Champions League: Real Madrid advances to the grand final

Champions League: Real Madrid advances to the grand final
Champions League: Real Madrid advances to the grand final

Eternal Real Madrid! After his 2 to 2 draw in the first leg, the King of Europe signed a new comeback on Wednesday which will go down in history to join Dortmund in the final of the Champions League, by overthrowing Bayern Munich 2 to 1 on the lead thanks to a double from Joselu.

The 34-year-old Spanish striker, on loan from Espanyol Barcelona and who had never experienced the high European level until this season, emerged at the end of regulation time to send his team to the final by scoring in quick succession at the 88th and 91st minute, when she was virtually eliminated.

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Coming into play a few minutes earlier, this unexpected hero, who came as a simple offensive joker to compensate for the departure of Karim Benzema to Saudi Arabia, first punished the only error of German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 38, who had maintained his alive until now, before victoriously taking back a center from Rüdiger.

A new irrational reversal of the situation, but which is nothing new for the Spanish giant. Immortal even when we think of him at the end of the cycle, he has become an expert on the subject in recent seasons (three comebacks in a row on the road to his 14th Champions League in 2022 against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City).

Crowned Spanish champion last weekend four days before the end of the season, Real will face Borussia Dortmund for an 18th final and a 15th crown synonymous with an unthinkable treble (Liga, Spanish Super Cup, League Champions) at Wembley on June 1.

Davies silences the Bernabéu, Joselu resurrects it

In an atmosphere of great evenings, with its metal case finally finished and its roof closed to make the atmosphere even more unbreathable for the Bavarians, the Santiago Bernabéu stadium had nevertheless been plunged into a cathedral silence by a jewel from the Canadian Alphonso Davies, entered in play in place of Serge Gnabry in the first period.

As in the first leg, and like Manchester City in the previous round, or even more recently FC Barcelona, ​​the Germans thought they had done the hardest part and then anticipated an unexpected ninth final. It would have put a balm on a failed season where they ceded their Bundesliga title for the first time since 2013, to Bayer Leverkusen.

Especially since their legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer repelled one after another the Madrid waves, which had started to break against his cage from the first minutes of the match.

After a double save against Vinicius then Rodrygo (13th), helped by his post, the 2014 world champion then completely disgusted the supporters of the White House with three other parades in front of the same Vinicius, (40th, 60th) and Rodrygo, (59th). But he ended up breaking two minutes from the end of regulation time, like a defense which had given everything and lacked lucidity in the final moments.

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