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April 29, 2014
• Allianz-Arena, München
Referee: Pedro Proença
• Attendance: 68000
Real Madrid win Aggregate 5 - 0
Sergio Ramos 16', 20'
Cristiano Ronaldo 34', 90'
That's all that we have time for at the Allianz Arena, we hope that you have enjoyed our coverage of Real Madrid's 4-0 away thrashing of Bayern in the Champions League semi-final. I've been Simon Harrison and I hope to see you again next time.
Bayern were too predictable and lacked any kind of penetration, with Casillas not having enough work to do in the semi-final of the best European domestic competition around. Real Madrid decimated Die Roten on the counter, with Cristiano capping the result with a tremendous fourth, but can Los Blancos take La Decima in Lisbon?
FULL TIME! Real Madrid progress to the Champions League final, ending their three year run of slipping up in the semi-final stages! They do it in some style, eliminating favourites Bayern 5-0 on aggregate, with second leg goals from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo confirming their navigation into the next round.
90' + 3'
ALABA! The Austria international fires a long-range free-kick at goal, but Casillas has all the time in the world to watch it, pat it down and claim. That should be that.
90' + 1'
Only two minutes of stoppage time and that goal from Cristiano is his 67th in the Champions League, equalling the record of Lionel Messi. Given Barcelona's failure to progress to this stage, the Portuguese has the chance to take the lead in the final!
GOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A GOAL FROM CRISTIANO RONALDO! The Portuguese forward steps up for his free-kick, but slots the ball under the jumping wall! It's a Ronaldinho-esque finish and he meant every second of it! It's FIVE for Los Blancos on aggregate!
Real Madrid's substitutes have slotted into the system fairly seamlessly, with the away side able to press forward with regularity despite not needing to convert any more opportunities. Two free-kicks won in dangerous areas in the last five minutes for Los Blancos and Kroos gives away another rashly.
Real Madrid look as though they'll be making their way to their first Champions League final in 12 years in quite some style. Ancelotti's system has worked flawlessly, with a fantastic defensive performance from the visitors silencing everything that make Bayern such a difficult team to face under normal circumstances.
Ángel Di María
Ancelotti makes his final change, with Brazilian youngster Casemiro given a run-out, in place of the mercurial Di Maria. He looks exhausted, he's put in some phenomenal work rate this evening. His lightning quick runs from deep have caused Real Madrid all kinds of issues.
BALE! VARANE! A corner is whipped in devilishly for the away side, with the Wales international unable to get contact on the delivery at the near post, before Varane sees an effort blocked at the far one!
Less than ten minutes to play, with Bayern continuing to be denied time and time again. Despite how late it is in the game, Real Madrid constantly have willing runners to help their side push upfield, meaning that the home side can't surrender defensive responsibility completely.
Isco is Ancelotti's next change, with Benzema the man to be taken off. The former Malaga man will presumably be asked to perform more defensive duties than he is used to, possibly giving Bale license to press up as Los Blancos' second striker.
KROOS! The Germany international certainly isn't afraid to shoot, sidestepping past Alonso before arrowing a 25-yard effort narrowly over Casillas' crossbar! The experienced goalkeeper was at full stretch, he wasn't too sure where that ball was heading.
GOTZE! Clever move from the young German midfielder, who juggles the ball in the penalty area, before earning himself a yard of space. The former Dortmund man unleashes a volleyed snapshot, but his effort is always rising, lasering over the target from eight yards.
Raphael Varane is Real Madrid's first change, with the young Frenchman replacing Sergio Ramos, who was at risk of picking up a suspension should he pick up a yellow card. The substitute is more than capable and tipped for great things.
Bayern are shuffling their offensive options, but still cannot pierce Real Madrid's two banks of four. Guardiola appears to think that Bayern need more of a presence up top, though the home supporters don't agree that Muller was the man to be replaced.
Two changes for Guardiola, as Ribery is replaced by Gotze, with Pizarro also taking to the field. The Peruvian forward grabbed two goals at the weekend, contributing several assists in the past couple of weeks too. He just might be the catalyst Bayern need.
CRISTIANO! Di Maria stands up an excellent cross to the back post but Alaba does just enough to pressure the Portuguese forward, who loops a poor headed effort high and wide of the target.
Just over 20 minutes left and Bayern don't appear able to even find an opening goal. Martinez's introduction has shored things up, but Real Madrid have been more than happy to sit off, given their gargantuan lead. A near-perfect defensive display, the only blemish being Alonso's card.
COENTRAO! GREAT SAVE! The Portuguese left-back finds himself in space at the back post, picked out wonderfully by a looping Bale cross from the right. Coentrao fires at goal from six yards out, but Neuer gets a long leg to the ball to deny Real Madrid their fourth of the night!
KROOS! The Germany international tries his luck from an audacious distance, around 35 yards, but Casillas has enough time to position himself well and get a firm forearm behind the ball.
Pepe is on yet again to make an important block, standing tall to deny a shot from the Germany international, who isn't providing the physical presence which Mandzukic contributed in the first half. Guardiola isn't afraid to make changes, but the sacrifice of the Croatia international has been arguably detrimental.
Nervy save from Casillas, as Muller gets to the byeline brilliantly, before cutting back a strange cross. The experienced goalkeeper appears to accidentally deflect the ball behind for a corner, but Real Madrid deal with the resulting set piece easily.
RIBERY! The France international manages to go on a mazy run, beating Coentrao with a change of pace, before firing a low drive towards the near post! Casillas is able to smother the effort easily. Positive sign for Bayern!
The home crowd are continuing to urge their side forward, but this result appears to be a foregone conclusion. Real Madrid haven't threatened going forward whatsoever, perfectly happy to sit back in numbers and frustrate this below-par Bayern showing.
Kroos drops a shoulder before releasing Alaba down the left flank, but the Austria international's cross heads across the penalty area without anyone making contact. The hosts only look dangerous when Lahm or Kroos get on the ball in advanced areas. Robben curls a long-range effort at goal, with Casillas sprawling, but it whistles wide of the post.
Ten minutes of the second half have passed without Bayern looking to change their game plan. Cristiano is nearly found by a smart early cross from Di Maria, but Boateng beats the Real Madrid forward to the ball. It's a case of rinse and repeat in terms of patterns of Bayern's play.
Real Madrid are able to sit in their two banks of four, with Bayern now not having the option of hitting Mandzukic with long crosses if moves don't quite go to plan. Muller is good in the air, but the combination of Ramos and Pepe continues to nullify everything Die Roten can throw at them.
Guardiola's change, which allows for Martinez to drop in between Boateng and Dante in the centre of defence, permits Alaba and Lahm to really push upfield on the flanks. Los Blancos haven't really threatened on the wings, their forward play has been direct, with the likes of Bale and Benzema actively running at defenders.
Bayern have enjoyed all of the ball from the restart, but Real Madrid are more than happy to sit back and soak up the pressure. They know that they can be clinical on the break, with their three shots on target equalling a 3-0 second leg lead.
One change at the break for Bayern, as Mandzukic is replaced by Martinez, with the hosts hoping to shore things up in midfield slightly, while pushing Muller and Kroos further forward. The Croatia international really didn't threaten as Guardiola would have hoped.
We are back underway in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, with Real Madrid holding a four goal advantage, meaning that Bayern need five goals without reply to progress! Too big of a challenge for Guardiola's men, surely?
Rejoin us in ten minutes time for all of the second half action, as Bayern look to try and turn around a four goal aggregate deficit, without leaking any goals at the back. Boateng and Dante will hope that their second half outing will be a little less traumatising.
Bayern have had plenty of the ball, but Real Madrid have been countering at will, with every break upfield looking incredibly dangerous for Los Blancos. Guardiola may make a couple of changes at the break, with no real joy in the opening 45 minutes for Mandzukic nor Muller.
HALF TIME! It's Bayern 0-3 Real Madrid at the break, with two goals from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano's 66th Champions League goal giving Ancelotti's men a seemingly unassailable lead. It would take something incredibly special for Bayern to turn this around.
45' + 2'
Cristiano tries his luck from 30 yards, but blasts a free-kick attempt high into the crowd. That should be the last attempt of the half, with Neuer racing off his line to deny yet another lightning break from Real Madrid.
Two minutes of stoppage time at the end of this first half. Replays show that Ribery actually slapped Carvajal while waiting for a set piece to be taken, with the Frenchman fortunate that the referee's attention was elsewhere.
Great challenge from Pepe! The Portugal international matches Schweinsteiger's run stride-for-stride, before sliding in well to deny the German midfielder's attempted cross from the byeline. The visitors' defence has been excellent.
Robben isn't in the mood for any of Pepe's play-acting, as the Dutchman clearly believes that the Portuguese is faking a head injury after being struck by Alaba's shot. The Real Madrid defender receives treatment, with Sergio Ramos able to make an important clearance in his absence.
Five minutes until the break and Bayern will presumably want to grab their opener before half-time. Mandzukic is fed yet another cross, but is unable to send his header towards the target, before Alaba's low drive is blocked by Pepe.
Robben tries his luck from a 30-yard free-kick, but gets it all terribly wrong, ballooning the ball high into the crowd. The visitors' third was Cristiano's 50th Champions League goal in 50 games for Real Madrid, what an outstanding record for a world-class player.
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso picks up a yellow card for a foolish challenge, meaning that if Real Madrid progress, he won't be part of it due to suspension. He is visibly distraught upon realising what the referee's brandished card means for his season.
CRISTIANO! What an effort! Neuer is caught off his line once again, with the Portuguese attempting an audacious attempt from 40 yards! It bounces in the penalty area before looping over the crossbar, with Neuer stranded.
Ten minutes until the break and this has been an unbelievable first half. Cristiano has grabbed the third of Real Madrid's goals. Guardiola does not look like a happy man and you can see why. Casillas could be reading a newspaper, such has been the hosts' impotency. Martinez warms up.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! WHAT A COUNTER FROM REAL MADRID AND CRISTIANO RONALDO HAS GRABBED IT! The home side are torn apart, with three passes taking Los Blancos the length of the field. Bale races towards goal despite the attention of Boateng, before squaring a pass unselfishly to allow Cristiano to fire home!
Another corner is floated into the centre of the box for Real Madrid, with Cristiano the man to try and get on the end of the delivery. He doesn't fare as well as his central defensive teammate, however, with his contact only enough to flick the ball backwards and clear of the penalty area.
Robben tries to break into the penalty area, but that man Pepe is on hand to block the Dutchman's path, robbing him of possession fairly. The Portuguese has been excellent this season, with a clean sheet tonight surely the icing on an already decadent cake.
Half an hour on the clock and things certainly aren't going to plan for the hosts. Two goals from Sergio Ramos have Real Madrid in a commanding position, with Bayern suffering from the same lack of penetration which has plagued them in recent weeks. Another cross is flung into the box from the right, but Pepe beats Mandzukic in the air again.
Casillas will be rather pleased that he's had nothing to do thus far, as the veteran goalkeeper is set to surpass Raul's winning record for Real Madrid if the scoreline stays the same. Victory tonight would be the Spain international goalkeeper's 428th in a Los Blancos shirt. Alaba breaks down the left excellently, but his square ball slithered across the entirety of the six-yard box.
The momentum is slowly swinging back into the home side's favour, after Die Roten appeared to be shellshocked for five or so minutes. Cristiano breaks upfield with real pace, digging the ball out from under his feet and dragging a long-range effort narrowly wide.
RIBERY! The Frenchman is allowed to turn in the penalty area, after being fed a smart pass by Lahm. He flashes a shot across goal, with Casillas relieved to see the ball zip wide of the target. Finally, Bayern have had a dangerous effort.
Mandzukic tries to fire a header towards goal, with Lahm and Robben combining well down the right. The cross is good, but Pepe keeps tabs on the former Wolfsburg man, ensuring that his eventual effort isn't made under no pressure. Casillas is able to claim the Croatian's looping attempt.
Four goals are required for Die Roten to progress into the final now, but they certainly don't look capable of it thus far. Teams are appearing to begin to figure out how to counter Guardiola's system, with Casillas still yet to make a save. Possession means nothing without goals!
GOOOOOOOOOAL! SERGIO RAMOS AGAIN! UNBELIEVABLE! Ancelotti's men are two goals to the good in the opening 20 minutes, with Pepe flicking on Di Maria's free-kick delivery, allowing for Ramos to nod home unmarked from eight yards! What a start to the game!
That's now consecutive Champions League semi-final second leg ties that Sergio Ramos has scored in and this one has really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons. Tensions and tempers are rising, with the Bayern players thinking that the referee isn't being too kind to them!
Yellow card for Dante, after a late challenge from the Brazilian on Cristiano Ronaldo. There's no complaints from the defender, with the Portugal international looking in some pain. Catching the Real Madrid forward on the top of his foot with his studs showing, the visitors aren't happy with that tackle.
GOOOOOOAL! REAL MADRID TAKE THE LEAD AND IT'S SERGIO RAMOS! The corner is whipped in and the Spain international rises fantastically to place a bullet header beyond the reach of Neuer! Bayern have to score three to progress!
The opening quarter of an hour has been fast-paced, but with neither side able to carve out any big chances. Benzema is picked out brilliantly on the move by Di Maria, but Dante covers across to clear behind for a corner.
Robben has gone down, but it appears that the Netherlands international merely has a problem with his boots. After tying his laces yet again, Neuer is able to get the game back underway. Bayern will just be glad that it wasn't an injury!
Reasonable cross from Bale on his weaker foot from the right hand side, but Boateng is able to rise well and head the delivery away from the awaiting Cristiano. Di Maria picks up the pieces, but can only fire high and wide of the far post!
Tempers boiling at the Allianz Arena, with Franck Ribery reacting angrily to Carvajal, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, clearly feeling as though he was fouled by the former. The match official is quick to respond, defusing the situation, before warning the players involved. If the Frenchman picks up a yellow, he's suspended for the final.
BALE! That is a big chance for the Welshman! Benzema is released by a lofted through ball, with Neuer able to come off his line and make a headed clearance. With the Germany international goalkeeper caught in no man's land and his half-clearance falling to the feet of Bale, the former Spurs man tries his luck first-time from 30 yards. It is always rising, heading way over Bayern's crossbar!
Robben looks to break to the byeline, with Coentrao doing well to get his body in front of the Dutchman and go down. The home crowd aren't happy with the referee's decision, but it was intelligent play from the Portuguese.
Ribery and Robben are being looked for constantly, as Die Roten try to move the ball around with pace in the early stages. Casillas is still a very lonely man in the Real Madrid penalty area, as the experienced goalkeeper hasn't been posed any questions whatsoever.
Important foot in from Pepe! Muller is released down the right hand side by Lahm, with his cut-back to the edge of the penalty area looking to find the onrushing Mandzukic. The pass is slightly too close to the Portuguese defender, however, who makes a timely interception to stop the Croatia international in his tracks.
The opening five minutes have passed with only Neuer being called into action, but Bayern have dominated possession - as is always the case. Whenever the away side get hold of the ball, they are roundly and loudly jeered and whistled by a home crowd who have really found their voice for the occasion.
When the hosts have possession, Bale is dropping in the midfield, adding an extra man to Los Blancos' thick ranks. Cristiano and Benzema are being left up front to pose a threat, hoping to be released quickly by the likes of Casillas to put them into a foot race with Dante and Boateng.
Bayern are looking to settle things down, holding onto the ball and pushing Alaba and Lahm high and wide. Real Madrid are looking to keep their forward three pushed up whenever possible, looking to keep the threat of the counter constantly alive.
Half chance in the opening minute, with Di Maria released down the left by Cristiano! The Argentine cuts back what looks like a good cross, picking out Benzema lurking at the back post, but Neuer claims well. Bright start!
We are underway in the first half! The atmosphere is electric and Real Madrid get things started in their customary white. Bayern are donning their own home kit too, with the red wave looking to rush forward from the off.
There is a moment of silence ahead of the game, in memory of Vujadin Boskov and Tito Vilanova. Both great footballing men, with the silence observed impeccably by all. Now that the tributes are out of the way, it's time to get down to the small matter of the Champions League final second leg.
The players stream out onto the turf, with this match set up to be a fantastic spectacle. Plenty of noise echoing around the Allianz Arena, which must be intimidating for the away players. The Champions League anthem rings out, signalling that kick-off is imminent!
Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery both scored last time out in the Bundesliga, with the Frenchman showing the desire and aggression which saw him nominated for the last Ballon D'Or. The atmosphere is fantastic, with plenty of choreography and noise from the home fans. Real Madrid are facing a stern, stern test tonight, needing to hold out defensively while posing a threat on the break.
Ten minutes until kick-off, so be sure to stick around for all of the action, as Real Madrid and Bayern look to play out arguably the biggest game of the season thus far. Karim Benzema's first leg strike has Ancelotti's men in the driving seat, with Los Blancos' scoring record at the Allianz Arena looking rather impressive. Bayern have it all to do to turn this tie around, but managed to do so quite fantastically against Werder Bremen at the weekend - in this very stadium.
These two sides have met in five European Cup semi-finals, but Real Madrid have only progressed from this match-up on one occasion in 2000. After tasting cup success in the Copa del Rey and watching rivals Atletico Madrid close in on the La Liga title, the thirst for La Decima is stronger than ever. Bayern however, have their own agenda, hoping to be the first side to retain the Champions League trophy since Carlo Ancelotti's Milan side of 1990.
Against Spanish clubs, Bayern have only lost once at home, with that solitary defeat occurring at the hands of Deportivo La Coruna. Real Madrid have lost in the semi-finals in the last three competitions, but the travelling supports will be a little more optimistic this time around. Los Blancos matched Bayern every step of the way at the Bernabeu, amping up the pressure on Pep Guardiola to prove that his style of football can be incisive as well as aesthetically pleasing.
Real Madrid substitutes: Diego Lopez, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Morata, Isco, Illarramendi.
Real Madrid starting line-up: Casillas; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Coentrao; Modric, Alonso, Di Maria; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano.
Bayern substitutes: Van Buyten, Javi Martinez, Rafinha, Pizarro, Gotze, Raeder, Hojbjerg.
Bayern starting line-up: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba; Scheweinsteiger, Kroos; Robben, Muller, Ribery; Mandzukic.
TEAM NEWS: One change from the first leg for Carlo Ancelotti's men, as Gareth Bale comes in for Isco, following the Welshman's recovery from an illness. In theory, the Italian coach's starting line-up suggests that Real Madrid will line up as a 4-3-3, but it is possible that we'll see Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo dropping as an extra midfielder if required when Bayern have the ball. Fabio Coentrao retains his place at left-back, despite Marcelo coming back to fitness.
TEAM NEWS: Captain Philipp Lahm is re-installed at right-back after enjoying a fantastic second half performance against Werder Bremen last time out. Thomas Muller is given license to support the lone striker of Mario Mandzukic, with dangermen Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on either flank. Dante and Jerome Boateng start at centre-half, with the likes of Javi Martinez, Mario Gotze and Claudio Pizarro on the bench.
I'm Simon Harrison and I will be leading you through all of the action from the Allianz Arena, as Real Madrid look to overpower their third consecutive German team away from home - previously Los Blancos have managed to beat Schalke and lose to Dortmund. Carlo Ancelotti has named a very attacking side despite holding a 1-0 aggregrate advantage, perhaps smelling blood due to Bayern's solitary victory in their last three Champions League home games.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of tonight's huge Champions League clash between Bayern and Real Madrid, with the visitors having a 1-0 advantage from the first leg. Die Roten, however, have never lost to Los Blancos at home, with the Allianz Arena also something of a fortress in most competitions. Pep Guardiola needs to answer his critics tonight, making a few changes in light of several poor recent results against the likes of Augsburg, Borussia Dortmund and even this evening's adversaries.
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