Real Madrid moved a step closer to their tenth Uefa Champions League title with a 4-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening, completing a 5-0 aggregate annihilation after the Spanish outfit won 1-0 in the first leg at Santiago Bernabéu. After all was said in the media, it was time for it to be done on the pitch. Both teams were looking to secure their place in Lisbon and write their name in the history books at the expense of the other’s disappointment.
The match kicked off with a high tempo as the hosts saw much of the ball. The hosts were punished as early as the 16th minute when Sergio Ramos rose above all to connect with a Luca Modric corner kick for his first goal of the night. The Spanish centre back was at it again in the 20th minute as he bagged his brace from yet another set piece to give Madrid a 3-0 aggregate scoreline and leave Pep Guardiola’s men with a mountain to climb.
The much talked about lethal front line of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo connected in the 34th minute with a quick counter and the current World Player of the Year feasted on the great play as he sliced the ball past Manuel Neuer for his 15th goal of this campaign to give Madrid a 3-0 lead heading to the break. There was to be no way back for Bayern.
Mario Gotze was unlucky not to have scored in the 75th minute as he navigated his way past the Los Blancos defence only to send his shot over the post. The home side had minimal chances at goal in the second stanza. All was put to bed in the 90th minute when Ronaldo sealed his brace with a low free kick to beat Neuer. A dream of a consecutive champions league title turned into a nightmare for Bayern as Madrid kept theirs of La Dacima alive. Coach Carlo Ancelotti is now eyeing his third Champions League winners’ medal after triumphs in 2003 and 2007 with AC Milan.