Ronaldo breaks record as brilliant Real destroy Bayern to reach final

Ronaldo breaks record as brilliant Real destroy Bayern to reach final


Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League final with a hugely impressive 4-0 victory at Bayern Munich.

Three first-half goals shocked the home side, who were constantly at risk from counter-attacks and set-pieces, unable to defend with confidence.

Sergio Ramos scored twice, the first coming from a simple Luka Modric corner, with no Bayern player marking him. A few minutes later, he and Real had their second when Pepe glanced on Angel Di Maria’s cross, and the Spain defender was lurking to fire past Manuel Neuer again.

Cristiano Ronaldo then scored his 15th of his Champions League campaign – a record – by sweeping home a shot at the near post after a textbook counter.

In the second half, Real were content to sit back and absorb any pressure, as Bayern had to score at least five goals to progress.

Despite a couple of chances for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery (who was lucky not to see red for a slap on Daneiel Carvajal which went unnoticed), Real never seemed troubled.

Ronaldo waited until the last minute to add a clever second, firing a free kick under the wall. This was a hugely disappointing display by Bayern, and Real should now consider themselves favourites for the final in Benfica.

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