Man City 1-3 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema's penalty sends Los Blancos to Champions League final

Karim Benzema's penalty completed the comeback vs Man City and sent Real Madrid to the Champions League final

Real Madrid are through to the Champions League final after completing an incredible comeback in their semi-final tie against Manchester City.

City were 5-3 up on aggregate going into stoppage-time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In truth, Real were being outclassed by the English giants. They rarely threatened and hadn’t recorded a single shot on target in normal time.

But you can never write Real off.

Rodrygo Goes, who entered the fray in the 68th minute, gave Real hope after converting Karim Benzema‘s cut-back in the 90th minute.

Moments later, the Brazilian planted a brilliant header past Ederson to force extra-time.

Karim Benzema's penalty completed the comeback vs Man City and sent Real Madrid to the Champions League final
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 04: Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring their side’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 04, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

It only took a few minutes of extra-time for Real to take the lead for the first time in the tie.

Los Blancos were given a penalty when Benzema was felled inside the box by Ruben Dias.

Benzema brushed himself down and showed nerves of steel as he dispatched his penalty into the bottom corner.

City still had time to get back in the game but they looked deflated.

Other than a brilliant Thibaut Courtois save to deny Phil Foden, followed by Fernandinho failing to convert the rebound, City didn’t carve out any opportunities of note for the remainder of the game.

And so Real held on to win a quite astonishing game and reach the Champions League final.

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They will play Liverpool in Paris on May 28. We cannot wait.

The game will be a repeat of the 2018 Champions League final, which Real won 3-1.

Real will be looking to win their 14th Champions League title, while Liverpool will be hoping to win their seventh.

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