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Karim Benzema offered Rodrygo the decisive penalty against Manchester City



Karim Benzema’s epic legend was established on the Wednesday night when his decisive penalty snatched the victory right out of Manchester City’s jaws in the added minute of the semi-final clash.

For someone to bear the pressure of the situation, what you need is a composed head on the shoulder. The penalty certainly sent Ederson Moares the wrong way, but the story could have been entirely different if what El Golazo de Gol is saying is true.

According to what the aforementioned outlet says, Benzema offered Rodrygo to take the all-important penalty since the 21-year-old Brazilian was on a hat-trick.

Rodrygo’s substitution came at an expense of Toni Kross in the 68th minute, with the team still reeling to find a breakthrough.

Five minutes later, however, City opened the scoring through Riyad Mahrez and just when it all seemed lost, Madrid rose from the ashes to score two goals in as many minutes.

The likes of Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio played their part in the build-up, while Rodrygo proved out to be the impact sub Carlo Ancelotti was hoping to bring.

With the teams now level on aggregate score, the game headed in the added minutes and the crowd went into a sheer frenzy when Karim Benzema was brought down in the penalty area.

Referee was quick to point to the spot and Benzema indeed delivered, but his first words were to offer Rodrygo a chance to complete his Real Madrid hat-trick.

Given the gravity of the situation, however, Rodrygo rejected the chance and the Frenchman was tasked to do the honour and he did it with mere perfection.

The veteran forward, who scored his 15th goal of the ongoing Champions League campaign, calmly slotted a powerful penalty to his right while Ederson jumped on the other side.

Something extraordinary panned out in front of a rapturous Bernabeu crowd, but one cannot deny the sheer delirium of even those watching on their TV sets, as Madrid made their way to another UCL final and in some extraordinary style.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report



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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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