Real Madrid made a sensational comeback from the brink of elimination, beating Manchester City 6-5 on aggregate to set up a clash against Liverpool in the Champions League final. Riyad Mahrez scored the lead for City but Rodrygo responded with a brace to force extra time where Karim Benzema sealed the ticket to Paris. Don’t miss the latest in Asian bookies soccer and get football betting tips for free!
“We played a good game against a strong rival. When we were able to equalize, we had a psychological advantage in extra time,” Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said. “If you have to say why, it is the history of this club that helps us to keep going when it seems that we are gone. I am happy to be in the final, in Paris against another great team. It will be a fantastic game for football.”
City were leading 4-3 heading to this game. But, the La Liga champions proved once again that it was the comeback king of this league, especially when in front of their home crowd. “A por la 14″ translated to “Let’s go for number 14” was seen written on the back of Real’s celebratory shirts as they now have a chance to win a record-extending 14th title.
Earlier this month, Real Madrid clinched their record extending 35th La Liga title with a 4-0 victory against Espanyol. Real is 15 points ahead of Barcelona in second place. The win also made Ancelotti the first manager to lift titles in each of Europe’s top five leagues. Ancelotti will now have a chance to win his fourth Champions League trophy and his second under Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s quest for a quadruple this season is still alive as they made a second-half comeback to win against Villarreal 5-2 on aggregate in the second leg of their Champions League semi final matchup. Goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane within 12 minutes after the 2-0 lead by opponents in the first half sealed their ticket to Paris and escaped elimination.
“It is outstanding. We made it pretty tricky for ourselves but it is about how you react and adapt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who is fresh from signing a contract extension that will keep him in the post until 2026. “Respect to Villarreal, they made it really difficult. I will watch it. Whoever it will be, it will be massive — they will deserve it and then we will face each other in Paris.”
The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup after beating Chelsea on penalties earlier this year. The rematch against Thomas Tuchel’s side will happen at Wembley for the FA Cup final on 14 May. Klopp’s hopes for his second Premier League trophy is also still alive as they sit just a point behind leaders City. The showpiece of the European club season will be played at the Stade de France on May 28.
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