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Bayern Munich Wins Shootout to Reach Champions League Final

April 25, 2012

Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 3-1 in a penalty shootout to advance to the Champions League soccer final against Chelsea.

Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made two saves and David Alaba, Mario Gomez and Bastian Schweinsteiger converted their penalty kicks at Madrid’s Bernabeu Stadium last night to send Bayern to the final for the second time in three seasons.

Real forced extra time and the shootout with a 2-1 victory that left the teams tied 3-3 over two games. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real and Arjen Robben had the Bayern goal.

Bayern has won Europe’s elite club competition four times and will be making its ninth appearance in the final. Real was trying to reach the title game for the first time since winning the last of its record nine European titles in 2002.

“It was a big blow for us,” Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas said on the UEFA website. “Penalties are always a lottery. We played well, but Bayern are a great team.”

Bayern will face Chelsea, which eliminated defending champion Barcelona two nights ago, in the May 19 game at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Bayern is the first team to play a Champions League final in its home stadium.

Alaba and Gomez scored with Bayern’s first two attempts in the shootout, while Neuer made saves against Ronaldo and Kaka. Real’s Casillas stopped the next two shots by the German team, while Xabi Alonso converted for the home side.

Real’s Sergio Ramos then sent his shot over the goal, leaving Schweinsteiger to score and clinch Bayern’s victory.

Trailing 2-1 from last week’s first game in Germany, Real took the lead in the sixth minute on Ronaldo’s penalty kick after a handball against Alaba. Ronaldo added his second goal eight minutes later to give Real the lead in the series.

Robben then scored with a penalty kick in the 27th minute, after Gomez was taken down by Pepe, to leave the teams tied 3-3 on aggregate.

The loss denies Real manager Jose Mourinho a chance to face former club Chelsea. Mourinho was attempting to take his third team to the final, after winning the tournament with Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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