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Since they met in the summer of 2015,

Luka Modric




Toni Kroos

had played together 42 games in the Champions League with Real Madrid, including nine of the 11 games this season, where only one sanction and a physical problem for the Brazilian they had broken

Carlo Ancelotti

's plan .

However, in the 75th minute, the Italian dispensed with his three best midfielders against City.

A quarter of an hour later, shortly after

Jack Grealish

's double chance against

Thibaut Courtois

, the artificial intelligence metrics managed by UEFA barely gave the white team a 1% chance of forcing extra time.

At that point, Madrid still did not have a single shot on the sticks from


, despite the two clear chances sent to limbo by

Karim Benzema



in the first half.

The situation seemed as desperate as against Chelsea, when Courtois drew another almost impossible hand.

That header from

Kai Havertz

would have made it 0-4, but it was only the preview of 1-3.

Yesterday, after marching 179 minutes ahead in the tie, the City players simply had it at night.

In the 90 seconds that elapsed between Rodrygo's two goals, they only completed two passes: the kick-off to their goalkeeper, who took the ball out of the way, and a tepid combination between



Joao Cancelo

, whose subsequent delivery to

Phil Foden

was intercepted by



As soon as the game resumed, the drama worsened.

After Ederson's shot went wide,

Pep Guardiola

's team couldn't even touch the ball before


returned to stand alone in front of the Brazilian goalkeeper.

Camavina and Bernardo Silva

By then,

Eduardo Camavinga

had taken the reins, starting from the position of midfielder, although also influencing meters above.

His was the very tepid delivery to Benzema that opened the door for the 1-1 and his was the marvelous driving of 30 metres, after receiving from Courtois, which would lead to the penalty.

In 57 minutes, the midfielder completed 23 of his 26 passes (88%), won five of his eight duels on the ground and cleared two balls.

At the age of 19, Camavinga had obtained a doctorate in the Champions League.

The exhibition of the former Rennes player unfairly left in the background the fantastic game of

Bernardo Silva

, who participated in 94 moves, with a 90% success rate in the pass.

In that connection on the left flank with Cancelo, he founded the best of his football, a City overcome, however, by the vertigo at heights.

And it is that in the second part of the extension, the baggage of the


was reduced to three centers to the area, although without specifying a single shot.

For the fourth time, Guardiola was knocked out in the semi-finals.

An infamous record that he now shares with

José Mourinho


On the other hand, Ancelotti could become the only coach in Paris to raise four Orejonas.

And the good omens do not end there for the final on May 28.

If Benzema scores against Liverpool he will rise to the third historical scoring tier, breaking the tie with

Robert Lewandowski


His 87 goals will only be behind

Cristiano Ronaldo

(140) and

Leo Messi


The precedents seem encouraging, as the Frenchman has four goals in five games against the



Finally, it should be noted that Karim, according to Opta data, yesterday became the most prolific striker against English teams in this competition, with seven goals in a single season.

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