At a world club like Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, ​​they obviously pay attention to the details.

Not only do the sleeves of the jerseys have a number, but also the corner flags in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

Small but clearly visible is a “13”.

It is the number of titles Real have won in the European Cup and its successor, the Champions League.

Nobody has more.

AC Milan follows with seven, FC Bayern and FC Liverpool with six each.

Real Madrid may be expanding their lead soon.

Because in 2022 the club will be in the final of the premier class for the 17th time.

Tobias Rabe

Responsible editor for Sport Online.

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That too is, of course, a record – and part of the myth as the biggest club in the world.

Whether he is that may be a matter of opinion.

Without a doubt, Real Madrid is a club for special games, for magical nights, for breathtaking spectacles.

The road to the final against Liverpool in Paris on May 28 is marked by extraordinary events on the pitch.

It was no different in the semi-final duels with Manchester City.

The 3-4 win in the first leg a week ago was followed by a 3-1 win at home after extra time.

It wasn't an evening for the faint of heart, but it was for football drama lovers.

When the work was completed, the English players left disappointed, while the Madrid players put on new shirts.

They looked like the ones they wore in game, but with a subtle difference.

A large "14" was emblazoned on the back, with "A por la" written above it.

The message was clear: Let's go to the 14th title.

They were, of course, prepared for a place in the final.

But on this Wednesday evening, which everyone who saw the game will not soon forget, there was not much missing, the shirts would have been a case for the garbage.

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Manchester City took the lead late in the game after a clever assist from Bernardo Silva and a shot from Riyad Mahrez with a high left into the near corner (73rd minute).

It was now 5:3 for Pep Guardiola's team.

And time ticked incessantly against Real.

But since 1986 the “Spirit of Juanito” has been blowing through Madrid.

The striker had warned opponents Inter Milan after a 3-1 draw in the UEFA Cup semifinals: "90 minutes at the Bernabéu are very long." Real then turned the duel around and - after extra time - made it into the final.

90 minutes was also very long on Wednesday – and it got a lot longer.

Substitute Rodrygo poked a lay-off from Karim Benzema into the goal to equalize (90') and even scored with a header to make it 2-1 (90' + 1').

In less than 90 seconds, the result of the previous 90 minutes was turned upside down.

If the rule that away goals were decisive in European competitions still existed, Manchester would have lost after regular time.

The chronology was reminiscent of Bayern Munich's 1999 final defeat by Manchester United in injury time.

So there was now an extension in Madrid – the suffering for Guardiola and Co.

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