August 15, 2022

Carragher was never letting this one go

And so, Real Madrid – not Manchester City – will face Liverpool in the Champions League final later this month after a spectacular climax in the Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

With 90 minutes played in Madrid, it looked for all the world that Pep Guardiola’s side were on the brink of reaching their second Champions League final on the bounce.

Having beaten Madrid 4-3 at home a week ago, Riyad Mahrez’s goal had given City a two-goal lead on aggregate. Carlo Ancelotti’s team hadn’t even managed a single shot on goal.

Then it happened. Two quick-fire stoppage time goals from Rodrygo pulled the newly crowned Spanish champions level, sending the game to extra-time, where a Karim Benzema penalty settled the contest.

Richards had seen the funny side of Liverpool’s scare in Villarreal the previous night

It was an absolute sickener for City, especially after Jack Grealish had nearly put the game beyond doubt before Madrid’s incredible comeback.

Madrid will now face Liverpool, who avoided a scare of their own in Spain the previous night.

Having beaten Villarreal 2-0 at Anfield, a spirited first-half display by Unai Emery’s side saw Jurgen Klopp’s men pegged back to 2-2 on aggregate. Liverpool overcame the setback after the interval, but Jamie Carragher – on punditry duty for CBS Sport – was clearly worried.

Co-pundits Thierry Henry and former City player Micah Richards clearly saw the funny side to it, as the footage below shows.

Carragher was quick to tweet his colleague

A little over 24 hours later, Richards almost certainly wasn’t laughing after watching his old team crumble in the final minutes.

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Carragher was quick to remind his co-pundit of what had happened at half-time the previous night, @-ing Richards in on his quote tweet of the footage above. Ouch.

The setback for City means the wait for a first European Cup goes on. They can, however, deny Liverpool a quadruple by winning their remaining Premier League fixtures.

The challenge for Guardiola will be picking his team up after such a devastating defeat.

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