Experts of the late turnaround, Real Madrid have risen from certain death on Thursday (AEST) to book a place in the Champions League final.
Trailing 1-0 on the night, and 5-3 on aggregate, Madrid appeared out of options, before what could have been nothing but a consolation goal turned the tie on its head.
With Pep Guardiola’s men already dreaming of an all-English showdown with Liverpool, Rodrygo snuck in front of Ederson to flick home in the 90th minute, and give Madrid a sliver of hope.
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That sliver of hope became the whole pie just one minute later as Rodrygo repeated the feat to level the tie at 5-5 and send the game to extra-time.
And just five minutes into the extra period, the turnaround was complete. Karim Benzema was adjudged to have been tripped in the box, and the Frenchman made no mistake from the spot.
Guardiola had already made his substitutions in an attempt to close out the result during regular time, and a toothless City were unable to find a way through a Madrid team that once again showed off their European resilience.
The sides reached half-time at 0-0, before a Riyad Mahrez goal on 73 minutes put City in the driver’s seat.
This season, Madrid had already performed the unlikeliest of rescue acts to defeat both Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 and Chelsea in the quarter-finals but, given the stakes and how close they were to defeat, this one against Manchester City was surely the most dramatic.
“I cannot say we are used to living this kind if life, but what happened tonight it happened against Chelsea and also against PSG,” Ancelotti told BT Sport after becoming the first coach in history to reach five finals in the competition.
“If you have to say why, it is the history of this club that helps us to keep going when it seems that we are gone.
“The game was close to finished and we managed to find the last energy we had.”