Champions League - Penalties take Bayern through

Wed, 25 Apr 22:26:00 2012

Bayern Munich will face Chelsea in the Champions League final after a 3-1 penalty shoot-out win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, with Cristiano Ronaldo missing a penalty, following a 2-1 Madrid win after extra time.

2011-12 Champions League Bayern Munich players celebrate - 0

All three goals came in the first half hour, Ronaldo on target twice to fire the hosts into an early 2-0 lead before Real and Chelsea old boy Arjen Robben pulled one back from the spot.

Mario Gomez missed some gilt-edged chances but the match drifted into a dirge, with Real tiring after their Clasico exertions at the weekend and Bayern's legs eventually fading.

The shoot-out was just as fraught with Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring the decisive spot-kick after Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos missed for Real.

Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm had seen efforts saved by Iker Casillas, with Bayern counterpart Manuel Neuer pulling off two superb stops before Ramos blasted over, sparking delirious scenes on the Bayern bench and another bout of Spanish soul-searching.

The first leg in Germany had also finished 2-1 in favour of the home team. The result means Bayern, who like final opponents Chelsea have disappointed domestically this season, will host Chelsea at their Allianz Arena stadium on May 19.

Bayern will have to do without Luis Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber as all three picked up suspensions, joining Chelsea quartet John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires on the sidelines.

Everyone expected a Clasico final when the semi-final draw was made, but neither of Spain's big guns made it through: Barcelona's exit was perhaps the more surprising result as Bayern more than matched Jose Mourinho's Madrid side in the capital.

Ronaldo’s first goal came early on, and it was controversial as youngster Alaba was harshly adjudged to have deliberately handled Angel Di Maria’s fifth-minute cross: the Austrian teenager was shown the card that rules him out of the final, while the Portuguese forward converted the penalty with the kind of aplomb that would be sorely lacking when it mattered most later on.

The former World Player of the Year and potential winner of next year’s edition soon added a second, sliding a cool low finish past a shell-shocked Neuer after Mesut Ozil split the Bayern defence with a through-ball.

Bayern were stunned but rallied impressively: they had missed two chances between the goals, Robben somehow blasting over from close range and Franck Ribery denied by a superb Sami Khedira challenge.

And they continued to create after falling two behind, although the decision to penalise Pepe for a push on Gomez was just as soft as Real’s spot-kick: Robben made no mistake from the spot.

Even on aggregate, Bayern sniffed a killer second and they went close as Gomez fired straight at Casillas after being sent clean through, while Ribery was again the victim of a perfect tackle just as he prepared to finish, this time from Xabi Alonso.

Real, for their part, were content to hit the Germans on the break, Karim Benzema’s inventive effort curling inches wide the best of a selection of efforts from range.

There was a shade of controversy on the stroke of half-time as a Robben free-kick – which he appeared to win through gamesmanship – was handled by Pepe in the wall. The offence was missed by the officials and Bayern.

The second half started well as Gomez sent a towering header just wide but, as is often the way when a vital second leg is evenly poised on away goals, the early belligerence soon drifted into a game of cat and mouse.

Only a few chances materialised, Benzema again firing one in from range with Neuer equal to it, before Gomez’s late howler.

In scintillating form this season, the German could not add to his 40-goal tally after dithering from eight yards when Robben had put him clean through: his decision to take a second touch when he was opened up for a simple side-foot finish allowed Ramos to block and extra-time to beckon.

That additional half-hour was a forgettable affair as players from both sides pulled up with cramp and, having looked the likelier in normal time on account of resting players at the weekend, Bayern started to toil.

Both sides were almost willing the shoot-out, which was surprisingly low on quality given the technical ability of Real, and the historic penalty supremacy of the Germans.

The goalkeeper is usually the star in such situations and, on this occasion, both were, Neuer’s marvellous stops from Ronaldo and Kaka shading Casillas’s saves from poor efforts by Lahm and Kroos. The sight of weak penalties from Germany internationals seemed bizarre to the neutral.

With Alaba and Gomez atoning for their faux-pas from open play, Alonso managed to convert his spot-kick to force Bayern true-blood Schweinsteiger to convert the final kick: he did so with ease, thus ending Mourinho’s hopes of a double this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Bayern Munich claimed a shoot-out win over Real Madrid in their Champions League semi-final. - 2

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  1. Bayern not just deserved to win the tie but they are­ generally a stronger and better quality team than Real­ Madrid. It is unfair to say that the reason Bayern went­ through is because of being lucky in the penalty­ shoot-out or because of Madrid being tired due to the­ Classico. Speaking for luck this was definitely at the­ side of Madrid when Bayern was missing sitters or when­ the referee was deciding giving them a fake penalty.­ The game should have been decided in normal time and­ even from the first leg in Munich where Bayern­ outplayed Real for most of the time and the latter just­ parked the bus. Eventually Madrid fans must realise­ that their squad is not the strongest in world as they­ want to believe. Barcelona have the best team, then­ Bayern, then Madrid. Off course these three clubs are­ currently very distant from the rest. By the way the­ honour of the fourth best perhaps goes to Man City,­ Chelsea or AC Milan.

    From Jason, on Wed 2 May 10:27
  2. fed fan #381 - and where are Valencia now? couldn't­ even make the "losers cup" final. Ha ha ha ha

    From David, on Fri 27 Apr 8:05
  3. Even though several players were lost by cards,Bayern­ is still the stronger team. Chelsea lost their best­ defender for the final. Bayern will control the­ midfield as they did in the semis vs Real Madrid.And­ with the loss of Terry to the red card,Bayern should­ control this final by several goals.Once again,if­ Bayern plays their game they really should handle­ Chelsea. With no one to control Gomez he could score 2­ goals in this final,just a thought. If bayern does­ stumble a little bit they still should win by say 3-1. ­ Go Bayern!!!!!!!

    From BillH, on Fri 27 Apr 4:49
  4. By the way, some comments mentioned here that Real was­ to defensive and just go for the counters! Thats­ Mourinho's weekness! Madrid played that all season.­ Thats all what Mourinho is all about, dirty defense and­ cheap counters! And Real was here in the semis cos they­ had APOEL and CSKA Moscow! hah! What a joke! First they­ had a decent team under way, they are out! As I­ mentioned, nothing special in this Real team under­ Mourinho.

    From , on Thu 26 Apr 18:28
  5. Bayern deserved it 100%! They was better home and away!­ By the way there's nothing special in this Real­ team. Its just a hype about them. Sad Barca out with­ some cheap mistakes and so much unlucky! They was the­ better team, just Chelsea had all the luck! But for the­ final they would be now out of luck and then there­ would be nothing wich helps them! The Bayern-Barca­ final could have been the best entertaining final with­ the best teams there, but I'm sure the Germans are­ quiet happy with the blues there not the blaugrana! :)

    From , on Thu 26 Apr 18:21
  6. Bayern deserved to win their place in the final,(unlike­ the other finalists)they played a brilliant game of­ football, most enjoyable all the way through. I hope­ they go on to win the cup now. I'm English, but­ following the antics of Drogba in the first leg against­ Barca, where he spent more time grazing on the grass at­ Stamford than he did on his feet, (true athlete!!)an­ obvious tactic to hold up the flow of Barcas game! The­ only way Chelsea could deal with them. Then the Terry­ incident this week,where he stated "he doesn't­ normally do this sort of thing", no of course he­ doesn't!!! Funny it happened just as they went 2-0­ down??? Chelsea must think all fans of football have­ the same intelligence as they do!! Most decent fans­ take a very dim view of cheating!!

    From CHERYL GIBBINGS, on Thu 26 Apr 14:39
  7. Chelsea in the final ,who think this was possible but­ thats the game of football , as the old saying the ball­ is round meaning any teams can win, but it just goes to­ re-enforce my factual thinking that penalties are kick­ in training mean nothing, but its done mentally ,one­ could practice 10 times per day it means nothing, it­ all comes down to the time when its needed its not­ needed in training thats y so many coaches make mistake­ by naming players to kick , what they need to do is­ using players who have that mental toughness to go at­ it, thats y i find the germans seems to have advantage­ at penalties they are tougher mentally not better­ kickers, its a total different scenario when there is­ 120.000 spectators roaring, screaming and when you walk­ up to that ball . my gosh, think about it i have been­ there so yes you all want ur team to win but if you­ think its easy go out there,yeah a di don gorgon sey­ so.

    From Denzil, on Thu 26 Apr 14:23
  8. Chelsea in the final ,who think this was possible but­ thats the game of football , as the old saying the ball­ is round meaning any teams can win, but it just goes to­ re-enforce my factual thinking that penalties are kick­ in training mean nothing, but its done mentally ,one­ could practise 10 times per day it means nothing, it­ all comes down to the time when its needed its not­ needed in training thats y so many coaches make mistake­ by naming players to kick , what they need to do is­ using players who have that mental toughness to go at­ it, thats y i find the germans seems to have advantage­ at penalties they are tougher mentally not better­ kickers, its a total different scenario when there is­ 120.000 spectators roaring, screaming and when you walk­ up to that ball . my gosh, think about it i have been­ there so yes you all want ur team to win but if you­ think its easy go out there,yeah a di don gorgon sey­ so.

    From Denzil, on Thu 26 Apr 14:09
  9. the next debate will which league is best , but look­ chelsea who is struggling in the english league for­ top 4 spot is in the final does this means english is­ best , does this means german league is best , lets get­ ur response i will tell u which is best and give me­ your reason for arriving at your verdict. nuff respect

    From Denzil, on Thu 26 Apr 14:08
  10. The better team won . Bayern played the game as it­ should have been played . No diving , no violence , no­ BUS parking . One BUS down , one BUS to go . The big­ blue BUS of Chelsea awaits !!

    From Fat Tony, on Thu 26 Apr 13:46
  11. He who lives by the cowardly BUS ....... This is a­ victory for football over money , cheating and­ corruption . Well done Bayern . R.I.P. FC Franco !!

    From Fat Tony, on Thu 26 Apr 13:44
  12. This was a brilliant game to watch well done Bayern. ­ Play like that against Chelsea and the cup is yours

    From Todd, on Thu 26 Apr 13:36
  13. I only hope that bayern work it up chelsea after the­ fans behaviour at the semi-final with totenham.

    From allen, on Thu 26 Apr 13:05
  14. The Special One! haha! Before the semis he said he was­ waiting Chelsea in the final. Now Chelsea wait for him,­ but in vain hehe! The "special one" kept­ contemplating against Barca and forgot about his team.­ His envy to Barca sank him.

    From AlexS, on Thu 26 Apr 12:50
  15. All these jokes about Ramos's missed penalty have­ gone way over the top :-D

    From x, on Thu 26 Apr 12:00
  16. Being a great fan of champions league football, I was­ looking for champions league final tickets­ championsleagueticketservice is the ultimate­ destination of champions league final tickets at best­ prices!

    From John Smith, on Thu 26 Apr 11:47
  17. Die Deutscher sind gut lol!

    From yondo, on Thu 26 Apr 11:45
  18. thank god a real game of football end to end .sorry­ chelsea standing in penalty area for whole game is not­ football. good luck to germans prove again they are a­ force.

    From Graham, on Thu 26 Apr 11:45
  19. Naturlich Bayernnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!

    From yondo, on Thu 26 Apr 11:42
  20. fed fan #381 Isn't the europa cup the "B"­ cup for the losers?

    From David, on Thu 26 Apr 11:32
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