Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals apiece as Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League final by stunning title holder Bayern Munich, 4-0, on Tuesday.
Madrid completed a 5-0 aggregate victory and will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid in the May 24 final in Lisbon. Bayern slumped to its worst home defeat in the competition, and equaled its heaviest loss overall — 4-0 away to Barcelona in 2009.
It was a historic match for the nine-time European Cup winners. Going into the game, in their previous 10 visits to Munich, they had lost nine and drawn one. They have never scored more than one goal in any of their previous trips to Bavaria.
Prior to the match, there had been talk of Munich burning as hot as hell for the visit of Carlo Ancelotti’s team. In the end, it was a damp squib, as two Ramos goals in the first 25 minutes ended the semi-final as a contest.
Madrid had never won in Munich in 10 previous matches, losing nine. But this time, Ancelotti’s team put its stamp on the game early and struck with awesome efficiency.
Ramos headed home in the 16th and 20th minutes, and Ronaldo raised his tally to a competition-record 16 goals for the season to take Madrid one win away from a record 10th title. (Detroit Free Press, realmadridnews.com)