Real Madrid edges out Bayern Munich to reach Champions League final

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi

They will meet either Liverpool or AS Roma in the final in Kiev on 26 May, where they will be bidding to become the first side since Bayern in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.

The sort of goalkeeping howler by Sven Ulreich that would make a Sunday league footballer cringe had earlier gifted Karim Benzema one of his two goals but this was otherwise all about Real's experience and, while their streetwise qualities could be admired, it was equally easy to see their vulnerabilities amid a La Liga gap this season to Barcelona of 15 points. Joshua Kimmich, who scored Bayern's only goal in the first leg, scored again in the third minute in Tuesday's second leg.

Defeat was harsh on Bayern, who dominated large spells of the game.

Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus almost pulled off in the quarterfinals. Sergio Ramos should have dealt with it but failed to clear and Kimmich pounced from close range.

The equaliser came on 11 minutes as Mateo Kovacic spread play and Marcelo delivered a superb cross to the back post. He picked out an unmarked Benzema, who rose to power home a header.

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Luka Modric and Marcelo both put balls across the face of goal down the other end, before Ronaldo missed a sitter, and with it the chance put the game out of sight. His first shot was saved from front and center, but the rebound came back to him at a tighter angle, and he buried the chance, choosing not to celebrate against his parent club.

Navas denied the Colombian and Mats Hummels headed wide from a corner in stoppage time, sealing Bayern's fifth consecutive Champions League exit to a Spanish side, and their third to Madrid in that time.

Ulreich's gaffe handed Real the lead in the first minute of the second half.

They sealed their own demise, though, when Ulreich lost his footing as he tried to control a backpass from Corentin Tolisso, allowing Madrid's much-maligned striker Benzema to tap in what proved to be the killer blow. Keylor Navas made a spectacular save on David Alaba from a tight angle just moments after Madrid's goal.

They pressed to the end, forcing Real into a rearguard action, but could not find a way through.

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