UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd leg:
Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (3-3 on aggregate) AET Bayern win 3-1 on penalties

By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor from Santiago Bernabeu

Bayern Munich won 3-1 in a dramatic penalty shoot-out win to knock out favourites Real Madrid out of the Champions League after a superb game saw them recover from an early setback to take the match to extra time. 

A duboius Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the 5th minute for handball by Alaba, and then an excellent move ending with Ronaldo slotting home, looked like putting Real out of sight in the opening 20 minutes. But Arjen Robben's penalty took it to an extra half hour, until penalties decided the team to face Chelsea in the final. 

After Bayern's 2-1 win last week, Real were overwhelming favourites to progress to their first Champions League final since their last win a decade ago. And they knew a 1-0 would be enough. However, Bayern had their own incentive to progress, playing the final at their own ground. 

Real started at a incredibly fast pace with Khedira shooting straight at Neuer. 

But the hosts made the breakthrough on 5 minutes. Alonso's crossfield ball found Angel Di Maria who hit a ferocious shot which hit Alaba on the arm and Referee Victir Kassai - on advice from the official behind the goal - awarded a penalty. 

Cristiano Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, coolly, easing the ball into the boteom left corner, sending Neuer the wrong way. Real had the goal they needed. 

But Bayern should have been level just minutes later - and would have been if not for the shocking miss by Robben. Alaba made a fantastic run beating 4 players and delivering an excellent cross which Robben somehow scooped over from an open goal. 

Mario Gomez, with the second most goals behind Messi this season, had a shot saved by Casilllas and Ribery was denied a rebound by Khedira' last ditch tackle. 

Real doubled their lead on 14 minutes. Ozil slipped in Ronaldo, who was just onside, to easily slipped it past Neuer to give clear daylight to the Spanish hosts. 

But the German side continued to create chances: Gomez and Gustavo were, however, just off target. 

But Bayern were awarded an route back into the game, when Pepe pushed over Kroos from Robben's cross and the referee pointed to the spot again. Arjen Robben - a one-time Madrid player -  squeezed the ball past Casillas into the corner. 

Bayern used their new-found momentum to take control of the game. Sweinsteiger slipped in Gomez but Casillas was in quickly to smother. 

The former German Champions - runners up to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in 2010 - could have had another spot kick right on half time when Pepe handled Robben's free kick into the watchful arms of the Spanish Captain. 

The second half was just seconds old when Benzema was played in behind but he found the brick wall that was Neuer in his way and then denied him again with a diving save. 

Real were getting frustrated especially with Gustavo who was persistantantly fouling but had escaped a booking - and Arbeloa was cautioned for a cynical hack on Ribery just ine of a few examples. 

As tiredness wore on both sides became weary and the the final ball or shot was starting to lack. 

In extra time, Bayern looked fitter and mentally stronger. But as the second 15 minutes wore on, it looked like both sides were settling for penalties. 

And so the drama came. Cristiano Ronaldo - who missed in both the 2008 semi-final and the 2008 final, thought he good get Neuer again. But this time his shot was brilliantly kept out by the Germany number 1. Kaka then missed as Bayern went 2-0 up. 

But then it was the turn of the Spanish number 1 to show what he could do as he saved from Kroos and then captain Lahm. 

But the drama didn't end there; there was one final twist. Sergio Ramos, who had one of his better games, skied his penalty beyond row z - into orbit. 

It was left to Bastian Sweinsteiger to score the winning penalty, send 4,000 Germans into dreamland, and deny Jose at the Semi-final stage once again. 

So, the final: Saturday 19th May, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea at the Allianz Arena.


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