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From placidity to struggling. From full victories at the beginning of the Champions League (for the third time in its historical past underneath this format) to strolling via the defile within the playoffs. Carlo Ancelotti already mentioned it: “Qualifying for the final was similar to 2022. The first phase, spectacular. And then we started to have problems,” summarized the Italian a couple of journey to London that ran in a straight line till December and with many curves beginning in February. A simile of what can be an thrilling remaining.

B. Dortmund


Gregor Kobel, Julian Ryerson, Ian Maatsen, Hummels, Nico Schlotterbeck, M. Sabitzer, Emre Can (Malen, min. 80), Brandt (Sébastian Haller, min. 80), Jadon Sancho (Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, min. 86) , Karim Adeyemi (Marco Reus, min. 72) and Füllkrug


Real Madrid

Courtois, Nacho, Dani Carvajal, Rüdiger, Ferland Mendy, Federico Valverde, Kroos (Modric, min. 85), Jude Bellingham (Joselu, min. 85), Camavinga, Vinicius Junior (Lucas Vázquez, min. 93) and Rodrygo (Eder Military, min. 90)

Goals 0-1 min. 73: Dani Carvajal. 0-2 min. 82: Vinicius Junior.

Referee Slavko Vincic

Yellow playing cards Vinicius Junior (min. 34), Nico Schlotterbeck (min. 40), M. Sabitzer (min. 43) and Hummels (min. 78)

The Bellingham chupinazo. It all began with Jude Bellingham's targets in harm time, a traditional of this season. Only on this method did Madrid finish the resistance on the Bernabéu from the rookie Unión Berlin. His first flash in an preliminary section during which he scored (4 occasions) and/or assisted (three) within the first 5 European video games he performed. Above all his performances, that of Naples, scoring, delivering targets and directing the sport. “He is 20 years old and looks like he is 30″, Ancelotti concluded in Italy.

Suddenly, Lunin. With the pass to the second round already on track, the season began for Andriy Lunin, the goalkeeper who had been left behind in a corner of Valdebebas. Kepa was injured in the warm-up at home against Braga, the Ukrainian came out, saved a penalty as soon as the match started and no one stopped him (until London). The first preview of his night of glory in Manchester.

Balls to Joselu! “If you have Joselu, you have to focus more,” claimed Carlo Ancelotti after successful the final duel of the group stage in Berlin with a double from the middle ahead. The remaining useful resource that he would find yourself clinging to within the second leg of the semifinals in opposition to Bayern.

Panic on the Bernabéu. An evening that was anticipated to be a transition after the 0-1 in Leipzig led to one among chilly sweats in Chamartín. After Lunin's 9 saves and Brahim's nice aim in Germany in a really uncomfortable match for the whites, the worst had under no circumstances arrived for Carletto's boys. “I may have made a mistake in the eleven, the whistles were deserved. “If I had changed those who were not doing well, I might have also changed the coach,” the coach admitted on the return from the Bernabéu after Leipzig had finished 20 times (34 in the entire match) and that Vinicius, scorer of the goal white, bordered on self-expulsion at the beginning of the second half.

“Tell me about the sea, sailor.” Eighteen City nook kicks within the quarter-final second leg, their document within the Champions League. 33-8 in whole kills. 88-12 in interventions within the rival space. A Madrid so besieged will not be remembered, however, as Ancelotti warned within the following days: “Talk to me about the sea, sailor.” The whites, within the semifinals after a joint protection train that ended with the crowning of the unexpected hero, Andriy Lunin, within the penalty shootout.

Kroos exhibition and goodbye. Toni Kroos' profession in all probability didn’t want a commanding efficiency as spectacular because the one he left within the first leg of the semifinals in Munich, however Madrid did want the most effective of its midfielder to emerge alive from Bayern's preliminary overwhelm. . Less than a month after asserting his goodbye from soccer, the media highlighted one among his most memorable video games. He calmed down his former group and gave Vini a cartographer's help.

Because of Joselu. “I told Joselu that we could already be on vacation and we are here [final de Londres] Because of him,” Ancelotti revealed with amusing earlier than the ultimate assembly. In the second leg of the semifinals, he was the oldest substitute to attain a double in Champions League qualifying rounds (34 years and 42 days). In the 88th minute, Madrid was eradicated after which they ended up spending the quarter-hour of additional time defending due to the striker's two targets in two minutes and 40 seconds. He achieved what Vinicius had not been in a position to obtain in a match that the Brazilian described as the most effective he had performed within the continental event. He upset Kimmich and gave 12 touches within the opponent's space, solely two lower than all of Bayern mixed. But it needed to be Joselu.

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