Thursday, October 30, 2014   

(Champions League) Real boot Bayern to reach final
(04-30 10:53)

Real Madrid reached their first Champions League final for 12 years with an historic 4-0 win at Bayern Munich in Tuesday's semi-final, second leg to knock the holders out.
Having won last week's first leg 1-0 in Madrid, Real won the semi-final 5-0 on aggregate as Pep Guardiola's Bayern suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition, AFP reports.
Bayern had previously never lost at home by more than two goals in Europe as the Bavarian giants saw their dreams of reaching a fourth Champions League final in five years crushed.
"We have witnessed a debacle, we didn't put enough passion into it,'' said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"We have to keep our nerve and stay rational.''
Real are now one game away from 'La Decima' -- their 10th European title -- and will face either neighbours Atletico Madrid or Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the May 24 final in Lisbon.
Real centre-back Sergio Ramos produced two early bullet headers to dismiss Bayern's dreams of becoming the first team to defend the Champions League title.
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-0 at the break before the Real superstar netted his 49th goal of the season with a free-kick just before the final whistle.
Having now netted 16 times in this season's Champions League, Ronaldo set a new record for the most goals in a single European campaign, bettering the previous mark of 14 set by Barcelona's Lionel Messi and ex-AC Milan forward Jose Altafini.
"Today Madrid have gone to a level that will be recognised across the world and to score two goals is a dream,'' said Ramos.
"The final in Lisbon is a dream. It has been a long time coming.''
The only downside to Real's stunning win in Germany was the loss of Xabi Alonso for the Lisbon final after he picked up his third booking of the campaign for a first-half foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
But there was no denying an historic night for Real, especially for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has now never lost to Bayern in eight matches, six times with former club AC Milan and twice with Madrid.
The Italian is through to his fourth Champions League final as a coach, equaling the record.   
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