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Rodrygo Was Offered Match Winning Penalty To Complete His Hat-Trick

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Rodrygo Was Offered Match Winning Penalty To Complete His Hat-Trick

Karim Benzema scored the all important penalty to take Real Madrid into the Champions League final, but the striker first asked Rodrygo if he fancied it.

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It has been a hell of a year so far for Benzema, with his goals previously securing wins against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea on the way to the semi final against Manchester City.

He then showed he had ice in his veins in the first leg at the Etihad with a Panenka down the middle of the goal to make it 4-3, just days after missing two penalties against Osasuna.

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In the second leg on Wednesday, the Frenchman was yet again at the heart of things when it came down to the clutch moments in the game.

He set up Rodrygo for the first goal and then won the penalty in extra time, that would turn out to be the winner, before stepping up to take it he offered it up.

Footage from El Golazo De Gol showed the 34-year-old ask 'you want?' to Rodrygo, in order to help the Brazilian complete his hat-trick, and, once his teammate turned the offer down, Benzema then got in the zone and slotted the penalty into the corner.

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Carlo Ancelotti's team had chances to take the lead on the night in the first 45 minutes of the game, but had left Ederson untroubled between the sticks.

Benzema headed a chance over the bar and Los Blancos didn't look to be in the clinical mood they'd been in Manchester eight days earlier.

City were on top in the second half and Riyad Mahrez's brilliant strike looked to have won the match, and the tie, with just 17 minutes left.

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Benzema then turned Eduardo Camavina's cross into the path of Rodrygo, who got ahead of Ederson to score, before the Brazilian scored again, with Arsene Wenger blaming Jack Grealish for the goal.

Benzema celebrates his penalty. Image: PA Images
Benzema celebrates his penalty. Image: PA Images

In extra time it was Benzema who got brought down in the box, with Aymeric Laporte tripping the former Lyon striker, before stepping up to take the spot kick, this time deciding against the Panenka.

There's no doubt that he could be the deciding factor in Paris on May 28th, when Real meet Liverpool in the final, and a Ballon d'Or may await him come October.

Featured Image Credit: El Golazo De Gol

Topics: Real Madrid, Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Champions League, La Liga, Manchester City

Ryan Sidle
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