Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (agg: 4-3): Breath-taking victory as Joselu scores two last minute goals.

Real Madrid snatched an incredible semi-final victory as two late goals defeated Bayern Munich and set up a Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund.

In contrast to the first-leg tie in Bavaria, Carlo Ancelotti’s team dominated the first few minutes of play, looking to use Vinícius Júnior as their main offensive weapon. With a late double from Joselu, Real Madrid defeated Bayern München to advance to their 18th European Cup final. The 14-time champions then produced another spectacular comeback in the semi-final at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, setting up a final matchup with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on June 1.

The Brazilian, who had already scored twice in Munich, put Manuel Neuer to the test with his first shot of a furious opening frame. The 38-year-old goalkeeper just needed the smallest of touches to turn a low shot onto the inside of his post. Rodrgyo’s shot from the rebound was quickly collected by the Bayern No. 1 at the second try.

Bayern didn’t react until just before the half-hour mark, when Harry Kane’s superb volley forced Andriy Lunin to completely tip over the upright. Alphonso Davies, a Bayern player who replaced the injured Serge Gnabry in the first half, had a fast start and stretched the home defense. Early in the second half, his deflected drive went over Lunin but looped onto the top of the Ukrainian net.

With increasing regularity, the two teams exchanged attacking blows. Vinícius Júnior cut in from the left touchline, galloping into the area and finding Rodrygo, who could only poke wide. After a daring run from the left, Vinícius Júnior caused an incredible stop, but Neuer was equal to Rodrygo’s curling free-kick.

But the first goal came from Bayern’s Davies, who ran with great speed and force. Just within the Bavarians’ half, the Canadian international raced onto Kane’s lofted ball, lowered his shoulder to trick Antonio Rüdiger and move control to his right, and then curled wonderfully into the far corner.

The home team attempted to equalize, and Vinícius Júnior cleared the ball after Rüdiger had placed it over the top of the Bayern defense, but Madrid, who had scored in every home encounter at the tournament’s knockout stages since April 2011, would not be defeated. Ancelotti’s replacement was the one who turned the tide of the match in their favor. With just over ten minutes remaining, Vinícius Júnior’s thunderous shot was unstoppable, and Joselu was the first to respond.

Raising memories of Los Merengues’ dramatic comeback against Manchester City here in the semi-finals two years prior, when substitute Rodrygo scored twice in the dying moments, the 34-year-old pounced for his second goal in extra time, setting up Rüdiger’s low center to cap off an incredible comeback and secure a meeting with Dortmund at Wembley. The 14-time European champions Real Madrid will take on Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday, June 1.

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  1. Angus says:

    Madrid is indeed a miracle club.
    The fight till the end.

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