 43 games for Real‚ including 15 in the Champions League this season. The 43rd goal was a penalty that Benzema converted himself. Real Madrid now have a one-year window to qualify for the Champions League final. The Argentine striker was awarded the penalty after the game ended level 5-5 on aggregate‚ with the score being 6-5. It took extra time‚ but Madrid looked sharper and hungry for a winner and Benzema's 43rd goal for the season put the game beyond doubt. Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the final. Benzema's 43rd goal in 43 games helped Real Madrid reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002. The Spaniard was the hero for Real Madrid in the game‚ but his stunning strike was no less impressive. After tucking home the penalty‚ he and Real Madrid completed a remarkable comeback. Benzema's 43rd goal in 43 games will go down as a major milestone in the team's history. After losing to Liverpool in the last final‚ Manchester City will be deprived of the chance to lift the Champions League trophy. The Spaniards have never beaten Manchester City in a final‚ but now they will have to wait until 2019 to see who will come out on top. This year‚ Real Madrid are just one point away from lifting their 13th Champions League trophy. Benzema's strike against Manchester City has also been crucial as the victory meant that Real Madrid are through to the final for the 17th time. The club have not lost a home game since the last final‚ which is another huge achievement. The French side‚ on the other hand‚ have a 2-1 advantage over Real Madrid in the semifinals. If the two sides meet in the final‚ Benzema will be the one to score the decisive penalty. After the semi-final tie‚ the Spanish club beat Manchester City 6-5 on aggregate‚ confirming their place in the Champions League final. Man City had twice scored in extra time to lead the tie‚ but Benzema's strike in the 95th minute sealed the game. The goal capped off a remarkable comeback that saw Real Madrid reach the final.

Pep Guardiola's handshake with Real Madrid

In a famous incident‚ at the 2014 Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich‚ Ronaldo approached Pep Guardiola. Guardiola stepped back and turned away from the Portuguese superstar‚ who then looked at Guardiola with disbelief. Ronaldo was the runner-up in the Ballon d'Or‚ coming in second behind Lionel Messi. Pep Guardiola's response was well documented and has since become a subject of debate. Guardiola's unfriendly look was an obvious sign of his displeasure with the match. Real were denied the La Liga title after Guardiola's departure‚ and the Barcelona coach vowed to give the Argentine a handshake after the game. The Argentine coach knows that the team has to win. Despite the apparent displeasure with the results‚ he isn't going to be doing any interviews with Real Madrid. Pep Guardiola's handshake with Jose Mourinho lasted a good 10 minutes. Mourinho was so slow to respond that Guardiola should have been waterboarded. Guardiola was more relaxed with Mourinho and his players‚ and his Argentinean counterpart appeared to be genuinely pleased with the handshake. Both managers should have shared the same respect for each other and continue to enjoy each other's company. Manchester City have been the better team on paper‚ but Pep Guardiola was still unhappy with the first leg's outcome. Although the Premier League leaders are confident they can get past Real Madrid‚ Guardiola is frustrated with the result. Guardiola's side had a dominant first half and could not have deservedly lost. It was a thrilling encounter with Real Madrid and Guardiola was elated‚ but frustrated with the way things went against his side.

Modric's start for Real Madrid

The Croatia international started the match in the right way‚ scoring his first goal for Real Madrid since Zidane's return. The Croatian received the Golden Foot award for his performance in the match. He also scored his 100th goal in a spectacular manner‚ as Real Madrid won the Spanish Supercopa despite going down to penalties. The Croatian was praised by Zidane following his start‚ as Hina reported. The Spanish giants made two changes from the first leg‚ with Casemiro starting in midfield. Nacho replaced David Alaba. Casemiro and Kyle Walker returned from injury. Jose Mourinho also made a return from suspension‚ replacing Oleksandr Zinchenko. Fernandinho‚ however‚ missed a golden opportunity to force a penalty shootout. Real Madrid are now in the final. After the loss of Walker to injury‚ Madrid had a chance to set up a third-leg final. However‚ it was City who struck the decisive goal after Modric's start. Silva found Rodrygo with a long pass and‚ on the rebound‚ he shaped to shoot. The strike forced extra-time‚ which led to the goal. The game finished 2-2‚ with the final goal coming from Mahrez's header. While Modric is a key player in Real Madrid's attacking midfield‚ there are many other players in the squad who can make or break a game. This is a team that must prove its mettle in the Champions League. The club must prove themselves to be the best in the world. If Real Madrid can get past Manchester City‚ they will be crowned champions in Europe and take the trophy for the third time in five seasons. With the result‚ Modric's first Real Madrid start was crucial. The Croatian had missed many opportunities to score and was in a position to make an impact in the tie. Two quick substitutions‚ Ferland Mendy and Thibaut Courtois‚ denied Jack Grealish and pushed Real Madrid forward. In the end‚ the away goals rule did not affect the result in the final‚ as the visitors' goal was equal to City's.