Champions League Final Preview

Andrew Tunley, Staff Writer

 

The two Champions League Semi-finals have come to a conclusion, as Liverpool and Real Madrid have qualified for the Champions League Final. It is going to be played on May 28. Both teams embarked on dramatic comebacks, giving fans  two great games that will be remembered for years to come. 

 

The first game had Liverpool take on Villareal in the 2nd Leg.  Liverpool entered the game with a two goal lead. It did not take long for Villreal to close the gap, as Boulaye Dia put the ball in the back of the net just three minutes into the game. One goal ahead, Villareal scored again to make the lead 2-0 and tie the aggregate, 2-2. Heading into halftime with the aggregate tied 2-2 and the game 2-0, it was Villareal’s game to lose, as they were at home with all the momentum.

 

Even with the momentum, Liverpool came roaring back in the second half. Fabinho gave Liverpool the aggregate lead with a score, followed by a Luis Diaz goal five minutes later. Sadio Mane put the game out of reach, with a goal in the 74th minute. The game ended with a 3-2 Liverpool victory, which made the aggregate 5-2 in favor of Liverpool. This puts Liverpool one win away from their seventh Champions League title. 

 

Following the Liverpool victory, Real Madrid and Manchester City faced off in Madrid, with Manchester City owning the 4-3 aggregate lead. A relatively uneventful first half led to a 73rd minute goal by Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez, which many people thought would put the game out of reach for Madrid. Manchester City had many chances that they couldn’t convert, yet owned much of the possession and momentum. Real Madrid did not want their Champions League Final hopes to end though, as Rodrygo put in a Karim Benzema cross in the 89th minute to cut the aggregate lead back down to one. With added time, Madrid  would have just a few minutes to try to extend the game to overtime. Less than two minutes later, Rodrygo put the ball in the back of the net to tie the aggregate. In extra time, Karim Benzema would convert a penalty kick to give Madrid the lead, and they would hold on to qualify for their seventeenth Champions League crown.

 

The Champions League Final between Liverpool and Real Madrid will be played in France in a winner-take-all game on Saturday, May 28. Liverpool, who many people consider to be unproven so far, will be able to square off against Real Madrid, who others consider to have had a tougher path to the final.