What an incredible night in Madrid..
Former Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman has explained how his former side’s incredible Champions League fightback left him ‘dumbstruck’, as Pep Guardiola’s side were dumped out of the competition.
Riyad Mahrez looked as if he secured Manchester City’s place in the Paris finale, but an incredible brace from Rodrygo set the wheels in motion for an unbelievable finish to the game.
Karim Benzema’s spot-kick ended up being the winner, after the French international was felled by Ruben Dias in the Manchester City penalty area.
“I never get lost for words most of the time, but I was dumbstruck up there..”
Speaking after the game, however, McManaman revealed how he was lost for words after the game came to a close in the Spanish capital, while on commentary duty for BT Sport.
“I never get lost for words most of the time, but I was dumbstruck up there,” he explains. “In the 90th minute, there was no attempts on target, and Manchester City were cruising through.
Another night for the Champions League history books!
Heartbreak for Man City. Jubilation for Real Madrid.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 4, 2022
“And then that happened.. The second goal was an amazing goal by Rodrygo. It comes off Ascensio’s head, and he still gets up..
“To then go on and win it.. It jst beggars belief really. After what we saw against PSG and Chelsea, but for them to do it tonight, when they were out. All the good and experienced players were off the field, and to get the result..
“I think it is an incredible feat to do that.”
Real Madrid v Man City.
For City, the defeat will particularly sting given their prior history in the competition.
Pep Guardiola’s side were defeated in last year’s decider by Chelsea in Porto, and have now been dumped out of another Champions League semi-final.
Not our night.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 4, 2022
They do have an opportunity to make amends in the Premier League although, as they chase another league title, as they continue to battle it out with Liverpool for the title.