Real Madrid hang on to book Champions League final spot

Tyler Owen
May 2, 2018

They will meet either Liverpool or AS Roma in the final in Kiev on 26 May, where they will be bidding to become the first side since Bayern in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.

The record books will show that Real Madrid reached their 16th European Cup final and could lift a third consecutive trophy when they potentially play Liverpool in what would be a repeat of the 1981 final, which was settled by Alan Kennedy's late goal.

The sense of invincibility that Real Madrid may have accumulated in the Champions League over recent years has rarely stretched this season to their defence and, knowing that at least two goals were needed, Bayern Munich were certainly set up to attack.

The win means Real Madrid is potentially just 90 minutes away from a Champions League three-peat, which has not been done since Bayern Munich did it in the mid 70s.

Defeat was harsh on Bayern, who dominated large spells of the game.

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Bayern came close a couple of times to a third goal that would have put them through during the... Sergio Ramos should have dealt with it but failed to clear and Kimmich pounced from close range.

"The closing down from Marcelo is embarrassing really".

Eight minutes later Madrid regained the aggregate lead when Marcelo was allowed to advance from left-back and afforded the time to line up a flawless cross that found Benzema in space to head in at the far post.

Ronaldo forced a save from Ulreich at the other end before Ramos headed into the side-netting from the resulting corner. His first shot was saved from front and center, but the rebound came back to him at a tighter angle, and he buried the chance, choosing not to celebrate against his parent club. Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule were also thwarted as Bayern stepped up the pressure. Keylor Navas made a spectacular save on David Alaba from a tight angle just moments after Madrid's goal.

Ronaldo side-footed over from six yards but the German side regained control and levelled on the night as Rodriguez struck at the second attempt after his initial shot was blocked. James stuck out his foot to almost convert right in front of goal after Robert Lewandowski's effort was blocked by Madrid goalie Keylor Navas, who was again brilliant.

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