Another Champions League game for the ages, but this one so intimately influenced by the weight of history.
Real Madrid believed they could do the impossible. Manchester City feared the inevitable. That is only way to explain another incredible night in this competition. It’s the only way to read yet another spectacular Madrid comeback, and another cataclysmic Pep Guardiola collapse.
It all built up to this astonishing tie’s climax, infusing it with even more emotion. The faces at the end said so much, and more than the details.
Those details are that Carlo Ancelotti’s side came back from 1-0 down in the 90th minute to win 3-1, and make it 6-5 on aggregate, as well as reach a 17th Champions League final for the club. They will now be looking to ensure a record 13 becomes a remarkable 14, and stop Liverpool winning a seventh.
It also prevents a fourth all-English final, and prolongs Guardiola’s agony in this competition.
That was the thing about those details, though. The reality was something else.
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