August 14, 2022

The internet never forgets

Real Madrid – not Manchester City – will face Liverpool in the Champions League final in Paris. City’s spectacular late collapse in the Bernabeu will give those connected with the club nightmares for some time to come – Jack Grealish, perhaps, more than most.

Things had looked good for City when Grealish came on to replace Gabriel Jesus in the second half. Riyad Mahrez had just put them ahead on the night, extending their aggregate lead to 5-3.

Madrid looked beaten, having failed to register a shot, with City pressing to score another goal to well and truly kill the tie.

Two chances fell to Grealish. Cutting inside from the City left, the first was cleared off the line while a second drew a save from Thibaut Courtois – the faintest of touches from his boot enough to divert it wide of the post.

Real Madrid stunned City with late, late comeback

Then, within the space of two minutes, things began to fall apart.

Substitute Rodrygo quickly scored two as the game entered stoppage time. That sent the game to extra time where Karim Benzema, relatively quiet throughout the game, won and scored a penalty to give Madrid the lead. That was the final goal of the contest.

Old Grealish tweet emerges

After the game, an eight-year-old tweet from Grealish quickly racked up retweets and shares. Sent on April 23, 2014 – the night Real faced Bayern Munich in another Champions League semi-final – Grealish, who had been a teenager hoping to force his way into the Aston Villa team at the time, had posted ‘Hala Madrid!!!’

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The tweet was quickly taken down – either by Grealish or whoever is responsible for running his social media accounts.

City must now turn their attention to the league, where they hold a slender one-point lead over Liverpool with four games to play.

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