CL: Real Madrid rout FC Bayern Munich 4-0 to storm into the final
Munich: Real Madrid reached their first Champions League final for 12 years with an historic 4-0 win at Bayern Munich in Tuesday's semi-final, second leg to knock the holders out.
Real Madrid's players celebrate winning 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid CF in Munich on yesterday. Pics/AFP
Having won last week's first leg 1-0 in Madrid, Real won the semi-final 5-0 on aggregate as Pep Guardiola's Bayern suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition.
Bayern had previously never lost at home by more than two goals in Europe as the Bavarian giants saw their dreams of reaching a fourth Champions League final in five years crushed.
"We have witnessed a debacle, we didn't put enough passion into it," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"We have to keep our nerve and stay rational."
Real are now one game away from 'La Decima' - their 10th European title - and will face either neighbours Atletico Madrid or Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in the May 24 final in Lisbon.
Real centre-back Sergio Ramos produced two early bullet headers to dismiss Bayern's dreams of becoming the first team to defend the Champions League title.
World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo then made it 3-0 at the break before the Real superstar netted his 49th goal of the season with a free-kick just before the final whistle.
Having now netted 16 times in this season's Champions League, Ronaldo set a new record for the most goals in a single European campaign, bettering the previous mark of 14 set by Barcelona's Lionel Messi and ex-AC Milan forward Jose Altafini.
The only downside to Real's stunning win in Germany was the loss of Xabi Alonso for the Lisbon final after he picked up his third booking of the campaign for a first-half foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League second-leg semi-final football match FC Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid CF in Munich on yesterday
But there was no denying an historic night for Real, especially for coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has now never lost to Bayern in eight matches, six times with former club AC Milan and twice with Madrid, and who is through to his fourth Champions League final as a coach, equalling the record.
There was a minute's silence before kick-off for former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday at the age of 45, and Vujadin Boskov, the former Real coach who passed away on Sunday aged 82.
The Munich crowd soon saw their dreams of a repeat of last season's treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup swept away as Real floored the Bavarians in a devastating first-half spell.
Real needed just 16 minutes to take the lead at the Allianz Arena as Ramos powered home his first header from Luka Modric's corner to silence the home support.
It was the start of a miserable five minutes for Bayern as centre-back Dante was shown a yellow card for clumsily scything down Ronaldo just before Ramos struck again.
When Angel Di Maria swung in a free-kick, centre-back Pepe flicked it on for Ramos to head home his second goal in just four minutes to leave Bayern reeling.
Real then compounded Bayern's misery as Di Maria played Karim Benzema into space and the Frenchman found Bale, who accelerated away.
His pass was drilled home by Ronaldo on 34 minutes, the Portuguese forward breaking the record for most Champions League goals in a campaign, to leave the hosts 3-0 down at the break.
Guardiola responded at half-time by swapping Mario Mandzukic for Javi Martinez, abandoning his 4-2-3-1 formation for a 4-2-4 system and pushing Schweinsteiger further forward with Thomas Mueller.
Despite Bayern's best efforts, Real's defence held firm and then Ronaldo put the final nail in the holders' coffin with his second of the game when his free-kick went under the Munich wall on 90 minutes.
Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich winger
We have been punished. But we have to lift our heads, because we have a cup final coming up (vs Dortmund). We received a beating today. Accept it. Cry about it. Go home. Then move on
Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich coach
I made a mistake with the tactics, the trainer wasn't good today. We played badly, that's my responsibility. We are at the highest level where such errors are punished
Franz Beckenbauer, Bayern honorary president
There are those days where nothing works out for you and everything the opponent does works out for them. This was one of those days. Real absolutely deserve their place in the final
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid defender
Everyone of us left their heart and souls out on the pitch tonight. It is a dream to be going to the final. I have never played a final (in this tournament) before
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid winger
Carlo (Ancelotti) changed everything, especially the mentality of the players. We'll go to Lisbon with our heads held high, but with our feet on the ground. It will be a difficult game
Gareth Bale, Real Madrid winger
This is definitely why I came to Madrid. This is why I wanted to come to the biggest club in the world. To win trophies, to win massive games. But we still haven't won it yet