Real Madrid 2 Bayern Munich 1 (agg 3-3, 1-3 on pens): Shootout agony for Ronaldo and Jose as Germans set up Chelsea final date
12:32 GMT, 26 April 2012
It's Munich in Munich for Chelsea. Hopes of a grand reunion with Jose Mourinho in Bavaria fell apart on a drama-filled night at the Bernabeu.
It went all the way to penalties and the established ability of German teams to convert them proved itself again — more so than the beads Mourinho kissed as he waited for the shootout to begin.
It is the fourth Champions League semi-final Mourinho has lost. Bob Paisley’s record of three European Cups survives another season.
Wunderbar: Bayern Munich celebrate after Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the winning penalty
Agony: Madrid players react during their penalty shootout defeat at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria (Kaka 75), Ozil (Granero 111), Ronaldo, Benzema (Higuain 106).
Subs not used: Adan, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Callejon.
Goals: Ronaldo 6 pen, 14.
Booked: Pepe, Arbeloa, Granero
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery (Muller 95), Kroos, Robben, Gomez.
Subs not used: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Goals: Robben 27 pen.
Booked: Alaba, Badstuber, Gustavo, Robben.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
After an enthralling first half, a more cagey second and then the weariness of extra-time, the two most expensive footballers in the history of the game — Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka — saw their penalties saved by Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer.
Sergio Ramos then blasted his kick a yard over the bar.
David Alaba and Mario Gomez scored as Ronaldo and Kaka missed, then the Bernabeu was given fresh belief when Iker Casillas made stops from Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm.
But only Xabi Alonso scored for Real and Bastian Schweinsteiger drilled in the penalty that took Bayern back to their home turf.
There they will meet a Chelsea team missing four players. Bayern began last night with seven of their squad on yellow cards. Three got another — the admirable Alaba, centre half Holger Badstuber, and midfield engine Luis Gustavo, who rivalled Arjen Robben as man of the match.
Robben had three seasons at Stamford Bridge — as well as two at Madrid — so there will be a reunion of sorts. Bayern will miss Gustavo. But Chelsea will have witnessed in Jupp Heynckes’ players a brilliant determination.
No way past: Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer (left) saves in the shootout from Cristiano Ronaldo
Blown it: Ronaldo slumps to the floor after missing Real's first penalty of the shootout
On his knees: Madrid manager Jose Mourinho (right) was denied a reunion with former club Chelsea
This was meant to be Real’s moment. Ronaldo had said so on Tuesday and, when he scored after six minutes to make the aggregate score 2-2, Madrid thought they were well on the way to a first European Cup final in a decade.
‘The Years Pass, The Legend Is Eternal’ declared a huge banner erected before kick-off. Ironically, as it turned out, Ronaldo’s opener was from a penalty after Alaba was punished harshly for handball. Ronaldo made it 2-0 on 14 minutes with a superb goal, his 54th of an incredible personal season. The Bernabeu was agog.
Spot on: Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) opens the scoring with a penalty past Bayern Munich's keeper Manuel Neuer
Joy: Ronaldo (centre) celebrates with fans and team-mates after scoring from the penalty spot
Sharpshooter: Ronaldo (left) wheels away after scoring Real Madrid's second goal of the night
Milking the applause: Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his second goal of the night
But, in between Real’s two goals, Robben somehow missed a six-yard volley and only a last-ditch Sami Khedira tackle prevented Franck Ribery from punishing Casillas for spilling a Gomez shot.
Real’s defensive fragility had been seen, Robben began to roam menacingly and Real backed off. In the 26th minute Robben initiated the move that saw Pepe force Gomez to the floor for the second penalty and second yellow card.
Only just: Arjen Robben (right) squeezes his penalty past Madrid keeper Iker Casillas (centre)
Making his point: Robben celebrates scoring from the penalty spot and hauling Bayern level on aggregate
Casillas got a hand to Robben’s kick, but it was now 2-1, 3-3 on aggregate.
In the 45th minute, Casillas was tested again by Robben, the 17th attempt in a brilliant, breathless half.
Sacre Bleu: Bayern's French playmaker Franck Ribery reacts after missing a shot on goal
The second could not keep pace, though it started sharply, Gomez worrying Casillas with a header.
Bayern had as much of the play as the hosts and, on 75 minutes, Mourinho introduced Kaka.
But the Brazilian is a diminished force and the one serious chance of the second period fell in the 86th minute to Gomez, who dallied six yards out and the opportunity was lost.
Over the top: Robben takes a tumble after a challenge by Madrid defender Marcelo
Football's coming home: Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrates after scoring the final penalty
The 30 minutes of extra-time produced no shots on target but there was a tug by Neuer on another home substitute, Esteban Granero, who was booked for diving.