Carlo Ancelotti will be the first coach to oversee a team in five Champions League finals after Real Madrid’s remarkable comeback against Manchester City.
Ancelotti, who returned to Madrid for a second spell in charge at the end of last season, became the first coach to win all of Europe’s top five leagues when Los Blancos wrapped up their 35th LaLiga title on Saturday.
But it appeared a shot at a double would be evading Madrid when Riyad Mahrez struck in the 73rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu to put City 1-0 up on Wednesday and 5-3 up in the tie.
However, two goals in the space of 91 seconds from Rodrygo restored parity on aggregate to force extra-time and then up stepped Karim Benzema to score from the penalty spot and complete one of the most outrageous comebacks in the competition’s history.
Indeed, Madrid were responsible for another one of those in the last 16, against Paris Saint-Germain, and they also fought back from the brink against Chelsea. Liverpool are up next.
That meeting with the Reds in Paris will be Ancelotti’s history-making fifth Champions League final.
Stats Perform looks at how the other four played out.
5 – Carlo Ancelotti has become the first manager to reach five Champions League finals, surpassing Marcelo Lippi, Sir Alex Ferguson and Jürgen Klopp (four appearances each). Maestro. pic.twitter.com/fqcofBy0Z4
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2003 – Juventus 0-0 Milan (AET, 2-3 on penalties)
Ancelotti first reached the final of UEFA’s elite club competition as a manager 19 years ago, when his Milan team took on fellow Italian giants Juventus at Old Trafford. An infamously dull affair, it ended as a goalless draw after 120 minutes, resulting in a penalty shoot-out. Andriy Shevchenko scored the winning spot-kick.
2005 – Milan 3-3 Liverpool (AET, 2-3 on penalties)
Milan and Ancelotti reached the final again two years later, and it proved a famous night in Istanbul. Milan led through Paolo Maldini and Hernan Crespo’s brace, but Liverpool astonishingly hit back in the second half and then went on to triumph 3-2 in the shoot-out, with Jerzy Dudek – who made an outstanding stop in extra-time – the Reds’ hero.
2007 – Milan 2-1 Liverpool
The Rossoneri were back and out for revenge in 2007, and they got it in Athens. Filippo Inzaghi put Milan 2-0 up, with Durk Kuyt’s late effort not enough to inspire another comeback.
2014 – Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid (AET)
Perhaps Ancelotti’s most famous Champions League triumph to date came in 2014 when, in his first spell at Madrid, he led the club to ‘La Decima’. They were trailing 1-0 to rivals Atletico Madrid until the 93rd minute, when Sergio Ramos struck. Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo wrapped up a runaway victory in extra-time.
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