Real Madrid See Off Bayern To Reach 3rd Consecutive CL Final
Written by MaxFM on May 2, 2018
Bayern Munich goalkeeper, Sven Ulreich’s huge error ultimately proved decisive as Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League final thanks to a 2-all draw in an enthralling semi-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid came from behind to win 2-1 last week in the first leg at the Allianz Arena and sealed their progression with a 4-3 aggregate triumph despite an unconvincing performance on Tuesday.
Bayern had led early through Joshua Kimmich and a strike from James Rodriguez – who is on loan at the German club from Real – set up a tense finish. However, the hosts withstood considerable pressure to keep their bid for a third successive title on track.
The hosts were quick to reply but it was Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, making an outfield record 152nd appearance in the competition, who took centre stage.
Benzema’s close range header ensured Madrid’s deficit lasted only eight minutes and 21 seconds into the second half he was presented with a gift when Ulreich misjudged a back-pass from Corentin Tolisso.
There was another twist as James Rodriguez, who is on a two-year loan spell at Bayern at Real Madrid, leveled the tie on the night with a goal he did not celebrate but, despite intense pressure from the away team, Zinedine Zidane’s men held on to move within a win of a third successive European title, and now await Liverpool or Roma in the Kiev final on May 26, 2018.
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