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Spot-on Bayern edge Madrid thriller to reach final

Published: Wednesday 25 April 2012, 23.45CET
Real Madrid CF 2-1 FC Bayern München (agg: 3-3, Bayern win 3-1 on penalties)
Bastian Schweinsteiger struck the winning spot kick to take Bayern through to a home final.
by Paul Bryan
from Santiago Bernabéu

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Match statistics

Real MadridBayern

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
9
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners5
 
5
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
27
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 April 2012, 23.45CET

Spot-on Bayern edge Madrid thriller to reach final

Real Madrid CF 2-1 FC Bayern München (agg: 3-3, Bayern win 3-1 on penalties)
Bastian Schweinsteiger struck the winning spot kick to take Bayern through to a home final.

FC Bayern München have achieved their dream of reaching the 2012 UEFA Champions League final on home soil, against Chelsea FC, after ousting Real Madrid CF on penalties following 210 minutes of an enthralling semi-final.

Bastian Schweinsteiger converted the decisive spot kick, though Manuel Neuer's superb saves to deny Cristiano Ronaldo and Kakà were just as crucial. David Alaba and Mario Gomez converted for Bayern before Iker Casillas denied Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm to drag Madrid back level. Yet when Sergio Ramos fired his penalty high over the bar, Schweinsteiger had the chance to seal it – he did not disappoint, giving his side an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Bayern's celebrations were understandably spirited; how different their emotions had been after 14 minutes, by which time their 2-1 first-leg advantage had become a 3-2 deficit. Ronaldo did the damage as the hosts burst out of the blocks, scoring twice, the first a penalty. The Bundesliga visitors regrouped and Arjen Robben's own spot kick before the half-hour ultimately set up the dramatic conclusion.

It had been all Madrid in those opening skirmishes, with Xabi Alonso and Ángel Di María linking up well down the right. The breakthrough came with a cross from the other flank by Marcelo, however, which was met by Di María's volley and struck the hand of Alaba. A booking followed, ruling the Bayern defender out of a possible final – Luiz Gustavo and Holger Badstuber would suffer a similar fate.

Ronaldo sent Neuer the wrong way with his 25th consecutive successful spot kick for the club – what he would have given for No26? Bayern should have equalised when former Madrid man Robben skied a shot over from point-blank range after connecting with Alaba's excellent centre. Casillas was forced into action soon after, spilling Gomez's low drive and looking on in relief as Álvaro Arbeloa cleared off Franck Ribéry's toe.

The pace continued unabated and the nine-time European champions soon made it 2-0 on the night. Looking to clear under pressure from Khedira, Kroos inadvertently skewed the ball into Mesut Özil's path, and the playmaker teed up Ronaldo to rifle in his tenth UEFA Champions League goal in as many games this season.

A 90th-minute effort from Gomez earned Jupp Heynckes's side victory last week and the striker was again in the thick of it as Bayern replied here, being pushed over by Pepe to win the penalty. Casillas reached Robben's effort from the spot but could only tip it onto the post and in, and momentum gradually shifted in the visiting team's favour.

After the break and the hosts were thankful that Casillas was quickest to the ball after Robben burst clean through on goal. As extra time beckoned Gomez fluffed a chance to settle the tie when – with the goal at his mercy – he miscontrolled, allowing Ramos to make a saving challenge. Gomez made no mistake when it really mattered, however; nor did Bayern, and Chelsea now await on 19 May.

Last updated: 27/11/12 19.35CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

bayern

Bayern

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card26
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution95 ET
4
RamosSergio Ramos
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal27
Yellow Card90
6
KhediraSami Khedira
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal6
Goal14
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution106 ET
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Yellow Card5
10
ÖzilMesut Özil
Substitution111 ET
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
Yellow Card104 ET
12
MarceloMarcelo
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card102 ET
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Yellow Card59
33
GomezMario Gomez
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution75
39
KroosToni Kroos

Substitutes

13
AdánAntonio Adán (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
8
KakáKaká
Substitution75
11
OlićIvica Olić
11
GraneroEsteban Granero
Substitution111 ET
Yellow Card115 ET
13
RafinhaRafinha
15
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution95 ET
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Substitution106 ET
26
ContentoDiego Contento
21
CallejónJosé Callejón
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

Gabor Erös (HUN), György Ring (HUN)

Fourth official

Mihaly Fabian (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

István Vad (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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