Real Madrid versus Manchester City . Miraculous local victory to reach the final . The emotional game of the year? Perhaps, although in a 2022 with a World Cup it is somewhat hasty to rush sentences. At a minimum, it was a Champions League crossoverthat no one wanted to miss. No one, literally: even Burrito Ortega was present at the Santiago Bernabéu!
Yes, Ariel Arnaldo was located in one of the boxes of the Madrid stadium , the seat of River’s greatest joy in the victory against Boca in the historic and epic final of the Libertadores on 12/9/18. And he did not do it alone: he accompanied the Argentine journalist Mina Bonino, a partner of the Uruguayan Federico Valverde, a Uruguayan midfielder for Real Madrid.
A text that was accompanied by a selfie in which Ortega is also seen with his thumb up , dressed in a black hoodie and a mane that does not avoid gray hair. On Instagram, meanwhile, the Quilmeña journalist also replied to the photo with a similar message: “As we were not going to go to the final if I had the talisman next to me.”
A love that does not hide
There is great admiration on the part of Mina for Ortega . Her fanaticism for River was explicit, for example, on March 4, 2019: on that occasion, Bonino had dedicated an affectionate birthday message to Burrito. But I always miss you. Happy birthday, Ariel. The last idol” , she had posted.
In that March 2019 precisely Mina Bonino and Federico Valverde confirmed a romance that has been going on for three long years. As a result of that love -which was born after several chats- Benicio was born on February 20, 2020.
The goals of Real Madrid’s comeback against City
Epic Champions League match at the Bernabéu: Real Madrid eliminates Manchester City and goes to the final
Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the grand final of the tournament on May 28. In 2018, both clubs disputed the trophy, with a merengue victory of 3-1.
When Real Madrid was practically eliminated, the Brazilian Rodrygo came from the bench and, with two goals in two minutes, sent the semifinal match against Manchester City to overtime.
The merengue miracle materialized, in the first extra time, with a penalty scored in favor of Karim Benzema, who sealed the historic 3-1 somersault from eleven steps (6-5 overall).
The first goal of those led by Pep Guardiola came in the 73rd minute courtesy of Riyad Mahrez, after a great definition in which the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could not do anything, leaving the partial score 1-0.
The white team did not show a quick reaction, however, with the changes sent by Carlo Ancelotti, including Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo and Marco Asensio, the team’s performance clearly improved.
It wasn’t until the 90th minute when Rodrygo finally scored and revived Madrid’s hope. A minute later, at 90+1, the Brazilian himself appeared again, this time with a header, which tied the aggregate 5-5 and forced extra time.
From that moment on, the Whites were superior emotionally and footballingly, which was reflected in the 95th minute, when Karim Benzema scored a penalty, which would ultimately mean the epic comeback.
Real Madrid will face Liverpool in the grand final of the tournament on May 28 at the Saint-Denis stadium in France. In 2018, both clubs played the final, with a merengue victory of 3-1.