Watch: Rudiger’s valuable input on ex-teammate’s penalty helps Lunin make crucial save in RM vs MCI shootout

Watch: Rudiger’s valuable input on ex-teammate’s penalty helps Lunin make crucial save in RM vs MCI shootout

Following Bayern Munich's victory against Arsenal, Carlo Ancelotti's team is now prepared to face the German powerhouse in the semifinals

Antonio Rudiger played a crucial role in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League victory over Manchester City, helping teammate and goalkeeper Andriy Lunin in a vital penalty save. Despite Manchester City coming into the draw as favourites, Rudiger’s strategic insight proved decisive, propelling Madrid into the semi-finals.

Antonio Rudiger signals Lunin during Kovacic’s Penalty

During the penalty shootout, Rudiger signalled to Lunin the direction in which Mateo Kovacic was likely to shoot, helping the Ukrainian goalkeeper to make a crucial save. Rudiger’s connection with Kovacic dates back to their time together at Chelsea, where they shared the pitch as teammates.

His understanding of Kovacic’s tendencies proved invaluable in this high-pressure scenario. This moment of teamwork and communication highlighted Rudiger’s astuteness on the field.

Following Lunin’s save, Luka Modric acknowledged Rudiger’s contribution with a tap of appreciation. Rudiger, in turn, celebrated passionately before calmly converting the decisive penalty moments later.

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Throughout the match, Rudiger demonstrated leadership and resilience in Real Madrid’s defence, keeping Manchester City’s formidable attack at bay with a stellar performance.

Real Madrid vs Man City: RECAP

In the thrilling quarter-final clash, Real Madrid secured victory over Manchester City with a 4-3 win on penalties after a 1-1 draw on aggregate. Despite statistical dominance from Manchester City, including 920 passes and 68% possession, Real Madrid’s clinical display ensured their progression to the semi-finals.

Kevin De Bruyne’s goal for Manchester City in the 76th minute wasn’t enough to secure victory, as Rodrygo’s strike for Real Madrid in the 12th minute proved decisive. Again, The tense encounter underscored Madrid’s ability to perform under pressure and capitalize on crucial moments to secure a victory.

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