Once again, it is Real Madrid vs someone else in the Champions Legue final. This is the third time in as many years and the fourth time in five that they have reached the title clash. Somehow, Real find a way through in this competition. It has to be said though, that in this case, Bayern did show them a part of that way. Real weren’t particularly good but an absolute defensive howler is what allowed Benzema to score their second of the night and fourth of this semi-final tie. Despite Bayern throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at them after that and even getting a goal back, it was that howler goal that was the difference between the two sides.
Against Juventus, Madrid won 3-0 in Italy in the first leg. There was a festive atmosphere for the second leg, which was supposed to be a mere formality. But Madrid was surprised by Juventus, conceding twice in the first half and once after halftime. The 12-time champions escaped an embarrassing home elimination thanks only to a controversial late penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese had little effect on the first leg of the semi-final and Real will be looking to seal up all those gaps that Juve had opened up at the Bernaebeu. The presence of captain Sergio Ramos, who was suspended for the quarter finals second leg, would be a helpful prospect.