Actual Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti survived one other breathtaking European night time on the Bernabeu as his crew unimaginably noticed off Manchester Metropolis 3-1, (6-5 on combination) to ebook a Champions League remaining date with Liverpool.
The Los Blancos have performed entertaining knockout matches this season – first knocking out PSG within the knockout section in an exhilarating night time on the Bernabeu, earlier than doing it on an excellent greater degree in opposition to Chelsea.
A Riyad Mahrez objective with 20 minutes to go put Pep Guardiola’s aspect in command, however two late objectives in an area of two minutes from Rodrygo pressured the match into further time, the place Karim Benzema scored from the spot to ship his aspect to Paris.
Regardless of having the house crowd behind them, Madrid failed to bother Metropolis in a cagey affair that lacked the primary leg fireworks when the 2 sides met on the Etihad Stadium.
The hosts trailed 4-3 from the match in Manchester and had a poor first half wherein they did not document even a single shot heading in the right direction.
Benzema and Vincius Jr had half probabilities to open the scores however failed to bother Ederson in objective, with the latter skewing his effort means over the bar when put by on objective.
As a substitute, it was Metropolis who got here near scoring within the opening 45 minutes, with Thibaut Courtois known as into motion on 4 events.
First, the Belgian made a nice save to disclaim Bernado Silva within the twentieth minute after the Portuguese was put by on objective with a neat go.
Phil Fodden additionally examined Courtois with a long-range shot, however the Belgian made a simple save.
The second half began with Actual Madrid creating the primary probability straight from the restart, however Vinicius Jr missed the prospect to present his aspect the lead, along with his effort going inches out vast.
Pep Guardiola was pressured to make a change within the seventieth minute because the returning Kyle Walker picked an damage, and was changed by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
A couple of minutes later, Kevin de Bruyne was changed by Ilkay Gundogan, and the German had an instantaneous impression.
The midfielder began play in the course of the park, earlier than feeding Bernado Silva, who drove all the way in which into the field earlier than laying it properly for Mahrez to fantastically strike house.
Metropolis got here near getting a second objective within the 87th minute when Jack Grealish went on a solo run and beat Courtois in objective, however his effort was cleared off the road by Ferland Mendy.
The Englishman had one other probability a minute later, however this time Courtois made the faintest of touches to disclaim him.
Metropolis appeared comfortably heading to Paris, till Rodrygo, who was a 68th-minute introduction, prodded house a Karim Benzema ball.
The 21-year-old then headed house two minutes later to present Madrid the lead on the night time and tied at 5-5 on combination, forcing further time.
5 minutes into further time, Benzema was introduced down contained in the field, with the referee awarding a penalty kick, which the Frenchman coolly slotted to present Actual Madrid the lead within the tie.
Regardless of either side getting clear probabilities so as to add to their tallies, Benzema’s objective proved the winner and can now contest the ultimate in Paris.