Real Madrid thrash Bayern to reach Champions League final

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Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid

Real Madrid have reached the final of the Champions League and now have an opportunity to clinch a coveted 10th European Cup. Los Blancos proved far too strong for holders Bayern Munich, who were swept aside by a Real Madrid outfit considerably superior.

With the score 1-0 to Real Madrid from the first encounter there was optimism that this second leg would prove to be among the most iconic the competition has produced, but Sergio Ramos singlehandedly put paid to these hopes inside 20 minutes.

The Real Madrid centre-back, who missed a penalty in the semi-final shootout between the two sides in 2012, twice decisively got his head onto the ball in the Bayern area, ensuring Pep Guardiola’s team would need four goals to progress.

What seemed unlikely soon became improbable as Real Madrid scored again in the first-half, with a sweeping counter-attack including Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo - and it finished off Bayern.

Real Madrid were good value for their lead, although the only sour note was the yellow card that will force Xabi Alonso to sit out of the final in Lisbon. It seemed fitting that Ronaldo scored the final goal to send Madrid to Portugal, with his free-kick in the last minute slid perfectly under the Bayern Munich wall.

Should Real Madrid meet Atletico at the Estadio da Luz then it will be the first time two teams from the same city have reached the final. The more intriguing contest, however, will see Jose Mourinho - another Portuguese - face Ronaldo and the club he left only last summer.

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