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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate, through to third consecutive Champions League final: Highlights

Karim Benzema scores twice to crush a resurgent Bayern Munich in their tracks and send Real Madrid to third successive Champions League final.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: May 2, 2018 2:41:32 am
Real Madrid are looking for a third consecutive Champions League title. (Source: Reuters)

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.

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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Live Champions League semi-final second leg:

02:27 (IST)02 May 2018
Bayern distraught, Real ecstatic

The Bayern players immediatly break down after the final whistle. The referee gave them a fair run in injury time but the reality is that one moment of madness is what has cost them this game. They were the better side for muchof this match but Real, somehow, always find a way. Cristiano Ronaldo was not able to make an impact, in fact he was quite terrible with all those miscued passes and shots but Real, somehow, always find a way. 

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02:14 (IST)02 May 2018
FULL TIME! Real Madrid 4-3 Bayern Munich on aggregate, through to fourth final in five years

A flurry of action as the referee lets play go on for five extra minutes, all involving Bayern. Real are simply unable to take the ball to a conrer and waste time but they manage to stop Bayern from putting in a good cross when the Bavarians had the ball. The final act is Hummels send in a God-please-make-a-miracle-happen cross into the box for Muller who nearly meets it in the box. But 'nearly' is the important word here, as it has been for much of this second leg. 

02:07 (IST)02 May 2018
92 mins

Ribery boots it to the central area just outside the Real area, Javi Martinez passes into the box to set Hummels free, he passes it to Lewandowski but Navas holds on to the ball. 

02:05 (IST)02 May 2018
91 mins

Slender margins. Bayern Corner and the ball bounces off multiple heads before Ronaldo heads it out for another corner. Thiago takes, Hummesls rises but his header is just wide. 

02:02 (IST)02 May 2018
87 mins

Ronaldo sends Bale clear down the left and the Welshman takes a touch too many and his shot is sa-doesn't matter, off side. Asensio is taken off and he takes a good 30 seconds, making sure he thanks his beloved fans before high fiving Nacho into the game. Varane then takes forever to set the ball down with microscopic precision and the referee has enough, gives him yellow. 

01:58 (IST)02 May 2018
84 mins

Asensio trips and falls and injures himself, Bayern have the ball and it is put out by James. He is then taken off by Heynckes for Javi Rodriguez.

01:57 (IST)02 May 2018
82 mins

Alaba crosses it and finds Muller who heads it towards the bottom right. Navas does well to get down and parry it away. Minutes later Ribery feeds Alaba again and he crosses it in again, it misses Muller and Lewandowski and Real clear.

01:53 (IST)02 May 2018
79 mins

Ronaldo takes the ball, dribble dribble dribble and gets into the box but Sule nips it off his feet before he could do anything meaningful. He has pretty much marked Ronaldo out of the game so far. 

01:51 (IST)02 May 2018
75 mins

Alaba crosses into the box, finds James who takes the shot, takes a heavy deflection and slows it down for Navas to collect easily. Ronaldo pushes forward, plays it to Bale whose shot is deflected out of the pitch seemingly but referee says its goal kick. 

01:48 (IST)02 May 2018
73 mins

Alaba crosses in from the left into the box where thre Bayern shirts are rising. One of them is Muller who heads it down, it falls kindly for Tolisso who takes the shot first time, Navas saves from point blank range. That was good stuff from the Chilean.

01:46 (IST)02 May 2018
71 mins

Changes for Real, Gareth Bale and Casemiro come on for Kovacic, Benzema

01:44 (IST)02 May 2018
69 mins

Marcelo prepares to put it in from a corner when another ball rolls out onto the field. Drop-ball and Bayern boot it upfield. Minutes later, Kimmich puts it in from the right midfield area trying to find Lewandowski, Varane wins the battle. 

01:38 (IST)02 May 2018
GOAL! Real 2-2 Bayern, 4-3 on aggregate (James 63 mins)

This was coming. Sule plays it into the box and James takes the shot, Navas blocks and James burries the rebound. He puts up his hands in apology but deep inside his heart, he must be doing cartwheels . Penalties or extra time are not possible now, one more goal and Bayern are through. 

01:35 (IST)02 May 2018
61 mins

Bayern go full machine gun on Real. First Thiago and Lewandowski take shots which are blocked and then it comes out to Sulle whose shot from outside the box is deflected again. They are giving it their everything. 

01:33 (IST)02 May 2018
59 mins

Ronaldo misses a few sitters, the first is a cross from the right by Asensio that he misses and then a Kovacic cross from the right that he absolutely skies. Meanwhile, here is the howlerazzo:

01:28 (IST)02 May 2018
53 mins

Lewandowski goes down due to a Ramos challenge and the referee doesn't give penalty. It is a corner that comes to nothing for Bayern. Ramos did get a touch to the ball but that was a real heavy challenge. 

01:25 (IST)02 May 2018
50 mins

Benzema goes down inside the box as he and Hummels race behind the ball but no penalty given. Real don't really protest it. Bayern take it to the other side and Alaba lazers in a shot from 20 yards, Navas saves.

01:22 (IST)02 May 2018
GOAL! Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern, 4-2 agg (Benzema 46 mins)

That is a shame. Bayern were so good in the first half and to concede due to such a howler is  an absolute shame. Tolisso, the first half of that howler, plays a blind-as-a-bat pass to keeper Ulreich, the second half of that howler, who first thinks of handling it seems, remebers that is illegal, then sliding it clear and then kicking the air around the ball, Benzema simply collects the ball and passes it into goal. Bizarre. 

01:04 (IST)02 May 2018
HALF TIME! Real Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich (3-2 agg)

That is how a first half of a match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich should feel like, which wasn't the case when the return leg was being played one week ago. Both sides have been great in possession and not so great in defence. But that is what has made this so exciting in the first place. Just before half time, Kimmich's cross from the right hit Marcelo's hands and the Bayern players went up in protest. Referee doesn't give the spot-kick and replays show that it really couldn't have been intentional. But a certain tennis legend thinks otherwise.

01:02 (IST)02 May 2018
44 mins

Alaba brought down by Lucas Vazquez down the left and he appeals for a free kick. Referee says nothing doing, although it does look like Alaba had a case there. Tolisso then gets the ball just outside the Real area and tries to curl it into the top corner, misses by a good distance 

(Source: Reuters)

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.

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