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A comeback with a double from Joselu takes Real Madrid to the Wembley final – 2024-05-13 04:58:54

Real Madrid’s players celebrate victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 8, 2024. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

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A double from Joselu took Real Madrid to the Champions League final this Wednesday, after coming back and winning 2-1 at the buzzer against Bayern Munich in the semi-final second leg of the top European tournament.

After the 2-2 first leg in Munich, Alphonso Davies opened the scoring for Bayern (68), but Joselu’s two goals (87, 90) gave Real Madrid the ticket to Wembley, where they will face in the final another German team, Borussia Dortmund, who beat Paris Saint-Germain the day before.

Real Madrid, after a new exercise of resistance, returns to a Champions League final two years after the one they beat Liverpool in Paris, to then lift their fourteenth European champion title.

The white team dominated the match on another magical night in their stadium, but crashed again and again against an immense Manuel Neuer, until Joselu, who came on for Rodrygo (79), was able to beat the German goalkeeper.

The meringues were able to take the lead early in the game, with a ball from Dani Carvajal that crossed in front of the goal line without Rodrygo (6) being able to reach it.

Bayern responded with a through ball to Serge Gnabry, who shot too cross (8).

The German team was pushed into their field by Real Madrid in the first half hour.

– Neuer, case a wall –

After a quarter of an hour, Vinicius hit the post and the rebound was finished off by Rodrygo in goal, for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (13) to shine.

The two Brazilians were a nightmare for the Bavarian defense, but they could not get past the Bayern goalkeeper.

Vinicius was about to surprise Neuer with a cross that was poisoned, but the German goalkeeper sent it for a corner (40).

Neuer would once again frustrate a point-blank shot by Vinicius (60) and a foul from the edge of Rodrygo that forced the German goalkeeper to fly (59).

Bayern found a way to stop Real Madrid with long possessions and moving the ball from one side of the field to the other, but without threatening Andriy Lunin’s goal.

Real Madrid’s Ukrainian goalkeeper showed a great hand to deflect a volley from the edge of Harry Kane (27).

After the break, Bayern came out more threatening, with a new warning from Kane that Lunin cleared (54).

Bayern began to arrive more with their fast men, like Jamal Musiala’s shot, which Lunin took (66).

– Bayern strikes first –

Real Madrid’s Ukrainian goalkeeper couldn’t do anything shortly after when Davies came from the side, cut Rüdiger and unleashed a cross shot into the top corner, unstoppable (68).

Real Madrid had the chance to tie in an own goal by Bayern Munich, but a previous foul by Nacho annulled the goal after a VAR review (71).

The German victory seemed certain, but at the bell Neuer rejected a shot from Vinicius and the rebound was finished off by Joselu at the goal mouth to tie (88).

Just two minutes later, the merengue striker finished off a cross from Rüdiger to make it 2-1 (90).

Initially disallowed for offside, the goal was validated after a video referee review.

The discount was a new exercise of resistance against a desperate Bayern that saw how Matthijs de Ligt was not awarded a goal with time already expired, due to a previous offside (90+10).

© Agence France-Presse

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