Real Madrid did the impossible last night.
The Spanish giants were minutes away from being eliminated from the Champions League by Manchester City only to score twice in the final minutes of the game to take it to extra-time.
Riyad Mahrez’s 73rd minute goal had put City two goals clear at the Santiago Bernabeu only for a brace from Rodrygo Goes in the 90th and 91st minutes to draw the two sides level on aggregate.
Then, in extra time, Karim Benzema stepped up to win it for Madrid with a calmly taken penalty. After that, all hell broke loose at the Bernabeu as Madrid secured their place in Paris.
That’s where they’ll face Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 28th. The game will take place at the Stade de France.
The Reds, who knocked Villarreal out in similarly dramatic fashion the previous evening at La Ceramica, will be out for revenge. Madrid beat them in the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv.
It will be the third time Madrid have played Liverpool in the European Cup final. The first was in 1981 and also took place in Paris, with Liverpool winning 1-0 thanks to an 82nd minute strike from Alan Kennedy. That was Liverpool’s third European Cup.
Madrid, as aforementioned, earned their revenge in 2018. Los Blancos won that game 3-1, remembers Marca, with Gareth Bale the protagonist, scoring two goals. Karim Benzema scored Madrids other while Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s sole goal.