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Masterful Madrid end Bayern reign

Published: Tuesday 29 April 2014, 22.51CET
FC Bayern München 0-4 Real Madrid CF (agg: 0-5)
Two early Sergio Ramos goals, plus Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking 15th and 16th of the season, earned Madrid a 13th final.
by Andy James
from Fußball Arena München

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Match statistics

BayernReal Madrid

Goals scored0
4
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts19
 
13
on target10
 
7
off target9
 
6
blocked6
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
3
Offsides0
3
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
13
Passes822
 
414
completed679
 
281

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 29 April 2014, 22.51CET

Masterful Madrid end Bayern reign

FC Bayern München 0-4 Real Madrid CF (agg: 0-5)
Two early Sergio Ramos goals, plus Cristiano Ronaldo's record-breaking 15th and 16th of the season, earned Madrid a 13th final.

Real Madrid CF reached the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in 12 years as a scintillating second-leg display at FC Bayern München secured an emphatic aggregate victory.

After three consecutive semi-final defeats, the visiting fans were in raptures as Sergio Ramos twice headed in early on, before Cristiano Ronaldo's record 15th goal in this season's competition all but ended the tie by the break. Ronaldo added his second late on to complete Bayern's heaviest home defeat in Europe and, more importantly, bring Madrid's Décima dream to within one match of reality.

Many had predicted these two sides would contest the final and the atmosphere was certainly befitting of the showpiece as the players were greeted by an breathtaking mosaic spanning the entire crowd. However, the home fans soon sensed danger as Manuel Neuer came hurtling out of his box and barely connected with his header. Gareth Bale reacted quickest, but his first-time lob sailed over the unguarded net.

That relief soon turned to dismay for the Bayern fans, though, as Ramos broke the deadlock with a powerful header from Luka Modrić's right-wing corner on 16 minutes. It was deja vu four minutes later as Ramos doubled his and Madrid's tally, this time diving to connect with Pepe's flick on from another set piece from the right, Àngel Di María this time supplying the perfect delivery.

Shellshocked, Bayern pressed but remained susceptible to their visitors' rapid counterattacks. Ronaldo threatened to increase the deficit but shot wide after racing through. The FIFA Ballon d'Or winner would not be denied on 34 minutes, however, as Karim Benzema sent Bale racing clear of the Bayern defence and the Welshman unselfishly squared for the Portuguese to slot under Neuer, setting a new mark for a single European Cup season in the process.

It was the kind of transitional play the hosts had prepared for, yet by the interval their dreams of becoming the first team to defend the title in the UEFA Champions League era were in tatters. Madrid, on the other hand, were beaming after a first half in which the only sour note was a yellow card for Xabi Alonso which rules him out of the final.

Four goals up on aggregate, the Merengues could afford to soak up the pressure in the second half. Arjen Robben curled narrowly wide and Franck Ribéry's low drive drew a save from Iker Casillas, but the visitors rarely looked in danger and Ronaldo's low free-kick in the 90th minute added gloss to an already impressive scoreline as Madrid reached their 13th European Cup final, their first since they claimed their ninth title in 2002.

Last updated: 01/05/14

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Lineups

bayern

Bayern

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
4
DanteDante
Yellow Card17
3
PepePepe
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution72
4
RamosSergio Ramos
Goal16
Goal20
Substitution75
9
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Substitution46
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
10
RobbenArjen Robben
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal34
Goal90
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution80
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
11
BaleGareth Bale
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution72
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card38
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
39
KroosToni Kroos
22
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Substitution84

Substitutes

32
RaederLukas Raeder (GK)
25
Diego LópezDiego López (GK)
5
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
Substitution75
8
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution46
12
MarceloMarcelo
13
RafinhaRafinha
16
CasemiroCasemiro
Substitution84
14
PizarroClaudio Pizarro
Substitution72
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
19
GötzeMario Götze
Substitution72
23
IscoIsco
Substitution80
34
HøjbjergPierre Højbjerg
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi

Coach

Josep Guardiola (ESP) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Soares (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Duarte Gomes (POR), João Capela (POR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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