Manchester City suffered one of the most remarkable Champions League collapses as Real Madrid came back from the abyss to set up a final showdown with Liverpool.

City were two goals ahead on aggregate going into the 90th minute after Riyad Mahrez’s strike had added to their 4-3 first-leg win last week.

And then Rodrygo happened as the Brazilian substitute turned home Karim Benzema’s left-wing ball from close range in the final minute – with Real’s very first shot on target.

And 90 seconds later he levelled the tie with a header into the top corner after Marco Asensio flicked on Dani Carvajal’s cross.

Benzema then beat Ruben Dias to a loose ball in the box and was brought down by the City defender in the first half of extra time. He stepped up to take the penalty himself and scored his 43rd goal of the season.

Real’s Thibaut Courtois, who was by far the busier keeper, tipped away Foden’s header with Fernandinho inches away from scoring the rebound – but City could not find a goal to send it to penalties.

The result sets up a repeat of the most memorable Champions League final of recent years, when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in 2018.

Credit: BBC

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