Champions League Semifinals-2nd Leg

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Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid (3-3 Agg.); Bayern wins on penalties 3-1

After successfully handing Real Madrid a disappointing loss in what has been a crazy week for Real with the two legs versus Munich and the El Clasico win over Barça, Bayern set a date in the Champions League final versus Chelsea. This after Bastian Schweinsteiger put away the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shootout to win it for the Germans.

The game was dominated early on by Madrid; they earned a penalty kick in the 6th minute after the referee made a harsh handball call on David Alaba and Cristiano Ronaldo then scored from the fortuitous penalty kick. Eight minutes later, Ronaldo made it two with a cool finish from a sweet Mesut Özil through-ball. The tie was back on a knife-edge 12 minutes later as Pepe was penalized for a push on Gomez as he tried to get on the end of Kroos’ cross into the box. Arjen Robben stepped up and although he missed a decisive penalty in the title decider verses Borussia Dortmund just a few weeks ago, he calmly snuck the ball past Iker Casillas’ hand.

As the game got farther along no team took their chances and the referees rejected many penalty appeals from both teams. Extra time could not decide the match either, and so the game moved to penalties where Ronaldo, Kaka and Ramos all failed from the spot to hand the Germans a place in the final on May 19.

Chelsea 2-2 FC Barcelona (3-2 Agg.)

Chelsea produced one of the greatest escapes in the history of European football as they survived the sending off of John Terry and the onslaught of Barça at the Camp Nou to advance to the final on May 19th to face Bayern Munich.

Terry looked to have ruined the title hopes for the Londoners as he stupidly kneed Alexis Sanchez from behind; however, the Chilean made the most of the love tap as he rolled around shamelessly in order to get the referee’s attention like a baby cries to their parent’s attention.

The Blues’ 10 men stayed strong and persevered, fighting back from goals from Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta with a stunning chip from Ramires before half-time. The form of Petr Cech no doubt won the game for Blues as he pushed a Lionel Messi penalty onto the bar in the 49th minute.

Ramires’ 45th minute goal put Chelsea ahead in the aggregate on away goals and Chelsea dug in from there as they thwarted numerous Barcelona attacks. In the closing moments, much to the agony of the home fans, the Blues put away Barça for sure as a long clearance found substitute Fernando Torres with 50 yards of space in which to run and he made no mistake as he rounded Victor Valdes and tucked home the clincher.

Players to miss final (due to suspension):

Bayern Munich:                                                                        Chelsea:

Luis Gustavo                                                                                    Ramires

Arjen Robben                                                                                    Branislav Ivanovic

David Alaba                                                                                    John Terry

Holger Badstuber                                                                        Raul Meireles

 

Jonathan Zinser

 

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