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Real’s Late Rally Stun City

“Now we need to process that and come back, with our people at home and in the last four games we have.”

Real Madrid literally came back from the dead as they scored three late goals to advance to the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Riyad Mahrez scored in the 76th minute to give Manchester City a two-goal cushion and silence the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But at the dot of 90 minutes, Rodrygo gave the home side some hope and scored a stunning equaliser just some second later to end the ties 5-5 on aggregate and extra time.

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Karim Benzema then got up after he was upended early in the extra time to score from the penalty spot to make it 3-1 on the night and 6-5 on aggreagate.

It was a remarkable feat for Real Madrid who had a difficult quarter-final against Chelsea and had to dig in in the first leg having gone 3-0 down.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola says Manchester City must “process” their remarkable Champions League semi-final loss to Real Madrid and “come back” as they look to defend their Premier League title.

City had a final spot snatched away from them in Spain as Real scored twice in stoppage time and again in extra time to come back from two goals down.

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They lead Liverpool by a point in the league and face Newcastle on Sunday.

“It is tough for us, I cannot deny,” Guardiola said of Wednesday’s loss.

“We were so close to the Champions League final.

“Now we need to process that and come back, with our people at home and in the last four games we have.”

“In the first half we did not have [the] game, we were not good enough. But we did not suffer much,” Guardiola told BT Sport.

“After we scored the goal we were better. We found our tempo and our game and the players were comfortable. It is not like in the last 10 minutes they attack and attack and you suffer. It didn’t happen.

“They put a lot of players in the box, with Eder Militao, Rodrygo, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema and they put in crosses and scored two goals.

“We didn’t play our best, but it is normal, a semi-final, the players feel the pressure and wanting to do it. Football is unpredictable, it is a game like this. We have to accept it.”


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