Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid: Spanish giants thrash hosts to reach Champions League final


Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking double stunned Champions League holders Bayern Munich and fired Real Madrid to their first final in 12 years.

The Portuguese turned in another European masterclass, scoring his 15th and 16th goals of this season’s campaign, a new record for the competition.

Madrid were in unstoppable form, with Sergio Ramos heading home twice in four minutes to leave Bayern’s hopes in tatters. And before half-time, Ronaldo sealed their trip to Lisbon next month with a classy third on the counter-attack which gave him the record.

A shocked crowd in the Allianz Arena could only watch in awe as Carlo Ancelotti’s side ran riot after having to hang on in the opening 10 minutes under heavy pressure.

On 16 minutes, Ramos struck the first blow from a Luka Modric corner. Ronaldo made a run into the middle of the box and drew the defence as Ramos came soaring in behind him to power a header past Manuel Neuer.

And while Munich were still trying to organise themselves, Ramos struck again. Angel di Maria swung in a free-kick left footed from the right, Pepe head-flicked it on and Ramos reacted brilliantly to head past Neuer again into the right corner.

Munich now required four goals without any further concession, meaning Madrid could afford to soak up their attacks and wait to hit them on the counter.

And 11 minutes before the break, they did just that in devastating fashion. Gareth Bale flicked a pass sideways to Di Maria on the edge of his own box. He then sent a long pass to Karim Benzema in the centre circle whose clever pass infield found the rampaging Bale bursting forward.

The Welshman, who missed an early chance from 40 yards with Neuer out of his goal, showed his pace to surge to the edge of the Bayern box before sliding the ball left to Ronaldo who swept it home first time.

Seven minutes from the interval, Madrid’s great night took a sour twist when Xabi Alonso lunged in behind Bastian Schweinsteiger and picked up a yellow card that ruled him out of the May 24 final.

Predictably, with the result already decided, the second half slowed considerably from the breathless pace of the first 45 minutes.

But in stoppage time, Ronaldo rounded off a remarkable night as Munich lost at home for the first time ever in Europe by four goals. Ronaldo deliberately waited for the wall to jump and then fired his free-kick underneath them from the edge of the box as Madrid comfortably booked their place against either their former manager Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea or bitter city rivals Atletico Madrid.


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