Real Madrid punish Grealish misses as Man City implode in chaotic climax 1 year ago

Real Madrid punish Grealish misses as Man City implode in chaotic climax


Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League final thanks to a stunning comeback victory over Manchester City in the semi-final on Wednesday night.


Pep Guardiola's side came into the tie against Madrid with a 4-3 lead after the first leg in Manchester, and looked set for a place in the final against Liverpool having taken the lead in the second leg through Riyad Mahrez.

However, Carlo Ancelotti's side scored in the 90th minute and in added time to take the game to extra time - before Karim Benzema calmly converted his penalty in the first-half of extra-time to give the home side their first lead in the tie.

Should City have been reduced to 10 men?


City started the game well, edging possession and looking the more likely to open the scoring. However, many fans believe that the away side should've been reduced to 10-men in the first half.

Kevin De Bruyne was fouled by Madrid midfielder Casemiro, which led to both sets of players clashing as a result. As the players came together, Spanish international Laporte began to slightly push Modric as the Croatian attempted to speak to the referee.

Following this, the City centre-back appeared to slap the 36-year-old in the face, before dropping to the ground holding his own face.

This angered Modric and several other Madrid players, with the veteran midfielder and Laporte both being shown a yellow card as a result of the incident.


Grealish's costly miss

When City were winning 1-0 on the night - and 5-3 on aggregate - substitute Jack Grealish had a great opportunity to double the away side's lead.

He combined well with fellow substitute Oleksandr Zinchenko, allowing the former Aston Villa man to race through on goal. The city man worked his way into the box and past Éder Militão, before unleashing a shot on goal.


Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois appeared to be have misjudged the strike, which saw it beat him - only to be cleared off the line by Ferland Mendy before Phil Foden could tap the ball home.

With a three goal advantage over Madrid, late into the tie, it would surely have seen Guardiola's side progress to the final of the Champions League had it gone in.


Rodrygo saves the tie, before Benzema strikes

Despite Grealish's late miss, it still looked as though the away side would win the semi-final, both on the night and on aggregate.

However, as the clock ticked closer towards the final whistle, Madrid substitute Rodrygo saved the day for the recently-crowned LaLiga champions.

The Brazilian pulled a goal back in the 90th minute to reduce the deficit to one, getting on the end of a cross to poke his strike past Ederson.

Then, just 1 minute later and into added-time, the 21-year-old put Madrid ahead of the night and level on aggregate with a stunning header.

With the tie going to extra-time, Ancelotti's men took the lead for the first time through their talisman Benzema, who converted his penalty after Rúben Dias fouled the Frenchman.

Despite City's late onslaught, Madrid were able to see the tie out and secure their place in the Champions League final, where they will face-off against Liverpool later this month.

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