Vinicius was on a one-man mission to bring Madrid back into the game, and he was sent off twice. Belgian referee Lawrence Visser was not called to the pitch side monitor the first time he waved aside appeals. On the second occasion, he was, and he pointed to Edmund Addo's lunge. Benzema's penalty into the top corner, as well as Ancelotti's adjustments a few minutes later, were powerful.
Carlo Ancelotti removed both fullbacks off the pitch and replaced them with midfielders Camavinga and Valverde. Toni Kroos and Luca Modric were brought into the midfield, while Rodrygo and Luca Jovic were brought in to replace Hazard and Casemiro. It was an all-out assault. This ultimately created openings in the defense, and it was the offside flag that rescued Madrid when Bruno scored from close range on 72 minutes.
The home team's following attempt nearly put them ahead. In a crowded penalty area, Benzema and Modric found one other, but when the Croatian let fly, the inspired Athanasiadis saved with his face. Vinicius then teed up Rodrygo, but he leaned back and squandered the opportunity. He'd been outstanding, and Benzema had surpassed Raul as the competition's fourth best scorer by scoring in his 17th different Champions League match - a new record. However, they would both lose in the end.
With two minutes remaining, Jovic had an opportunity to score from Rodrgyo's cross, but he failed to beat man-of-the-match Athanasiadis inside the six-yard box. Sheriff, on the other hand, went down the other end and scored the game-winner with their final assault. Despite seven minutes of extra time, they held on for a memorable victory, falling to their knees at the final whistle, with hero Athanasiadis hugged by each of his ecstatic teammates.
'It's the Champions League,' acknowledged Madrid director Emilio Butragueno, 'and all the games are difficult.' 'We only took one of our numerous opportunities, while they scored on virtually all of theirs.' What are your thoughts on this matter? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Please like, share and help News.info20 reach 4 000 followers. Thank you.
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