Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti survived a thrilling European night at the Santiago Bernabeu as his side beat Manchester City 3-1 (6-5 on aggregate) to book the Champions League final with Liverpool.
Los Blancos looked dead and buried when Riyad Mahrez gave City the lead in the 73rd minute, 5-3 on aggregate, but they prevailed thanks to Rodrygo’s late brace to force City into extra time.
Karim Benzema, who has been in great shape this season, scored a penalty in overtime to give the hosts the win, sending them to the Final 17.
It will be Ancelotti’s fifth final, the highest in the competition’s history.
The Italians are turning away from Marcelo Lippi, Sir Alex Ferguson, Miguel Nuñoz and Jurgen Klopp, whose side Liverpool awaits in the Paris final.
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UEFA Champions League May 4, 2022
This comes a few days after he reached another milestone when Real Madrid were crowned La Liga champions.
By doing so, Ancelotti became the first coach to win all of the top five trophies in Europe.
It will be a repeat of the 2018 final in which Real Madrid beat the Reds led by Klopp 3-1 to win the title.