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Inside Real Madrid’s celebrations as dressing room party breaks out after Man City win

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Inside Real Madrid's celebrations as dressing room party breaks out after Man City win

Real Madrid were on cloud nine after their sensational comeback against Manchester City as wild dressing room celebrations ensued after the full-time whistle.

Pep Guardiola’s side were seemingly in control of the tie after taking a 1-0 lead through Riyad Mahrez until Rodrygo stunned the reigning Premier League champions with two stoppage-time goals to force extra time. The momentum was with Madrid who went on to secure the 3-1 win (6-5 on aggregate) as Karim Benzema scored a penalty to set up a Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris.

The Bernabeu erupted at full-time as Madrid’s stars and coaching staff celebrated on the pitch donning shirts with “A Por La 14” on the back of them – which means “let’s go for No.14” – as they took a lap of honour. And the party continued as they went back to the dressing room as behind-the-scenes footage emerged following the victory.

Marcelo and Ferland Mendy led the celebrations as the players danced the night away with almost every member of the squad getting involved. Luka Modric also took time to pay tribute to fitness coach Antonio Pintus as the midfielder screamed “the Pintus method” as he hugged the Italian.

The conditioning specialist has been heralded for increasing Madrid’s stamina levels which have facilitated a number of late comebacks this season.

Madrid are no strangers to a party after celebrating their La Liga title win at the weekend as they enjoyed a parade through the streets of Spain’s capital. Carlo Ancelotti, who became the first coach to win a league title in Europe’s top five leagues, looked ice cool as he was seen puffing a cigar next to his players.

But the Italian was a little more reserved after the win over City with a final against Liverpool still to come. He was spotted embracing his son, Davide, who is one of his coaches, on the touchline at full-time, as the relief poured out of him after an unlikely comeback.

Ancelotti hailed his squad’s ‘never say die’ mentality as he reflected on a mesmeric night at the Bernabeu.

He said to BT Sport after the match: “I cannot say we are used to living this kind if life, but what happened tonight it happened against Chelsea and also against PSG. If you have to say why, it is the history of this club that helps us to keep going when it seems that we are gone.

“The game was close to finished and we managed to find the last energy we had. We played a good game against a strong rival. When we are able to equalise we had a psychological advantage in extra-time. I have no time to think about this [losing the game]. It was difficult as City had control of the game but the last opportunity we were able to go to extra-time.

On playing Liverpool in the final, Ancelotti said: “I am happy to be there in the final, in Paris against another great rival. We are used to it. It will be a fantastic game for football.”

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U.S. swimmer Alvarez saved from drowning by coach at world championships in Budapest (Photos)

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Anita Alvarez loses consciousness in pool at world championships in Budapest

American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was in danger of drowning after losing consciousness in the pool at the world championships in Budapest before being rescued by her coach Andrea Fuentes.

Spaniard Fuentes, a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming, jumped into the pool after she saw Alvarez sink to the bottom at the end of her solo free final routine.

She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

It was the second time Fuentes has had to rescue Alvarez after she leapt into the pool during an Olympic qualification event last year and pulled her to safety along with the American’s swim partner Lindi Schroeder.

“Anita is much better, she is already at her best. It was a good scare, to be honest,” Fuentes told Spanish newspaper Marca.

“I jumped into the water again because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was jumping in. I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine. She has to rest.”

In a statement on the US Artistic Swimming Instagram page, Fuentes said 25-year-old Alvarez would be assessed by doctors on Thursday before a decision was made on her participation in Friday’s team event.

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A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA's Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
A member of Team USA (R) swims to recover USA’s Anita Alvarez (L), from the bottom of the pool.
USA's Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
USA’s Anita Alvarez is recovered from the bottom of the pool by a team member after the incident.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.
She was given medical attention beside the pool before being taken away on a stretcher.

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Serie A: Pogba agrees deal with Juventus

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Juventus have reached an agreement in principle to sign Paul Pogba, according to Sky Italia.

Pogba is a free agent after leaving Manchester United this summer.

It is believed that small details of the contract are being sorted out. It will either be a four-year contract or a three-year deal with an option for a further year.

Pogba will officially sign the contract at the start of July.

The move to Juventus would mark a return to a club where Pogba spent four years before rejoining United in 2016.

Manchester City also made a bid to sign Pogba from their bitter rivals, but the player opted against it and has now gone back to Italy.

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season confirmed

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LaLiga fixtures for 2022/2023 season

The LaLiga fixture list for the 2022/2023 season was released by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Thursday.

Real Madrid will open their campaign with a trip to newly promoted Almeria, while Barcelona are home to Rayo Vallecano.

The two rivals will face off in the first Clasico on the weekend of October 16.

The game on Match Day 9, will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium, with the return fixture at Barcelona’s Camp Nou taking place on the weekend of March 19, 2023.

Atletico Madrid, who finished third last season, begin the season away at Getafe while Sevilla, who finished fourth in the final Champions League spot, will travel to Osasuna.

The 2022/23 LaLiga season will begin on the weekend of August 14, 2022, and end on the weekend of June 4, 2023.

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