Twitter reacts as Real Madrid somehow snatch Man City’s UCL final place – XenBet


Somehow, Manchester City were dumped out of the Champions League semi-finals by Real Madrid on Wednesday night, despite leading 5-3 on aggregate in the 90th minute at the Bernabeu.

Substitute Rodrygo was the hero for Los Blancos, netting in the 90th and 92nd minutes after Riyad Mahrez had given City the lead on the night with just 16 minutes to go, before Karim Benzema’s extra-time penalty sent Real to the final in the most extraordinary circumstances.

The first bit of entertainment came pre-match, with Pep Guardiola caught on camera reacting to something his counterpart Carlo Ancelotti had said in a pre-match interview on a monitor next to him, although no-one was quite sure what he’d heard…

What did Carlo Ancelotti say to make Pep act like this? ? #UCL

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022

New meme just dropped

— Sean Walsh (@SeanDZWalsh) May 4, 2022

There were no major surprises in the team news for City, with full-backs Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker returning from suspension and injury respectively.

As for Real Madrid, the big news was that David Alaba had not recovered from a knock in time to start, although Casemiro did return – and the gravity of his selection was not lost on fans and pundits alike.

Casemiro starts. As predicted, Valverde starts too.

Let’s get ready for the mayhem.

— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) May 4, 2022

?️ TEAM NEWS: Casemiro returns in midfield for Real Madrid while David Alaba is named among the substitutes owing to his adductor problem…@realmadriden | #UCL

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) May 4, 2022

?| Rio Ferdinand: “Casemiro will be the key for Real Madrid, for me. We saw him vs Chelsea, he’s crucial to break up play.”

— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) May 4, 2022

While Man City had the aggregate advantage, the home side were backed by a raucous 12th man roaring them on at the Bernabeu. It was some atmosphere.

The first flashpoint came just eight minutes in, with Aymeric Laporte and Luka Modric clashing after Casemiro had taken Kevin De Bruyne out with a crude challenge.

Neither player covered themselves in glory – especially not Laporte. Both went into the book for the incident.

Laporte slapped Modric in the face and fell over?

— Adam Crafton (@AdamCrafton_) May 4, 2022

Aymeric Laporte falling to the floor holding his face

— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) May 4, 2022

Although City dominated the ball, the opening exchanges were characterised by both sides giving it away and a couple of half chances, with the first clear-cut opportunity coming 20 minutes in.

Thibaut Courtois saved from Bernardo Silva, but it was all about De Bruyne’s creativity in the build-up.

What a pass from de Bruyne. Jeez. Courtois saves Silva’s shot

— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) May 4, 2022

de bruyne’s pass >>>>

— Muslimkid (@Muslimkid3) May 4, 2022

that pass from de bruyne to bernardo ??

— lukmaan (@piercedagoat) May 4, 2022

Casemiro then escaped what could easily have been a second yellow card when he dragged Phil Foden down by the collar of his shirt.

The Brazilian injured himself in the process and somehow got away without a booking again.

Question: does Casemiro ever get booked? ???

— Olivia Buzaglo (@OliviaBuzaglo) May 4, 2022

How has Casemiro got away with that?!

— Stefan Bienkowski (@SBienkowski) May 4, 2022

Casemiro is hilarious. That takedown on Foden was MMAesque

— Mayowa Obiagu ?? (@MayowaQuadri_) May 4, 2022

Casemiro has committed two blatant yellow card offences and avoided a booking both times. ?

— Muhammad Butt (@muhammadbutt) May 4, 2022

Walker’s running battle with Vinicius Jr was one of the interesting sub-narratives, with the Englishman coming out on top initially.

Terrific clash between 2 of the fastest footballers alive. Vinicius Jnr is rápido, but ‘you’ll never beat Kyle Walker’.

— Gary Lineker ?? (@GaryLineker) May 4, 2022

Walker’s not going to let Vinicius sprint in behind easily. Just try switching him to the other side for a bit, see what happens.

— Grace Robertson ?️‍⚧️ (@GraceOnFootball) May 4, 2022

Kyle Walker isn’t giving Vinicius any chances. Kept him very quiet so far

— Kwame Benaiah (@kwamebenaiah) May 4, 2022

0 – Vinícius Júnior didn’t complete any of his four take-on attempts in the first half (0/4), while Kyle Walker made more tackles than any other player (3). Guardian.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 4, 2022

Straight from kick-off in the second half, Vini Jr finally got away from Walker but missed an absolute sitter when he met Dani Carvajal’s cross in the box. He was fortunate to have his blushes saved by an incorrect flag.

That would have been the most incredible restart after half-time! ?

Vinícius Júnior misses a golden opportunity for Real Madrid… #UCL

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022

What a miss that would’ve been from Vinicius ?

— TalkFCB © (@talkfcb_) May 4, 2022

The match continued in a cagey manner, with Real barely laying a glove on their visitors.

Walker was eventually forced off as he went down awkwardly on his ankle, moments before Riyad Mahrez whipped City into the lead with a wicked whipped finish.

Tie over…right?

Riyad Mahrez + #UCL semi-finals = meant to be! ?

Last season’s hero steps up and grabs his team a goal at the Bernabéu and puts Manchester City 5-3 up on aggregate! ?

— 90min (@90min_Football) May 4, 2022


— VERSUS (@vsrsus) May 4, 2022


Man City carve Real Madrid open before the winger applies a brilliant finish to the move ⚽️

This man loves scoring in the big Champions League games!#UCL

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022

Riyad Mahrez with TWENTY FOUR goal this season. Another big goal in a big game as well

— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) May 4, 2022

Mahrez after Pep had a go at him for shooting

— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) May 4, 2022

City seemed to be cruising towards the Chamoions League final – but out of absolutely nowhere, Real Madrid substitute Rodrygo found not one but TWO last-minute goals.

The first was a tap-in from a Karim Benzema cut-back, and the second was a sublime header from a Carvajal cross in the 90th and 92nd minutes. Cue pandemonium in the Bernabeu and on Twitter.

Real Madrid had forced extra time.

“Rodrygo’s warming up”

— Jude Summerfield (@judesummerfield) May 4, 2022

They might still win but please can we not overlook the Man City bottling it in Europe narrative

— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) May 4, 2022





— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022

Me going for a piss and hearing a commotion on the telly

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) May 4, 2022


Real Madrid in the #UCL are BLOCKBUSTER. Rodrygo has scored two goals in as many minutes to level the tie and take it to extra time! ?

— 90min (@90min_Football) May 4, 2022


— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) May 4, 2022

If things weren’t absolutely awful enough for City, they conceded a penalty right at the start of extra time and Karim Benzema – who had been anonymous for 89 minutes – slotted home from the spot.


Was there any doubt

— Project Football (@ProjectFootball) May 4, 2022

Can’t believe what I’m watching here. City imploding, unravelling.

Is it too late to lump on the Liverpool Quadruple?? #UCL

— Jack Wilkinson (@jacktwilkinson) May 4, 2022

feel like we might be about to witness pep guardiola going beyond baldness itself, the man is on the precipice of reaching negative hair – a human first

— Stan Account (@tristandross) May 4, 2022

You cannot buy Football ‘Eritage. It’s the Intangible of all Intangibles

— Brick Foley? (@LobRucci) May 4, 2022

Whatever happens, the game management from City with a 5-3 lead on aggregate was awful.

Outstanding stuff from Real Madrid all the same.

— Craig King – ????????????? (@FootballSwissEN) May 4, 2022

Man City should know that the first rule of playing Real Madrid is that you can’t just hurt them a bit and think it’s alright. If you don’t completely bury them, they always have a chance of doing some magical shit. The spirit of the Champions League runs in them.

— Zito (@_Zeets) May 4, 2022

City’s frenzied attacks didn’t yield a chance until the very last second of stoppage time at the end of the first half, but it fell to the wrong man.

The ball reached Fernandinho at the back post, but he was unable to finish with the goal at his mercy – on his birthday no less.

Amazing save by Courtois, amazing miss by Fernandinho!

— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) May 4, 2022

Fernandinho can’t react quickly enough at the back post. How are City in this position?

— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) May 4, 2022

That falls to anyone else but Fernandinho and it’s a goal , huge hand from Courtois to keep out the initial effort , massive change spurned for Manchester City #RMAMCI

— Josh Bunting (@Buntingfootball) May 4, 2022

Real saw out the remainder of extra time with minimal fuss, and it is Carlo Ancelotti’s side – somehow – who will face Liverpool in the Champions League final on 28 May.

Two best teams are in the #UCL final. Let’s be honest. Can’t be mad at that. Two all-time great coaches. Two clubs playing entertaining football. Will be a fun final.

— Cristian Nyari (@Cnyari) May 4, 2022

Real Madrid continue to defy explanation.

Even with Pep’s subs, City had that game won and then, suddenly, they didn’t because Madrid…just imposed their will on it?

— George Osborn (@GeorgeOsborn) May 4, 2022

This is Ancelotti tax btw.

Ancelotti is a tactical mastermind. He improves his players and his in game management is brazy. He’s the difference between last season and this.

— Anita Abayomi (@FLWN_) April 6, 2022

Real Madrid were:

▪️ 2-0 down v PSG in the last-16
▪️ 4-3 down v Chelsea in the quarter-finals
▪️ 5-3 down v Man City in the semi-finals

And still made it to the Champions League final ?#UCL

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022

Unbelievable! Real Madrid are lethal in Europe when they have the bit between their teeth.
Man City folded & they smelt blood. It’s incredible to see, esp at the Bernabeu. It was the same in the 3-in-a-row era under Zidane. And many of the same players ? #RealManCity #RMCF #UCL

— Reshmin Chowdhury (@ReshminTV) May 4, 2022

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