Real Madrid produced a master class in how to play total football as they totally dismantled a rather embarrassing Bayern side Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal meeting, ending the Bavarians’ dreams of a second consecutive treble with a 4-0 humbling at the Allianz Arena.
No real chances were produced in the first half until Real Madrid’s opening goal of the night, which took place during the 14th minute of the game. Luka Modrić floated in a delightful corner which was defended terribly by Bayern as Sergio Ramos ghosted in unchallenged and crashed in a bullet header past Manuel Neuer.
In the early exchanges it was quite a feisty affair as dirty challenges were committed left, right and centre. The worst was Dante’s cynical challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the 19th minute, Madrid then took 2-0 lead thanks again to some lacklustre defending. A free-kick was delivered in after a foul on Gareth Bale. The first touch was met by Pepe who flicked onto the onrushing Sergio Ramos who glanced in to claim his second goal of the night.
This left the Bayern faithful shell-shocked. Real Madrid’s talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, could have added even more gloss to the score line but the counterattack initiated by Madrid was finished with Ronaldo dragging his shot just past the post.
The influential Portuguese international did get his name on the score sheet later. Madrid formed a swift counterattack; Angel di Maria played an intricate pass into Benzema who then played the ball into the feet of Gareth Bale. The former Spurs man accelerated and made a short pass across the box to Ronaldo who passed it into the net past the helpless Manuel Neuer.
The first real chance that fell to Bayern was at the start of the second half. David Alaba brought down a cross but his right footed effort was in vain as it was blocked by the impressive Sergio Ramos.
Throughout the second half Bayern began asserting confidence, but they couldn’t produce the goods to claw themselves back into the game. Arjen Robben went close for the Bavarians but his low curled effort just went past the post. This was the first chance of a few for the German side. The next was from Franck Ribéry, he made a powerful drive at the defence but his effort was tame as it rolled into the hands of Casillas.
Mario Götze then was guilty of wasting a decent chance; his immense footwork was met by a superb turn that left the Madrid defence befuddled but his effort just went over the bar. The last chance of the game for the Germans was a Toni Kroos effort but his left footed drive went over the bar.
Rubbing salt into Bayern’s rather substantial wounds was when Ronaldo added a fourth for Madrid with a free kick. The goal occurred in the 89th minute when Ronaldo’s low drive alluded the Bayern defence as the ball trickled under the legs of the players in the wall and into the net.
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