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|Real Madrid 2-1 (1-3 pens) Bayern Munich: Germans advance to Champions League final in a penalty shoot-out|
Bayern Munich have booked their place in the Champions League final following a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Real Madrid.
Drama was definitely on the menu this evening at the Bernabeau and these two European giants didn’t disappoint. Both sides seemed to believe that they were superior to their opponent and this made for a brilliant game.
The first half was arguably the most enthralling 45 minutes of football you will see all season. It had everything; goals, shocking defending, bookings and some rather dodgy refereeing from Viktor Kassai.
Mr Kassai seemed to misunderstand his own interpretation of handball throughout the game, after having awarded an early penalty to Madrid when Angel Di Maria’s wayward strike unfortunately struck David Alaba on the arm it was somewhat of a surprise when he failed to penalise Pepe during a similar incident at the other end of the pitch just seconds from half-time.
The second half never really got going and after a few frantic scrappy minutes it settled down with Bayern controlling possession and Madrid looking to counter with the pace of Ronaldo and Benzema. From 60 minutes onwards penalties looked inevitable.
Misses in the shoot-out from Ronaldo and Kaka gifted Bayern the early advantage however Iker Casillas stepped up to the plate and brought his side back in to it with two great saves to deny Toni Kroos and Phillip Lahm.
At this point Sergio Ramos decided that the ball Charlie Adam used during the Carling Cup final shoot-out needed some company somewhere up in space and he duly dispatched the ball a country mile over the bar.
Sebastian Schweinsteiger had the chance to win the game for Bayern with the next spot kick, Sebastian Schweinsteiger is German…… goodnight.