Rodrygo inspires Real Madrid’s late comeback to knock out Manchester City Yorkshire News

Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates his team’s second goal. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

City was leading 1-0, and with one foot in the final to face Liverpool, heading into stoppage time, when two goals from Rodrygo turned the tie around to force extra time, when Karim Benzema achieved victory from the penalty point. The 3–1 loss in extra time in the second leg sealed a 6–5 aggregate loss.

Both teams had chances in a goalless first half.

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Needing to set the pace, Real Madrid had the best chances, but Benzema went wide twice early on.

At the other end, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden worked at home for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The tension was evident, with Aymeric Laporte and Luka Modric booked after a clash in the opening minutes.

City ran their luck early in the second half but survived several scares and took firm control of the equalizer when Riyad Mahrez opened the scoring in the 73rd minute.

Silva found space to run past the Real defense and found Mahrez to his right on the edge of the area.

City’s top scorer this season sent a powerful shot into the top corner to put the visitors 1-0 ahead and 5-3 up on aggregate.

Real created a grandstand finish when Rodrygo cut the aggregate deficit to 5-4 by scoring in the 90th minute.

More drama followed when Rodrygo headed another in stoppage time to level the tie at 5-5.

Real Madrid, coming from behind in the previous two rounds against Paris St Germain and Chelsea, continued the fight to claim the lead at the start of extra time.

He came from the penalty spot after Ruben Dias was penalized for having fouled Benzema.

Benzema stepped forward to slip the ball into the bottom corner to give Real Madrid a 3-1 lead and a 6-5 aggregate lead.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-04 21:54:48

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