Real Madrid are through to the Champions League final after an emphatic 4-0 victory over defending champions Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The win sees Real Madrid back in the Champions League final for the first time since 2012, as the club seeks La Decima – a record tenth European title.
With a slim 1-0 lead from the first leg in Madrid, Real came into the match content to sit back against the German club and hitting them on the counter. Just like the first leg, Bayern dominated possession (69% in the second leg) but got precious few scoring opportunities. It also left them constantly susceptible to counterattacks and set pieces, but unlike the first leg they were made to pay by the Spanish club.
Three goals in the first half, two by Sergio Ramos and one from Cristiano Ronaldo -his record 15th of this year’s campaign – left the home crowd deflated.
The second half was a far more subdued affair, with very fair chances as both sides seemed confined to their fates. Ronaldo would complete the scoring with a low free kick in the final minute for his second on the night.
The four goals took Real’s tally in this season’s Champions League to 37 – another record for the club. About the only bad news for the visitors was Xabi Alonso getting a yellow card for a silly and needless challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the first half. Because of the booking the Spanish midfielder will miss the final.
Real Madrid will await the winner of the Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea semifinal. They should now be considered the favorites for the final, which will be played on May 24 in Lisbon.