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Thursday, April 26, 2012

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE : Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid to reach final

German club Bayern Munich edged out Real Madrid on penalties at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening to qualify for the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final on May 19th.

Real Madrid had edged Bayern Munich 2-1 on the night with all the goals coming in the first half, a result that was the reverse of Bayern Munich's 2-1 win in the first leg, leaving the score tied 3-3 on aggregate,

After 30 minutes of extra time failed to seperate the teams it was left to the penalty shootout to decide the tie and who claimed a place in the Champions League final.

The shootout was a dramatic way to decide the match with Real Madrid seeing their first two penalty kicks saved, before forcing a way back into the contest after Bayern Munich missed kicks three and four.

Then Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos failed to handle the big occasion, sending his penalty kick high over the crossbar, and Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger scored his kick to send the German side through.

Bayern Munich will host the final at the Allianz Arena, the first club to do so in the modern Champions League era, and will face English club Chelsea who defeated Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday night.

RESULT : Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich (agg. 3-3) Bayern win 3-1 on penalties.
Goals : Cristiano Ronaldo 6(p), 14, Arjan Robben 27.

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