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Lionel Messi was left in disbelief at Real Madrid ‘s epic comeback against Manchester City in their thrilling Champions League semi-final second leg.
The Paris Saint-Germain superstar, who spent 21 years of his incredible career at Real’s bitter rivals, Barcelona, was watching from home as Los Blancos somehow managed to scored two goals in six minutes of injury time. After super sub Rodrygo forced the match into extra-time, Messi refused to believe the turnaround when Karim Benzema completed it from the penalty spot after profiting from a clumsy Ruben Dias foul.
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Karim Benzema scored an extra-time penalty as Real Madrid pulled off another astonishing comeback in the Champions League to stun Manchester City 3-1 on Wednesday and book a showdown with Liverpool in the final.
City looked certain to go through when Riyad Mahrez put them 1-0 up and 5-3 ahead on aggregate but Rodrygo, on as a substitute, scored an incredible late double, his goals in the 90th and 91st minutes sending the tie to extra time.
With City still reeling, Real Madrid landed the knock-out blow as Benzema earned and then converted a spot-kick to snatch a 6-5 win on aggregate, with another remarkable fightback at the Santiago Bernabeu added to the club’s long list of magical European nights.
Chelsea are growing confident that Roman Abramovich’s sale of the club will go through with the UK Government holding onto the £1.6billion loan owed to the Russian. Abramovich was sanctioned by the Government in March over his links to Vladimir Putin and the Chelsea owner subsequently put the club up for sale.Abramovich’s assets were frozen, forcing Chelsea to operate under a special licence, with Raine given the task of overseeing the sale of the club. Todd Boehly and his consortium have now been named as the preferred bidder, but there have already been a number of twists and turns in recent weeks.
Liverpool will go into the showpiece occasion as slight favourites. But given the way Carlo Ancelotti’s have defied the odds to overcome Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and now Man City, you’d be a fool to write them off.
If winning the biggest prize in club football wasn’t enough, Henry believes the final will also determine the winner of the Ballon d’Or – Mane vs Benzema.
Appearing on CBS Sports as a pundit following Real Madrid vs Man City, Henry thinks the individual accolade will go to one of Mane or Benzema depending on the result of the final.
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The 24-year-old attacker has emerged as one of the most sought after players ahead of the summer window with several big clubs chasing him.
RB Leipzig do not want to lose him and want to make the player the centre of their project, but Nkunku is prepared to move on from the German club this summer.
Liverpool are amongst the big names chasing the Frenchman ahead of the next transfer window, while Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked, but there is now further Premier League interest.
According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Newcastle have their eyes on Nkunku as well ahead of the summer.
Juventus boss Max Allegri congratulates Daniele Orsato and Carlo Ancelotti after Real Madrid vs. Manchester City: ‘Carlo wasn’t seen as a fashionable coach, but trends are transitory and the classic remains.’
During his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Serie A clash against Genoa, Allegri was asked his thoughts on the second leg of the Champions League semis between Real Madrid and Manchester City that saw the Merengues win 3-1 to qualify for the Final against Liverpool.
“It was a marvellous game. First of all, I want to compliment Orsato, he handled the game with personality. To me, he is the best referee,” said Allegri.
The Italian had awarded a clear penalty kick to Real Madrid in extra time. Karim Benzema converted it, sending the La Liga giants to the Final.