THAT’S why you stay to the end! Madrid fans who left the Bernabeu early are forced to watch their team’s stunning Man City comeback on their MOBILES outside the stadium after hearing the roars as Rodrygo’s goal sparked the turnaround
- Real Madrid looked to be crashing out of the Champions League vs Man City
- But Rodrygo scored two late, late goals to spark a sensational fightback
- Many Madrid fans left the stadium early, thinking that their team were beaten
- They had to watch the rest of the game on their phones after hearing the crowd
The chaos wasn’t confined to the pitch of the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night – there was carnage on the streets around the stadium, too.
Hundreds of Madrid fans walked out with a handful of minutes left against Manchester City. With their team needing two goals to take the Champions League semi-final tie into extra time, they thought it was game over.
How wrong they were. Some incredible footage shows that supporters had barely got outside of the stadium before hearing the roars that met Rodrygo’s first strike – and, of course, the second that rapidly followed.
Riyad Mahrez’s thunderbolt in the 73rd minute looked to have booked City’s place in the final against Liverpool in Paris on May 28. It gave Pep Guardiola’s men a 5-3 aggregate lead with less than 20 minutes to go and if anything, City were threatening a second.
Jack Grealish went close twice, with one effort requiring a scrambling Ferland Mendy to make a goal-line clearance. For some Madrid fans, enough was enough and they walked out.
But if the writing was on the wall, Ancelotti’s men didn’t read what it said. Substitute Rodrygo converted Karim Benzema’s ball across the six-yard box and as the teams returned to the halfway line, the fourth official held up his board to show six minutes of added time.
Real Madrid fans paid the price for leaving the stadium early on Wednesday night – they had to watch the comeback against Manchester City on their phones outside the Bernabeu
Fans had barely left the venue before hearing the roars as Rodrygo sparked the fightback
Real needed just 90 seconds to level the aggregate score – Rodrygo rising highest to head Dani Carvajal’s cross into the back of the net.
It sparked wild scenes in the streets around the Bernabeu, where the roars of the crowd could be heard alongside the infamous ‘Hala Madrid’ chant booming out through the speakers.
Some fans were sprinting down the road and leaping into the air in jubilation, where as others were running back towards the stadium to try and get in for extra-time.
Of course, Real were not done there. Ruben Dias tripped Benzema in the penalty area and the France international picked himself up and sent Ederson the wrong way from 12 yards in the fifth minute of extra-time.
Some fans tried to return to the stadium but their attempts didn’t appear to be successful
It didn’t appear that Real let any fans in – even Darren Fletcher and Steve McManaman on BT Sport commentary remarked how the empty seats looked to remain empty in extra-time.
‘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,’ Ancelotti said after the final whistle.
‘The game was close to finished and we managed to find the last energy we had. We played a good game against a strong rival.
‘When we are able to equalise we had a psychological advantage in extra-time. I have no time to think about this [losing the game]. It was difficult as City had control of the game but the last opportunity we were able to go to extra-time.’
Ironically, some City fans in the Bernabeu could have sounded a word of caution to the Madrid supporters who headed for the exit. Some walked out before City’s late comeback against QPR in May 2012, which culminated in Sergio Aguero’s infamous last-gasp strike that snatched the league from rivals Manchester United.
For those who stayed, they saw one of the all-time great Champions League fightbacks
Substitute Rodrygo scored twice in 90 seconds to stun Man City, who looked set for the final
Karim Benzema completed the turnaround in extra-time, converting from the penalty spot
Another notorious example is George Best getting in a taxi from the Nou Camp before Manchester United’s sensational fightback against Bayern Munich to clinch the treble in 1999.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were a goal down to the German giants when Teddy Sheringham equalised in the 90th minute before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer poked home from close range to wrap up European glory.
And Liverpool, the team awaiting Madrid in the final, have one of their own fabled Champions League fightbacks.
Trailing Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan 3-0 at half-time in the 2005 final in Istanbul before scoring three goals in six second half minutes to haul themselves level before winning on penalties.
Ancelotti now meets Liverpool for third time in a Champions League final. Given the history with both clubs of pulling off a comeback against all the odds, it promises to be an absolute thriller.
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