On 4 May, Real Madrid won their ticket to the Stade de France after beating Manchester City at Santiago-Bernabeu in the second leg of the Champions League (3–1) semi-final. Ten days later, The Indian Paper graces this magical evening as always with new images, and more often than not when it comes to Merengue, a French hero.
Pep Guardiola was warned. The Catalan coach saw Real Madrid and Karim Benzema beat PSG in a matter of minutes in early March. He saw Real Madrid and Karim Benzema shower Chelsea’s dreams with two talents in mid-April. But Pep Guardiola couldn’t do anything.
On 4 May, Manchester City thought they were the team that would finish Madrid’s Champions League this season. The epic was beautiful, the twist was exciting, but the Skyblues, models of technical and tactical mastery, were the grave-diggers of Spanish hope.
Winning 4–3 in the first leg, the English team had the hardest part of the comeback, opening the scoring in the 73rd minute on a brilliant strike from Riyad Mahrez on the lawns of Santiago-Bernabeu. Thus in the 80th minute of play, City almost qualified for the final. That too in 89th place. And then… and then the magic of Madrid worked. still.
People’s confidence, goalscorer’s experience
Magic, or faith, this way of believing in oneself, of believing in the impossible. Real snatched the extension on Rodrigo’s two flashes in the space of two minutes (90th, 91st).
The rest was written roughly: Karim Benzema, the French hero, Merengue hero, received a punishment, offered it to his young Brazilian companion, who refused the offering, and looked after it as if he were the former (95th ) was the new owner. 3-1, a third return for Real, who will join Liverpool in the Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May.
With its film “Eternity”, The Indian Paper invites you to re-live the highlights of this meeting, but also to discover new images, untapped angles and scenes of incomparable bliss.