Real Madrid thrash Bayern Munich to reach Champions League final

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Bayern Munich 0 Real Madrid 4 (Agg.0-5)
Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s
ragged defence with a ruthless first-half
display as they thrashed the defending
champions 4-0 in their own stadium to
reach their first Champions League final
for 12 years.
Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0
ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final
second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a
third from a superb break before halftime.
That was his 15th goal of the competition,
a record for a single season, and he
extended the tally to 16 in the 90th minute.
Bayern, treble winners last season, were
never in the hunt as they slumped to a 5-0
aggregate defeat which will leave a huge
stain on coach Pep Guardiola’s previously
enviable record in the competition.
The only negative for Real was a booking
for Xabi Alonso which will rule him out of
the final against either city rivals Atletico
Madrid or Chelsea.
“This was a strong display from us in a
difficult stadium and we are where a team
like Real Madrid should be – at the top,”
Ramos told Spanish television.
Real, champions on a record nine
occasions, had lost four semi-finals, one
quarter-final and six times in the round of
sixteen since their last final appearance in
2002.
Bayern, trailing 1-0 from the first leg, laid
siege to Real’s goal early on while the
crowd attempted to intimidate the
Spaniards by whistling incessantly when
they had possession.
The Bavarians had won eight and drawn
one of their previous nine home games
against Real and needed a good
performance to answer critics who said
their possession game had become dull and
toothless.
But, although Bayern huffed and puffed,
they rarely threatened and there was
always a risk they would concede a killer
away goal.
That arrived in the 16th minute when
Ramos rose unmarked at the far post to
score with a powerful downward header.
Amid general disbelief, Real struck again
four minutes later when Angel di Maria’s
free kick was flicked on by Pepe and Ramos
headed it into the corner.
Bayern lost composure, leaving them wide
open to Real’s ruthless counter-attacks.
That was exactly how the third goal came
with Real breaking from the edge of their
own area to the other end in a matter of
seconds, the move ending with Gareth Bale
feeding Ronaldo to slot past Manuel Neuer.
There was an incredible moment shortly
afterwards when Neuer came racing out of
his goal, and sent his clearance to Ronaldo
who tried to score from 40 metres but saw
his shot fly over.
Bayern’s shaken players got involved in
several petulant exchanges as it was clear
that their period of European dominance
was over.
Guardiola tried to limit the damage after
halftime by replacing his only striker
Mario Mandzukic with defensive
midfielder Javi Martinez.
Arjen Robben produced their best effort
with a shot which curled narrowly wide
just before the hour but Ronaldo had the
last word as Real handed Bayern their
heaviest-ever home defeat in European
competition.
“When you fall behind that quickly, it is
extremely bitter. It is difficult to come back
from that,” Bayern captain Philipp Lahm
told ZDF television.
“Then they showed their qualities with the
quick players.
“It is a bitter disappointment. We set out to
do a lot. We have to be critical now, ask
the questions that need to be asked, if you
lose 1-0 and then 4-0 it is very bitter. The
team is very disappointed. That is clear.”

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