Wednesday April 25, 2012 Semifinal Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 2 - 1
(1 - 3)
Bayern Munich

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 6’ (pen.), 14’
  • Robben 27’ (pen.)

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  1. Penalties take Bayern through

    Penalties take Bayern through

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

  • Live Commentary

    Time:120'
    • Real Madrid
    • Bayern Munich
    • - Bayern, for me, shaded it over the two legs and they are in the final, at home, to Chelsea. Real are inconsolable and Spanish football takes a bit of a blow. Thanks for joining me - another dramatic night in the Champions League. I'm off, back tomorrow for some Europa League fun. SEE YOU THEN!
    • - 1-3: Schweinsteiger to win it for Bayern, the club man... DOWN THE MIDDLE AND IN! BAYERN ARE IN THE FINAL IN MUNICH!
    • - 1-2 :Ramos for Madrid now, takes an age to place the ball... CHRIS WADDLE! He blasts it to Bilbao and then some!
    • - 1-2: CASILLAS WITH ANOTHER SAVE! From Lahm this time! Poor penalty, Casillas went one way but it was so poor he could stick his arm back down the middle! Yikes!
    • - 1-2: Alonso clips a cool penalty down the middle with Neuer long gone.
    • - 0-2: BIG SAVE CASILLAS! Low from Kroos to the right, too weak but a good save from the Spain man. A German missing a penalty?!
    • - 0-2: Kaka really needs to score - but another save! Even better one, same spot, same save but a longer stretch! Bayern fans aren't hating Neuer now are they?
    • - 0-2: Gomez for Bayern and he rolls it bottom left with Casillas the wrong way.
    • - 0-1: Ronaldo steps up - but saved by Neuer! What a stop! One-handed as Ronaldo put it low to the left! What a save!
    • - 0-1: Alaba to take the first one, the youngster! A cool low finish inside the right-hand post. Lovely peno.
    • - As the teams prepare for spot kicks the home fans sing for Casillas. Nerve-jangling.
    • 120' With Boateng receiving treatment, the ref has seen enough and it's penalties! Yikes!
    • 120' Boateng is down with cramp but back up again. No, he's done. There'll be a last-second change I think.
    • 119' Definitely Higuain's fault, Marcelo had been on one heck of a run and was off balance, he had to release it. Real meanwhile are appealing for anything every the the ball goes near a Bayern player.
    • 118' It was Marcelo who got there before Robben, and he goes on a superb run and Real have men over but he picks out Higuain who is offside! Don't know who to blame more for that, Higuain or Marcelo.
    • 117' Schweinsteiger finds Gomez, who runs at the defence but slips, almost sending Robben through but cleared.
    • 116' Granero is sent in by Kaka, a bit wide and Neuer is on him straight away but refuses to touch him - Granero goes down anyway and the ref books him for diving.
    • 115' Schweinsteiger goes down after releasing a pass... Cramp maybe.
    • 114' A Bayern attack breaks down as Lahm's cross is cleared by Alonso. But Lahm and Boateng win it back and here come the Germans again...
    • 113' This is better from Real as Granero sends Kaka in, he's almost surprised by that but takes it on the chest, he can still cross for Khedira but it's blocked by Boateng and Bayern clear.
    • 112' Real pass it about more like usual as Kka gets away past Lahm, Boateng knocking behind for a corner. But the ref changes his mind and gives a goal kick. Kaka looks perplexed as it was a shockingly poor decision. I think the official behind the goal signalled that.
    • 111' REAL SUB: The last one for them as Granero replaces Ozil.
    • 110' Ronaldo slips as a cross comes in from the right.
    • 109' Scrappy now as neither side is able to string passes together in midfield.
    • 108' Free-kick to Real on the left, Alonso takes it short to Ronaldo but he completely mis-hits the shot that almost takes out the corner flag.
    • 107' Kaka on the run but he doesn't release the ball quickly enough. Now Robben fouls Marcelo.
    • 106' The second half of extra-time is underway as Mueller fouls his marker.
    • - REAL SUB: Higuain is on for Benzema.
    • 105' Bayern are now three short if they make the final - Alaba, Badstuber and Gustavo. Half-time in extra time, still 2-1 (3-3).
    • 104' Benzema with a flick to Ozil, now Ronaldo, a few late tackles in now but play on - Ronaldo is unable to get away. Play is called back and Badstuber is booked for a horrible late one on Benzema as he started that move - he too misses the final.
    • 103' Lahm with a cross aimed for Mueller, but Ramos flicks it away for a throw on the left.
    • 102' Gustavo will finally see yellow and he will miss the final, A foule on Pepe, probably his 10th foul of the night. Real didn't help but he should have been long booked.
    • 101' Ramos and Casillas with a communication breakdown but the ball flies away from goal anyway. Odd miscommunication.
    • 100' Ronaldo crosses in from the left but Neuer rises higher than Benzema to gather.
    • 99' Ronaldo takes one touch too many after Pepe fed him on the edge of the box, and the chance is gone.
    • 98' Ronaldo feeds Kaka nicely but Schweine manages to get a tired boot on it, poking the ball away for a throw. He is the only Bayern player to look knackered at this stage, having struggled with injury for much of the season.
    • 97' Mueller on the run down the right but he overruns it behind for a goal kick.
    • 96' Now Ribery shunts Ronaldo to the deck and Real have a free-kick on the right. That's the Frenchman's last piece of work as Mueller replaces him.
    • 95' Benzema brings the ball clear, now wide to Ozil who almost repeats the Clasico pass to Ronaldo but finds Boateng and then Alaba in his way.
    • 94' Ribery draws a foul from Arbeloa and Bayern can slow it down and take control again.
    • 93' Badstuber clears as Marcelo bombs forward. Second wind for Real...
    • 92' Kaka with a surging run to win a corner on the right. Ozil will take, far post to Ramos, now Pepe meets it and Ronaldo attacks but Schweini hacks away. Bit of a scramble but Neuer unworked.
    • 91' The first half of extra-time is underway!
    • - So after a scintilating first half, that second period was pretty poor. Although Gomez had and missed two great chances... Tweet me if you can call which way this will go - I think Bayern have the legs, Real are exhausted. ON TWITTER!
    • 90+2 Ronaldo with a low drive from range, easy for Neuer. EXTRA TIME! After both legs finish 2-1, an extra half-hour and the possibility of penalties beckons.
    • 90+2 Gomez and Kroos come forward, the crowd get excited but Kroos puts the pass to Robben a bit wide and all he can do is retain possession. Benzema gives chase to a clearance but Boateng gets there first and it's a Bayern throw.
    • 90+1 Two minutes added time being played.
    • 90' Alonso and Ozil are over it, Alonso curls it in but Alaba heads clear. Now Robben takes on Marcelo, who slides in and Real have a throw. Robben is furious as he felt it was a foul and he is booked. Marcelo caught him with the trailing leg, petulant and the ref missed it.
    • 89' Alaba now fouls Ozil on the right after the Germany midfielder backheeled it away from him, and Real Madrid have a free-kick.
    • 88' Kaka and Ozil combine, Arbeloa with a low cross but blocked. Now Bayern counter, Ribery catching Pepe who rolls around like a clip in the shoulder is worthy of a triple roll. Weakling!
    • 87' That was another big miss for Gomez, who was his old hesitant self there. Would have finished Real, it really would. They're knackered, what with the Clasico and all that.
    • 86' BIG MISS GOMEZ! Alaba on the left with a superb low ball in for Robben, who offloads it immediately and Gomez had to score first time but he took a touch for some reason, allowing Ramos to block!
    • 86' Schweini finds Robben, lovely flick and Gomez is played in, superb turn from him but - falling as he connects - he mis-hits it.
    • 85' A lovely move of angled Bayern passing is snuffed out at through-ball stage as Ramos reads it to clear from Gomez.
    • 84' Ribery is sent scuttling in by Robben but a heavy touch allows Pepe to intercept, it would have been a corner but Ribery fouls the defender.
    • 83' Ribery gives it away and Ronaldo, in the left-back position, races away and almost combines with Kaka but Bayern clear.
    • 82' Bayern seeing a lot more of the ball than Real now but, to be fair, doing just as little with it.
    • 81' Kaka on the run, nice skill on the left to win a corner off Badtsuber - but the ref says a goal kick. Good call, ricochet off Kaka.
    • 80' Benzema gives it away, now Kroos on the move, Lahm wide right but Ronaldo and Marcelo are back defending to clear.
    • 79' Ozil's corner floats off C-Ron's mane and goes out for a throw on the right. Lahm with a super clearance that morphs into a pass to Gomez, he takes it on the chest and now Ribery on the left just about keeps it in, despite Jose's protests.
    • 78' Benzema leaves Badstuber for dead, a slip from the defender, but Boateng shows great pace to block the low cross. Corner.
    • 77' Robben feeds Gomez right of the box but Ramos slides in to take the ball and release it afterwards. Clap clap.
    • 76' Bayern are keeping the ball better than the hosts now, Real can't get a handle on it.
    • 75' Robben on the right cuts inside to Kroos, but his ball to Gomez is hacked away by Pepe.
    • 74' REAL MADRID SUB: Di Maria, who won that penalty but has otherwise been ordinary, is replaced by Kaka.
    • 73' Lahm is held up on the edge of the Real box. But Bayern come again as Schweinsteiger finds Gomez but his touch lets him down and he has to hold it up. Robben then crosses but beyond everyone and out for a throw.
    • 72' Ronaldo again from the left but this time he blasts it miles over.
    • 71' Gustavo slides in on Ozil and still evades a booking. Bayern are furious that Real were demanding a card. He got the ball though, the replay shows. Clean tackle.
    • 70' Benzema blasts over from the edge of the box, first time and with the instep, after a great run and cut back from Ronaldo on the left. Should have taken a touch or looked for Di Maria wide right.
    • 69' Real Madrid have a free-kick a long way out a touch to the left, 30 yards or so, and Ronaldo - as has mostly been the way this season - fires it cleanly on target but straight at the keeper.
    • 68' Real now have a corner on their right wing. Di Maria's centre is headed clear by Gomez.
    • 67' Robben could be in here down the right, he gets away from Pepe and could be in but he's overrun it and Casillas gathers first! Robben collides but Casillas is not a cheat and bounces straight up.
    • 66' Kroos to take this free-kick, a decent one it is too but it flicks off Gomez's quiff and beyond the arriving Robben.
    • 65' Kroos wide to Ribery, who is clipped by Arbeloa and it's a Bayern free-kick on the left.
    • 64' Alonso with a fantastic pass with the outside of his boot wide left to Marcelo, who is wrongly called offside. Terrible, he was a couple of yards on.
    • 63' Kroos is fouled by Benzema just inside the Real half as Bayern have a good spell of possession. Boateng wastes it though as is long ball for Robben is too long.
    • 62' It opens up for Kroos after a Robben pass but he's closed down and the shot is blocked.
    • 61' Ribery is again fouled, Alonso this time, he needs to be careful. Now Schweinsteiger is caught offside on Ribery's pass.
    • 60' Arbeloa is booked after cynically chopping down Ribery after he countered following that corner.
    • 59' Di Maria tracking back does well to stop Alaba on the wing, Pepe clearing. Now Real get forward as Ronaldo wins a corner off Lahm.
    • 58' That has sparked Real kinto action as Benzema almost skips into the box but Badstuber clears, now Ribery on the left, Schweinsteiger feeds Gomez - who has his route to goal blocked - and he shoots, deflected into Casillas's arms. Should have gone wide to Robben.
    • 57' Ribery now with a trip on Di Maria. Ozil sends it quickly to BENZEMA WITH A SAVAGE DRIVE FROM WIDE but a good parry clear by Neuer!
    • 56' Gustavo fouls Ozil, yet another foul by the Brazilian, and he normally does Ozil to boot. This time a tug.
    • 55' Real do well collectively to play their way out of trouble as Ribery and Kroos combine to the left. Very cagey after a bright start to the half.
    • 54' Gomez catches Pepe this time, after Robben again cuts inside. Gomez thinks that was soft and lets everyone know about it.
    • 53' Benzema is offside as another long one sails in. I have a horrible feeling they both may shut up shop and play it safe with a view to penalties. Please be wrong.
    • 52' One of the few scrappy spells in this match as some aimless long balls spoil the copy book of both sides.
    • 51' Gustavo with yet another foul, he must surely be due a booking on the totting-up procedure.
    • 50' Pepe with a good defensive header after a long ball from Boateng aimed at Gomez.
    • 49' Arbeloa is under pressure but wins a free-kick. You know when people say something is too close to call? Thisi s that.
    • 48' Patient build-up by Bayern as Lahm sends in a dipping cross that Gomez flicks towards goal but a yard wide. He got above Pepe there and could have spun it in.
    • 47' Robben on the ball, now Lahm as Bayern probe. Alaba on the left cuts in but has no options but to look backwards to Schweini.
    • 46' Benzema flashes a low shot across goal but well wide, as Real start like a team who want this wrapped up in 90.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • - @emilbark: "Looks like Robben's free-kick on 45+1 hit Pepe's out-stretched arm but no complaints from Bayern. Penalty? Second yellow?" - as much a handball as the first one, which in my opinion was unintentional. I didn't see it at the time and neither did the ref - or, indeed, Bayern. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - Any chat about that intriguing half of football, Tweet away - the comments are back below but make of them what you will, still spammy alas. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 45+2 Half-time, 2-1 on the night and 3-3 on aggregate. Phew!
    • 45+1 Replay confirms that Robben dived past a leg that didn't touch him, Pepe's. Free-kick which the Dutchman will take... aroud the wall and a fine low save Casillas!
    • 45' Bayern looking to play keep-ball into the break. Alaba moves forward though and finds Robben wide right, he cuts inside to Kroos, now Gomez who holds it up for Robben who slips past Pepe and is felled! Free-kick on the edge of the D. Looked a dive for me!
    • 44' Alonso to take this as it's from wide. Just over Ramos flying in, and out for a goal kick.
    • 43' Ozil is shunted off the ball by Gustavo, and the Germany midfielder wonders why there is no card - maybe the ref knows he is a booking short of a final ban? Who knows.
    • 42' Good block by Pepe after a quick throw releases Gomez! He had to be quick the Brazilian/Portuguese!
    • 41' Real almost get in trouble trying to play it out from defence but eventually they manage, before Di Maria gives it away. He's not been great thus far.
    • 40' Real keep the ball in their own half for a bit, before Ramos does a crossfield pass to Di Maria. The cross is headed powerfully clear by a diving Boateng.
    • 39' Ozil is tripped by Badstuber on the Real right. The defender another man a booking away from a ban.
    • 38' Robben, who is a master from range, sends another one over.
    • 37' Ronaldo gets clean contact on the free-kick but straight down Neuer's throat.
    • 36' Bayern give it away after initially clearing the corner. Benzema tries to shoot but blocked, and Di Maria is tripped by Gustavo around 25 yards out. C-Ron distance...
    • 36' Crunch! Fine tackle by Boateng on Ronaldo on the left wing, a corner and a handshake.
    • 35' Alaba with a great cross again, bodies flying in and RIBERY GETS ON TO IT but Alonso gets a foot on it to clear! Tangle of bodies, Ribery went down but the ref takes a long look and waves play-on!
    • 34' Kroos with a low shot but straight at Ramos. Bayern are now controlling the tempo of the play. Now Kroos sends Gomez in, surely he's offside but no flag! He must score but fires straight at Casillas!
    • 33' Ozil is taken down by Gustavo but play-on says the ref. Ronaldo's ball in is knocked back to Neuer by a team-mate and he kicks long.
    • 32' What a surprise, Di Maria is fine once he realises play has been stopped. Bayern bring it forward but lose possession of the ball.
    • 32' Di Maria is on the deck feigning injury and, after initially countering, Bayern opt to put it out. There was no foul or even knock, he's play-acting after losing possession.
    • 31' Robben on the right, inside Marcelo and he almost slides Gomez in but Alonso clears. Now Ronaldo with a swinging ball wide to BEnzema WHO CUTS INSIDE AND SHOOTS FROM AN ANGLE AND IT CURLS JUST WIDE OF THE TOP RIGHT! Fantastic effort from the Frenchman, left to right but past the top corner.
    • 30' Benzema on the left, inside to Ozil, who is tripped by Boateng. From a Benzema short pass, Ronaldo takes it a bit quicker than expected but his long-range fizzer goes wide.
    • 29' Ribery is play-acting after a collision with Arbeloa. Free-kick, sure, but Ribery is being a moaner.
    • 28' Well, I think Casillas actually got a hand on that! Too much power and pace from Robben though. Even stevens then!
    • 27' Soft, even more so than the first one, but Robben doesn't care! He fires a superb low spot-kick inside the left-hand post, Casillas went the right way but no chance. In off the woodwork.
    • 26' PENALTY BAYERN! Gomez goes to ground after Kroos's cross from the right, Pepe with the shove says the ref!
    • 25' That move breaks down as Khedira tackles Ribery, but Gustavo wins it back. Real do counter though and Bayern should get it clear, but a bit of dithering after Ronaldo's cross almost lets Benzema in but Neuer hacks clear!
    • 24' Bayern with a very long spell on the ball now with the home fans whistling accordingly.
    • 23' Casillas again berates his defence and midfield for giving the visitors too much time and space to shoot.
    • 22' Bayern with a lot of pressure on the ball as Gustavo drills a low shot about a yad wide, agains Casillas tracking but positive from the Germans.
    • 21' Alonso brings it away and Khedira with some direct running takes it wide right. Given away though and Gomez runs at Pepe, then Ramos and he shoots but it fizzes wide. Casillas had it covered but not impressed with the lack of closing.
    • 20' Almost a chance as Boateng nods the header across goal but a stretching Schweinsteiger can't reach it and Real clear. Khedria with an important touch.
    • 19' Robben feeds Ribery on the left now, but Arbeloa tracks the Frenchman. Corner.
    • 18' Robben on the right cuts inside but Kroos is easily outmuscled by Ramos.
    • 17' Real calmly play it out from the back but it's given away by Khedira. Bayern come again.
    • 16' Robben, who is fine now, cuts in from the right but his shot is weak.
    • 15' Bayern now have to score one to level things up - a big ask when Real are counter-attacking like this.
    • 14' GOAL REAL! Ronaldo with his second, a cool low finish after Ozil's fine through-ball split Bayern in two! Slow reactions from the Bayern centre-backs.
    • 13' Alaba with another low cross that is dealt with by Ramos and Arbeloa this time. Great response from Bayern.
    • 12' Ribery with a superb ball inside to Gomez, and a thunderous low drive that Casillas spills and RIBERY MUST SCORE but Khedira slides in brilliantly to put behind!
    • 11' Marcelo with a heavy challenge on Robben and the Dutchman is down in a heap. Play on, the ref says it was a fair one.
    • 10' Alaba with a shot from range but well over. Bayern have been forced into action by that goal.
    • 9' It gets worse when you look at it - Robben had an admittedly spreadeagled Casillas in his way but he had to score, shinning it over with his left when he inexplicably used it instead of his right. Alaba, meanwhile, gives away a free-kick.
    • 8' WHAT A MISS FROM ROBBEN! He skies it from three yards with just Casillas to beat! Alaba with a great run down the left, leaving Arbeloa for dead, and a wicked low cross too. Robben with a howler in my view.
    • 7' Ronaldo has now scored 25 out of the last 25 penalties he has taken. Clinical.
    • 6' GOAL REAL MADRID! Ronaldo rolls it down the right after giving the eyes to Neuer, who went left. Real ahead on away goals.
    • 6' Very harsh - Di Maria has fired a low volleyed cross from the right, with Alaba sliding in to block and it hit his arm.
    • 5' PENALTY REAL! Di Maria's cross is handled by Alaba, who is booked and will miss the final if Bayern get there. Double-whammy!
    • 5' Arbeloa now is lucky to escape a card after sliding through Ribery.
    • 4' Gustavo runs close to getting a booking that would rule him out of the final after a check on Ozil, which of course the home fans and players react to. Nothing in that.
    • 3' Alonso swings a superb crossfield pass to Di Maria, super cut-back for Khedira who drills it on goal but straight at Neuer! He should have wellied that one!
    • 2' Di Maria miscontrols an Alonso pass. Nerves? Now Ozil on the move but he runs into Germany pal Boateng.
    • 1' Neuer kicks air at a backpass but gets away with it! Almost a dodgy start for the Germany keeper.
    • 1' Bayern kick off and the match is underway!
    • 19:42 The teams are out, Real in white, Bayern in red.
    • 19:40 Despite their ban tightrope, Bayern are not going to rein in the tackling, or so says Schweini. More here!
    • 19:38 DISCIPLINARY: Six of Bayern's starting XI are on bookings that would rule them out of the final - Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, David Alaba, Luiz Gustavo and Toni Kroos - plus sub Thomas Mueller. Real have Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso on suspensions.
    • 19:37 Referee tonight is Viktor Kassai (Hungary); I have added the full subs into the teams comment at 18:50.
    • 19:36 MATCH ODDS: Real Madrid 1/2, Bayern Munich 5/1, Draw 10/3 (William Hill)
    • 19:35 And now to your chat on Twitter... @ahaque97: "Chelsea have no chance against either of these teams in the final - especially with their lack of defenders"; @07gunner: "In form Kaka should have started. He is a quality player, and back to his form."; @rahel54609950: "I think it will be 3-1 to Real goal scorers ronaldo, ramos, higauin - robben, there will be lot of controversy in this game i reckon 2reds and 7yellow cards typical Jose' Morinho game" HAVE YOUR SAY ON TWITTER!
    • 19:30 FACT: Karim Benzema has been directly involved in 12 Champions League goals this season (seven goals + five assists), only Lionel Messi has had a hand in more (18); Kaka has delivered five assists in 396 minutes of play in the Champions League, one every 79 minutes – the best ratio in this season’s competition, but he is on the bench.
    • 19:25 FACTS: Mario Gomez is the most efficient marksman in Champions League history. The German international has on average scored a goal every 92 minutes in the competition, a feat that no player with at least 15 CL goals to his name can match. Gomez has scored 12 goals in nine Champions League starts this term, but only one of his goals has come away from Allianz Arena. The German international has netted exactly 50 per cent of Bayern’s Champions League goals this season, 12 out of 24.
    • 19:20 FACTS: Bayern have won eight out of 13 Champions League games against Real (D1, L4), the most by one team against a single opponent in the history of the competition; Madrid have won 11 and lost just one of their last 13 Champions League games at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with the only home defeat coming in last season’s semi-finals against Barcelona (0-2).
    • 19:15 FACTS: Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have won a combined 13 European Cup/Champions League titles (four and nine respectively); Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have a perfectly balanced record when facing each other in European Cup/Champions League knockout ties: both have progressed to the next round on four occasions; This will be the 14th meeting between Real and Bayern in the Champions League which makes this fixture the most frequent in the history of the competition.
    • 19:10 Jupp Heynckes: "It is going to be spectacular. It is going to be a real treat with everything which belongs in such a football game. Just a fortnight ago, people were saying that Barcelona are the be all and end all, but now Real have gone and won in Barcelona. It will be a battle of the giants. Both clubs have a great history and I am looking forward to it, and I hope it has a positive outcome for us."
    • 19:10 Jose Mourinho: "Overall I have not been lucky in semi-finals of the Champions League. I lost one with Chelsea (2005) due to a goal that wasn't a goal, the ball didn't cross the line. Another season (2007) we lost on penalties and when you lose a semi-final on penalties it is due to bad luck and I lost the semi-final last season because of what everyone knows."
    • 19:05 No surprises whatsoever in these teams then - but if you have anything to say about them, or potential opponents Chelsea, feel free to Tweet me @Reda_Eurosport. Is a disgrace. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 19:00 This match means a lot to both sides; Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has won this competition twice before with Inter and Porto, but he would face former club Chelsea in the final, with whom he failed to win the trophy. Bayern, meanwhile, would have a home final to look forward to - it will be played in Munich's Allianz-Arena. Their winger Arjen Robben played for both Real AND Chelsea.
    • 18:55 There are no changes for Bayern, meanwhile. Robben and Ribery start together despite a pair of reported bust-ups in recent weeks. Defenders Daniel Van Buyten (foot) and Breno (knee) are out, so rookie David Alaba continues at left-back with Holger Badstuber also retaining his place in defence.
    • 18:55 Only one change for Real Madrid from both the first leg and the weekend win over Barcelona, as Marcelo starts at left-back in place of Fabio Coentrao, who was dreadful in the first leg but retained his place for the Clasico. That means Kaka is on the bench, as is Gonzalo Higuain. Ricardo Carvalho is still injured.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema; Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain, Callejon /// Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Gustavo, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez; Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu. Kick off is in one hour and I can hardly wait!
  • Summary

    • - 1-3: Schweinsteiger to win it for Bayern, the club man... DOWN THE MIDDLE AND IN! BAYERN ARE IN THE FINAL IN MUNICH!
    • - 1-2 :Ramos for Madrid now, takes an age to place the ball... CHRIS WADDLE! He blasts it to Bilbao and then some!
    • - 1-2: CASILLAS WITH ANOTHER SAVE! From Lahm this time! Poor penalty, Casillas went one way but it was so poor he could stick his arm back down the middle! Yikes!
    • - 1-2: Alonso clips a cool penalty down the middle with Neuer long gone.
    • - 0-2: BIG SAVE CASILLAS! Low from Kroos to the right, too weak but a good save from the Spain man. A German missing a penalty?!
    • - 0-2: Kaka really needs to score - but another save! Even better one, same spot, same save but a longer stretch! Bayern fans aren't hating Neuer now are they?
    • - 0-2: Gomez for Bayern and he rolls it bottom left with Casillas the wrong way.
    • - 0-1: Ronaldo steps up - but saved by Neuer! What a stop! One-handed as Ronaldo put it low to the left! What a save!
    • - 0-1: Alaba to take the first one, the youngster! A cool low finish inside the right-hand post. Lovely peno.
    • 117' Schweinsteiger finds Gomez, who runs at the defence but slips, almost sending Robben through but cleared.
    • 86' BIG MISS GOMEZ! Alaba on the left with a superb low ball in for Robben, who offloads it immediately and Gomez had to score first time but he took a touch for some reason, allowing Ramos to block!
    • 86' Schweini finds Robben, lovely flick and Gomez is played in, superb turn from him but - falling as he connects - he mis-hits it.
    • 67' Robben could be in here down the right, he gets away from Pepe and could be in but he's overrun it and Casillas gathers first! Robben collides but Casillas is not a cheat and bounces straight up.
    • 57' Ribery now with a trip on Di Maria. Ozil sends it quickly to BENZEMA WITH A SAVAGE DRIVE FROM WIDE but a good parry clear by Neuer!
    • 48' Patient build-up by Bayern as Lahm sends in a dipping cross that Gomez flicks towards goal but a yard wide. He got above Pepe there and could have spun it in.
    • 45+1 Replay confirms that Robben dived past a leg that didn't touch him, Pepe's. Free-kick which the Dutchman will take... aroud the wall and a fine low save Casillas!
    • 45' Bayern looking to play keep-ball into the break. Alaba moves forward though and finds Robben wide right, he cuts inside to Kroos, now Gomez who holds it up for Robben who slips past Pepe and is felled! Free-kick on the edge of the D. Looked a dive for me!
    • 35' Alaba with a great cross again, bodies flying in and RIBERY GETS ON TO IT but Alonso gets a foot on it to clear! Tangle of bodies, Ribery went down but the ref takes a long look and waves play-on!
    • 34' Kroos with a low shot but straight at Ramos. Bayern are now controlling the tempo of the play. Now Kroos sends Gomez in, surely he's offside but no flag! He must score but fires straight at Casillas!
    • 31' Robben on the right, inside Marcelo and he almost slides Gomez in but Alonso clears. Now Ronaldo with a swinging ball wide to BEnzema WHO CUTS INSIDE AND SHOOTS FROM AN ANGLE AND IT CURLS JUST WIDE OF THE TOP RIGHT! Fantastic effort from the Frenchman, left to right but past the top corner.
    • 27' Soft, even more so than the first one, but Robben doesn't care! He fires a superb low spot-kick inside the left-hand post, Casillas went the right way but no chance. In off the woodwork.
    • 14' GOAL REAL! Ronaldo with his second, a cool low finish after Ozil's fine through-ball split Bayern in two! Slow reactions from the Bayern centre-backs.
    • 12' Ribery with a superb ball inside to Gomez, and a thunderous low drive that Casillas spills and RIBERY MUST SCORE but Khedira slides in brilliantly to put behind!
    • 8' WHAT A MISS FROM ROBBEN! He skies it from three yards with just Casillas to beat! Alaba with a great run down the left, leaving Arbeloa for dead, and a wicked low cross too. Robben with a howler in my view.
    • 6' GOAL REAL MADRID! Ronaldo rolls it down the right after giving the eyes to Neuer, who went left. Real ahead on away goals.
    • 3' Alonso swings a superb crossfield pass to Di Maria, super cut-back for Khedira who drills it on goal but straight at Neuer! He should have wellied that one!
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Real Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Pepe, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Ozil, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema; Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain, Callejon /// Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Gustavo, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez; Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk

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  1. I must recognize Bayern qualified to finals in fair­ fashion and deserve it. I'm still huge fan of Real­ Madrid and next year they"ll be the CHAMPIONS­ !!!!!

    From Ernesto W., on Sat 5 May 17:54
  2. Rest assured, Chelsea won't be wasting time playing­ for penalties……a tactic which could backfire on Bayern.

    From Michaelmus, on Fri 27 Apr 22:13
  3. Only German Football !!! Only Bundesliga !!!

    From New, on Thu 26 Apr 20:16
  4. I feel sorry for Ronaldo's b/f, he's going to­ be sulking for months

    From MICHAEL, on Thu 26 Apr 15:02
  5. ramos penaltly kick still hasn't landed yet... it­ s been a day already

    From Roronoa, on Thu 26 Apr 14:25
  6. You stupid fredy i dont like real madrid but i like­ mourinho so shut your mouth

    From , on Thu 26 Apr 12:19
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    CHELSEA IS GOING TO BE THE WINER V BAYERN MUNICH

    From , on Thu 26 Apr 12:13
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    CHELSEA IS THE BEAST

    From , on Thu 26 Apr 12:10
  9. So this year's final will be history making. The­ bigest crowd to watch reserve's game.

    From michael, on Thu 26 Apr 11:28
  10. The el-classico burnt them off, i could not see the­ best of those folks ....well, its a penalty shootout it­ goes either way....hala to both teams in the­ final....let see what Munich is giving the world to­ see.

    From Bayo, on Thu 26 Apr 11:06
  11. No spanish here? LOL

    From John, on Thu 26 Apr 10:39
  12. Messi and Ronaldo......queens of the ladyboys

    From Mark Kavanagh, on Thu 26 Apr 7:18
  13. is who win

    From Calven Teoh, on Thu 26 Apr 6:32
  14. Hahahahahaha what happened real Madrid fans. Ronaldo­ let y'all down I thought he was the complete player­ he missed a penalty to just like messi. His no better.­ And mourinho is a crying loser that's all he does­ whine and complain. Hahahah Madrid got eliminated.

    From Fredy, on Thu 26 Apr 3:00
  15. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Bayern - real HEROES !! WELL­ DESERVED win over overrated and overhyped Real m., they­ were much better team in both games and should have won­ before penalty kicks

    From Ronaldinho, on Thu 26 Apr 2:24
  16. Bayern will win, Chelsea,real and barca suck. Im­ watchin you ajay

    From Brodie, on Thu 26 Apr 1:48
  17. Mia San Mia ... FC Bayren Turn Dream into Real...ity­ LOOOL , Thanks BAYERN That was a magical night.

    From iraq iraq, on Thu 26 Apr 0:36
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    Decided by penalties? WRONG. According to the Laws of­ the Game, this match was decided by 'Kicks from the­ Mark.' Can we not make a better effort to strive­ for accuracy and precision my well intentioned Yahoo!­ writers?

    From Coach Positive, on Wed 25 Apr 23:33
  19. Bayern, thanks

    From Mohammad, on Wed 25 Apr 23:28
  20. Only German Defence !!! I hate italian defence !!!!

    From Saltanat, on Wed 25 Apr 23:19
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