Video Shows Antonio Rudiger Telling Andriy Lunin Where to Dive Before Saving Kovacic Penalty

Video Shows Antonio Rudiger Telling Andriy Lunin Where to Dive Before Saving Kovacic Penalty

Isaac Darko
updated at April 18, 2024 at 6:41 AM
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  • Antonio Rudiger appeared to tell Andriy Lunin which way Mateo Kovacic would shoot
  • The Real Madrid goalkeeper followed Rudiger's instructions and saved from Kovacic
  • Rudiger celebrated wildly after his former Chelsea teammate was denied from 12 yards

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Antonio Rudiger seemed to indicate to Andriy Lunin the direction Mateo Kovacic would aim his penalty before the goalkeeper made a crucial save, aiding Real Madrid in their victory over Manchester City on Wednesday night.

A video captures the defender urgently pointing to his left, signalling the goalkeeper's right, just moments before his former Chelsea teammate stepped up to take his penalty kick.

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Mateo Kovacic misses a penalty in a shootout during the Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Chris Brunskill.
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In a tense moment that was caught on camera, Lunin responded to Rudiger's guidance by diving low to his right, successfully blocking Kovacic's attempt.

This pivotal moment secured victory for the 14-time European champions, propelling them to the semi-finals following a 1-1 draw in the second leg, which extended to 120 minutes, per Skysports.

Following Lunin's heroics, Luka Modric was observed embracing Rudiger, who celebrated exuberantly before proceeding to take the decisive penalty kick a few minutes later.

Initially trailing in the shootout after Modric's penalty was saved by Ederson, Manchester City's advantage was short-lived as Bernardo Silva's poor effort sailed directly into Lunin's hands.

That crucial save marked the pivotal moment in the shootout, propelling Madrid to score their final four penalty kicks and secure a spot in the semi-finals.

Kevin De Bruyne's 76th-minute strike failed to secure the victory, as Rodrygo's 12th-minute goal for Real Madrid proved decisive.

Despite the English champions' dominance in passing with a staggering 920 passes and 68% possession, the Spanish giants' clinical defensive display ultimately secured their triumph.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are set to encounter Bayern Munich in the last four, following the German giants' 3-2 aggregate victory over Arsenal, per Eurosport.

Who are the Champions League semi-finalists?

Sports Brief examines the Champions League semi-finalists for this year.

Real Madrid secured their spot by defeating Manchester City 4-3 in a penalty shootout on Wednesday, marking their return to the semi-finals.

Joining them are six-time champions Bayern Munich, French titleholders Paris Saint-Germain, and 1997 victors Borussia Dortmund.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)