Real Madrid thrashed holders Bayern Munich 4-0 in Germany on Tuesday night to claim a place in the Champions League final for the first time since 2002.
It was expected to be a closely fought contest with Real heading into the match with a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg. But the tie was all but over before the end of the first half after Madrid scored three times in under 20 minutes.
The first goal came from a Luka Modric corner, from which Sergio Ramos sent a powerful header sailing past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal.
Real doubled their lead from another set piece barely three minutes later, Ramos again heading home, this time from an Angel di Maria free kick awarded for a shove on Gareth Bale.
That meant Bayern would need to score at least four to go through and despite dominating possession, as they did in the first leg, they rarely threatened the Real goal.
With the home side forced to attack in greater numbers as they sought to fight their way back into the tie, they left themselves vulnerable to the counter and Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage after 33 minutes, finishing off a slick move involving Karim Benzema after Real broke from their own half.
That was the Portuguese’s 15th goal of the competition, a record for a single season.
He added another in the second half from a free kick, completing a humiliating night for Bayern and their coach Pep Guardiola in his first season in charge.
Madrid, who are now one win away from a record 10th Champions League title, will now face either Chelsea or local rivals Atletico Madrid in the final, with the two sides meeting in Spain on Wednesday following a 0-0 draw in London in the first leg.
Date created : 2014-04-29