How Real Madrid beat Man City in the Champions League semi-final tonight

May 4, 2022 at 6:25 PM EDT

Thanks and goodnight!

What happened at the Bernabeu tonight still does not make sense; it probably never will, but we’ll be talking about it forever.

Real Madrid somehow came from two goals down in the 89th minute to shatter Manchester City and set up a meeting with Liverpool in Paris. It’s a repeat of the 2018 final, which Real won 3-1, and Mo Salah – who went off injured in that game after a challenge from Sergio Ramos – wants revenge.

Thanks for your company, goodnight!

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT

Pep Guardiola’s reaction

“We were close, but we could not reach it. It’s simple. In the first half we did not have a game. We were not good enough, but we did not suffer much. After we scored we were better, we were comfortable on the pitch.

“It’s not like they were attacking in the last 10 minutes all the time and we had to suffer. That was not the case. But they put a lot of players in the box, had two crosses and they scored.

“Football is unpredictable; sometimes you have to accept that. The players are sad, yeah. We were close. We need time to process it, and then we have our last four games to play. ”

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 6:16 PM EDT

The best Champions League semi-final ever?

You have to be careful with recency bias, but that has a great case for being the best semi-final we’ve ever seen in this competition.

Eleven goals, brilliant football, rare drama and a plot twist that even Hitchcock would have deemed too cruel.

Goodness knows what this means for the Premier League title race. It could strengthen City’s resolve to win their last four games, or it could break them.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 6:08 PM EDT

Carlo Ancelotti’s verdict

“It happened again against PSG and Chelsea. The history of this club helps us when it seems like we have gone. The game was close to finished. We were able to find some more energy, and when we equalized we had the psychological advantage.

“I did not think it was over, I do not have time to think like that. Liverpool will be an unbelievable challenge, we are really happy to be there. It will be a fantastic game for football. ”

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 6:04 PM EDT

Carlo Ancelotti reaches his seventh Champions League final

Two as a player, five as a coach. At this rate he’s in serious danger of receiving some credit for his managerial ability.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:59 PM EDT

City’s Champions League record under Pep Guardiola

2016-17: round of 16

2017-18: quarter-final

2018-19: quarter-final

2019-20: quarter-final

2020-21: ultimate

2021-22: semi-final

All the defeats stung, but this is on another level. There isn’t a person in the world who saw that coming.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:45 PM EDT

Real on a lap of honor

The atmosphere at the Bernabeu is off the charts. A number of City players were in tears, and those who weren’t were starting a point exactly 1,000 yards away.

Real are doing a lap of honor. Even by their standards, that was truly, madly, deeply astonishing. For the third knockout tie in a row, they were finished, and then the madness happened.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:36 PM EDT

Full time: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5)

Real Madrid have done it again! They will meet Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris on 28 May after a truly astounding comeback at the Bernabeu.

After 89 minutes, City deservedly led 1-0 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate. Real had not had a single shot on target in the match. Then the substitute Rodrygo scored two in a minute to take the game to extra-time, and Karim Benzema settled the tie with an ice-cool penalty.

It’s a truly shocking defeat for City, the Agueroooo moment in reverse, and it will haunt them for a long time, maybe forever.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:33 PM EDT

Grealish wins a corner for City

120 min It’s now or never. There will be three minutes of added time.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT

Four minutes to go

116 min: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5) City can’t generate any momentum, and they are also getting frustrated by how easily the Real players are winning free-kicks.

It’s chaos. City even have Aymeric Laporte up front in the Robert Huth role.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:28 PM EDT

Double substitution for Real

115 min: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5) A huge moment for the young defender Jesus Vallejo, who was on loan at Wolves a few years ago. He’s coming on to replace the injured Eder Militao. Lucas Vazquez also comes on for Vinicius Jr.

I’ve lost track of the substitutions, but I think that’s now six for Real and five for City.

Meanwhile, Zinchenko has been booked for fouling Rodrygo.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:24 PM EDT

Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5)

110 min Militao goes down injured, is treated, goes off and then comes back on. It’s a genuine injury, I’m sure, but the fact he was able to use up 60 seconds will not hurt Madrid.

City are having all the ball but are struggling to get behind a packed defense.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:17 PM EDT

Half time in extra time: Real Madrid 3-1 Man City (agg: 6-5)

Astonishingly, Real Madrid are 15 minutes away from another Champions League final. They were totally finished, 1-0 down on the night after 89 minutes, but Rodrygo scored two in a minute and then Karim Benzema put them ahead in extra-time with a nerveless penalty.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:16 PM EDT

What a chance for City!

Cancelo’s cross is headed towards goal by Foden. Courtois flies to his right to make a superb save and then Fernandinho puts the loose ball wide of an open goal!

He was stretching, and it wasn’t a glaring miss, but he should surely have scored.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:13 PM EDT

Benzema off, Ceballos on

104 min: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5) Real have declared at 3-1: Dani Ceballos replaces the amazing Karim Benzema.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:11 PM EDT

City searching desperately for an equalizer

101 min: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5) Sterling is booked for a man-and-ball tackle on Rodrygo. Pep Guardiola is fuming, not unreasonably, but it’s not a good sign at a time when City need to recover their composure.

You can understand why their heads have gone. Their performance for 89 minutes was immaculate, and then out of nothing they were dragged into a desperate fight for survival. At the moment, they are losing it.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:07 PM EDT

Raheem Sterling on for City

99 min: Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5) Sterling replaces Rodri. City look utterly shellshocked. After 89 minutes this looked like the perfect away performance.

Moments before the substitution, Fernandinho volleyed a very difficult chance over the bar.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:05 PM EDT

Real Madrid 3-1 Manchester City (agg: 6-5)

97 min Another problem for City is that they have an unbalanced team now – Rodri, Fernandinho and Gundogan are all on the field, while De Bruyne, Jesus and Mahrez have been taken off.

They do still have the option of Raheem Sterling, but that’s about it.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

May 4, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT

GOAL! Real Madrid 3-1 Man City (agg: 6-5; Benzema 95)

Benzema scores! No Panenka this time, he just calmly sent Ederson the wrong way.

This is one of the most astonishing comebacks we have ever seen.

Rob Smyth

Rob Smyth

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