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  • Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid, Champions League

Ronaldo takes Messi's record

ESPN staff
April 29, 2014
'Hopeless' Bayern Munich

Real Madrid are into the Champions League final for the first time since 2002 after demolishing current holders Bayern Munich 4-0 at the Allianz Arena and 5-0 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo also set a new record by becoming the first player to score 16 goals in a single Champions League/European Cup campaign, with his two goals beating the total of 14 scored by Barcelona's Lionel Messi in 2012.

After winning the first leg 1-0 at the Bernabeu, Sergio Ramos gave Madrid the lead in the second leg with a powerful header on 16 minutes from Luka Modric's corner.

Four minutes later, the Spaniard then scored his second of the night once again from a header following Pepe's flick on from Angel di Maria's free-kick.

Ronaldo made it three in the 34th minute from Gareth Bale's pass after Madrid caught Bayern out on the counter-attack, with the club becoming the first side to score 36 goals in a season in the competition.

Ronaldo brilliantly scored his second as he fired a low free-kick under the jumping wall in the 90th minute.

Madrid will look to add to their record nine triumphs when they face either Atletico Madrid or Chelsea in the final on May 24 in Lisbon. They last lifted the trophy 12 years ago when they defeated Bayer Leverkusen at Glasgow's Hampden Park.

The only negative for Madrid was a booking for Xabi Alonso that rules the midfielder out of the final.

Both teams made just one change from the first leg with Bale replacing Isco for Madrid and Thomas Muller coming in for Rafinha for Bayern.

There was a minute's silence before proceedings began in honour of former Barcelona coach, and Pep Guardiola's former assistant, Tito Vilanova and former Madrid manager Vujadin Boskov who both passed away last week.

Both sides looked nervous at the outset and it was not surprising that the first chance came from an error as Manuel Neuer came out of his area to head away but could only find Bale who fired over an empty net from distance.

Di Maria fired a speculative effort over the bar shortly after and it was not long before the visitors took the lead in the 16th minute.

Dante did well to cut out a Karim Benzema chance but from the resulting corner Modric swung in the ball and an unmarked Ramos headed powerfully home.

The Germans were now looking at an uphill task and that became nearly impossible four minutes later when rampant Real had their second.

Toni Kroos fouled Bale on the right around 25 yards out and Di Maria's delivery was flicked on by Pepe to the edge of the six-yard box, where Ramos met the ball with a diving header to double the lead.

Madrid predictably now seemed quite happy to sit back and hit their opponents on the counter and Ronaldo took advantage in the 34th minute.

Di Maria spread the ball right to Benzema, who freed Bale and the Welshman and Ronaldo were two-on-one with Jerome Boateng. Bale slipped the ball across to the Portuguese and he calmly slotted below Neuer.

Everything was going perfectly for the Spaniards but they suffered a blow in the 38th minute when Alonso deservedly went in the book for a clumsy challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Tempers were clearly beginning to fray as Bayern swarmed round Iker Casillas' goal without really troubling the goalkeeper and Franck Ribery may have been lucky to stay on after an apparent slap to the face of Daniel Carvajal was not spotted by referee Pedro Proenca just before half time.

Guardiola removed Mandzukic at the interval and brought on Javi Martinez and it was Bayern who had the first chance after the break as Ramos was forced to head over his own bar under pressure.

The second half was a far more subdued affair and despite Arjen Robben curling an effort wide and Ribery bringing a save from Casillas, neither side looked like scoring in the first 15 minutes.

Ronaldo headed over the bar but neither side showed much of a threat in the closing stages as Carlo Ancelotti brought off Ramos, nullifying the danger of a yellow card that would cost him his place in Lisbon.

Ronaldo completed the rout in the final minute with a low free-kick from 18 yards as Real completely outclassed the Bundesliga champions.

Sergio Ramos scored two headers in the first half © Getty Images
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