After stunning Manchester City to complete one of the most sensational comebacks in Champions League history on Wednesday evening, Real Madrid were already prepared to mark their place in the final with shirts that read ‘A por la 14’.
For the longest time during the semi-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, though, it seemed certain that the celebratory shirts would not be required.
Entering the 89th minute in Madrid, City led 1-0 on the night thanks to a fine effort from Riyad Mahrez, leaving them 5-3 up on aggregate.
It was going to take something almost miraculous for Real to prevent the Premier League side from securing a date with Liverpool on May 28 in Paris, but that is exactly what Carlo Ancelotti’s men found.
A quick-fire double from substitute Rodrygo Goes forced the tie into extra-time, leaving City absolutely shell-shocked. From that moment on, all the momentum lay with the home side – and they quickly made it count.
The additional period was just five minutes old when Ruben Dias felled Karim Benzema with a poorly-timed challenge inside the box. Predictably, the French superstar fired home the resulting penalty-kick in confident fashion.
Despite City’s desperate attempts to restore parity in the second half of extra-time, Los Blancos held on to book their place in the final.
The Real squad exploded with joy at the final whistle and were soon each handed shirts displaying the words ‘A por la 14’.
Why did Real Madrid wear ‘A por la 14’ after beating Man City?
With 13 European Cups already under their belt, Real are the most successful side in Champions League history.
With their message on the back of the shirts they wore at the end of the match, Real assured their adoring fans that they have every intention of bringing a 14th crown back to the Spanish capital later this month.
The English translation of ‘A por la 14’ is ‘All out for number 14’. It’s a rallying cry that Real have employed before, wearing similar shirts after their 2018 semi-final triumph over Bayern Munich.
On that occasion, the garments read ‘A por la 13’ (All out for number 13). Real ended up being true to their word, defeating Liverpool 3-1 in that year’s final.
Los Blancos’ supporters with be hoping for a repeat performance this time around – as the two sides meet in the final again.
With the final leg of a historic quadruple potentially on the line, though, Jurgen Klopp’s men will themselves be going ‘all out’ for victory.
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Real Madrid stun Man City (Reaction via The Football Terrace)