Bayern Munich to face Chelsea in Champions League final as Madrid crash out on penalties
In another pulsating night of champions league action it was the players of Bayern Munich who held their nerve as they came through the dreaded penalty shootout. Bastian Schweinsteiger struck the decisive penalty to ensure that Bayern will be able to take part in a final that is taking place at their home ground.
After the drama of yesterdays incredible semi final you would have forgiven it if this match didn't quite come to life but come to life it did and in spectacular fashion, with a first half that sparked into action early with a penalty in only the fifth minute of the match for a harsh handball given against Alaba, who was subsequently booked and thus ruled out of the final. Ronaldo dispatched the spot kick and then added another in the 14th minute after being given the freedom of the Bayern box. He was slipped in by Ozil and took his chance clinically. Bayern, in spite of the predicament they found themselves in were looking dangerous and before we even had half an hour of play a second penalty was awarded as Gomez was adjudged to have been fouled by Pepe. Robben kept his nerve to score -just - Iker Casillas getting a good hand to it but it wasn't enough to keep it out.
That was it for the goals but it was an absorbing, entertaining clash and perhaps it was fitting that this, the most played fixture in Champions League history (this being their 14th meeting) would come down to a shootout.
In the shootout itself both Ronaldo and Kaka missed from the spot - Ronaldo joining Lionel Messi in crucially missing from the spot.
Simply put, the form-book has gone out of the window these past two nights in what has been a Tuesday and Wednesday night to remember. The reaction on Twitter has already exploded into overdrive as you can see from above and there will be more reaction and analysis right here as the dust settles but for now it's time to congratulate Bayern Munich on a fantastic achievement and look ahead to an intriguing, if unexpected Champions League final.
May 19th, Bayern vs Chelsea, England vs Germany - in Munich. There's much to look forward to.