Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid (0-5 aggregate)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking brace helped fire Real Madrid in to their first UEFA Champions League final since 2002 after comprehensively beating holders Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final clash on Tuesday.
Sergio Ramos scored two headers from set pieces within four first-half minutes at the Allianz Arena before Ronaldo broke Lionel Messi’s 2011/12 record for most goals in a Champions League season with his 34th-minute strike.
The Portugal international capped off the imperious victory with his second goal – his 16th of the European campaign – one minute from time.
The win keeps alive Madrid’s hopes of securing their 10th title in Lisbon next month where they will face either Chelsea or Atlético Madrid.
After Karim Benzema’s strike had given Carlo Ancelotti’s Madrid side a 1-0 first-leg victory at the Santiago Bernabéu, Bayern knew they would have to score at least two goals without reply to progress.
And with the home fans in high spirits, Pep Guardiola’s side certainly started well – attacking with intent and purpose early on.
But, for all their possession, the home side were nearly caught out on the counter – just as in the first leg – when Gareth Bale volleyed high from long-range after seeing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line in the ninth minute.
The Welshman’s attempt should have been a warning siren for the German Champions, because within just 10 minutes, they would be trailing by two goals.
Ramos was the engineer of Bayern’s downfall when he first headed in the opener from a corner on 15 minutes before the defender struck again with another header, this time from Angel Dí María’s free-kick, four minutes later.
The 28-year-old’s brace had stunned the home side: for it now meant Guardiola’s men needed four goals to win the tie.
It was, undoubtedly, a daunting task. And the job became seemingly impossible when Bale squared the ball to Ronaldo in the 33rd minute, leaving the winger to coolly slot past Neuer and surpass the previous record of 14 goals scored in a European Cup season, jointly held by Lionel Messi, Ruud van Nistelrooy and José Altafini.
It was breathtaking stuff from Ancelotti’s men, although, the Madrid coach would not have been pleased with Xabi Alonso’s booking for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger just before the break, which will rule the midfielder out of the final on 24 May.
The second period provided a different contest: the pace slowed considerably as Bayern found their rhythm while their counterparts sat deep.
The control over possession helped the home side create chances as Arjen Robben first curled wide in the 57th minute before Franck Ribéry drove in a low shot two minutes later, which Iker Casillas comfortably saved.
Still, it was not enough. Bayern never looked close to getting back in to the game, instead, it was Los Blancos who delivered one last blow when Ronaldo fired in a curling, low free-kick from outside the area in the 89th minute to keep the dream of securing La Décima very much alive.