Real Madrid reached the 2022 Champions League final after a miracle 3-1 (6-5 aggregate) win over Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The hosts looked on their way out of the competition after City took a lead with less than 20 minutes remaining, giving them a two-goal advantage, as they led 5-3 on aggregate.
However, two late goals from Rodrygo turned the confrontation on its head, forcing the team’s fans to spend more time.
Karim Benzema then scored the winning penalty, his 15th of the season, in overtime to send Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the Paris final in their 17th appearance.
The 34-year-old also became the fourth player to score in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
He joined a list that includes Eden Dzeko (2017/18, Roma), Fernando Morientes (2003/04, Monaco), and Neymar (2014/15, Barcelona).
His goal against City also saw him level with Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski – tied for third, only preceded by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
🇫🇷 Karim Benzema has scored 43 goals in 43 games this season ⚽️#UCL pic.twitter.com/VJ6IMbwF8L
UEFA Champions League May 4, 2022
Benzema has so far scored 43 goals in many matches and helped Real Madrid lift the League, making him the favorite for the Ballon d’Or.