With Rayo shining, Real Madrid beat Guardiola's City and seals place in the Champions League final for the 18th time

The Santiago Bernabéu experienced another historic football night. Once again, Real Madrid fans left with a smile on their faces. It was based on Rodrygo’s race and technique, but the Merengues will play another Champions League final. With a show from the Brazilian striker and goalkeeper Courtois, the Spanish club achieved an epic and historic comeback against City and will make the final against Liverpool on the 28th of May.

In the first half, the game was very disputed, but the best chances were created by Manchester City. If it weren’t for goalkeeper Courtois, the Citzens could have left the field for the locker room with a lead of at least two goals. In the 20th minute, Kevin De Bruyne activated Bernardo Silva on the right of the area; the Portuguese hit hard with his right leg and the Merengues archer swiped for a corner in a beautiful save. In the 39th minute, Phil Foden made a beautiful move and when he got close to the goal, he risked a shot from the middle of the street with his right leg, but ended up stopping the Belgian archer. Gabriel Jesus also had the chance to open the scoring, but ended up wasting the opportunity. On the home team’s side, Toni Kross and Benzema tried with a header and from a distance from the area, but they didn’t scare Éderson.

In the second stage, the game caught fire. After 2 minutes, Vinicius missed a great chance: in a quick ball out, Toni Kroos threw a shot on the right to Dani Carvajal, the winger played at half height in the area and the Brazilian striker hit the back line crookedly. Minutes later, shirt 27 had two other opportunities, but ended up failing to make a decision. And you know that saying: “Who doesn’t take it”? It happened at the Santiago Bernabéu. In the 27th minute of the final stage in a beautiful offensive transaction by the Citzens, Gündogan activated Bernardo Silva in the middle, he advanced with a lot of space, played for Gabriel Jesus further to the right, the Brazilian let the ball pass, and Mahrez dropped a bomb with his left-hander to the bottom of the goal. The goal cheered up the English team, which twice did not extend the score. In the 40th minute, Cancelo released a straw from the right wing, and Courtois makes an excellent save by palming to the side. A minute later, Grealish sprinted down the left, passed two and tapped Courtois’ exit, but Mendy pulled the ball out of the net. When the game looked set, Rodrygo’s star appeared. In the 45th minute of the second half, the Brazilian took advantage of Benzema’s assistance and just pushed the ball to the back of the goal. Seconds later, the attacker appeared again with his head to turn the game around and take the match to overtime.

In extra time, Real turned the series. At 6 minutes into the second stage, Camavinga received on the right wing, triggered Rodygo, who crossed low in the middle, and Rúben Dias took down Benzema. The result? The referee whistled for the lime mark. And there was no other. The top scorer Merengue did not hesitate, won the dispute with Éderson and scored the third for the Spaniards. City almost didn’t discount the score in the last bid. Rodri crossed from the right, Foden deflected and Courtois brilliantly managed to palm. On the rebound, Fernandinho, who was on the second post, managed to stretch, but ended up sending the ball out. In the last 15 minutes, Rodrygo showed why he deserves a spot in the next World Cup. In addition to being fundamental in the offensive sector, the Brazilian helped a lot in marking, especially when Eder Militão injured his groin and ended up being out of combat. Finally, the Citzens accused the coup and created little. With that, the English will have to postpone the dream of winning the unprecedented Champions League next season.

Real Madrid will seek their 14th title on May 28, in Paris, against Liverpool, England. City, on the other hand, will have to win their last commitments in the Premier League to finish the season by winning the national tournament.

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