1 May 2014

Dazzling Real thrash woeful Bayern to reach final

12:39 pm on 1 May 2014

Real Madrid tore Bayern Munich apart with three goals in 18 first-half minutes to reach the Champions League football final with a 4-0 win on a dreadful night for the holders in Germany.

Two headers from Sergio Ramos, a breathtaking breakaway goal by Cristiano Ronaldo and a late free kick by the Portuguese forward in a one-sided semi-final, second leg handed Bayern their heaviest home defeat in European competition.

Bayern, beaten 5-0 on aggregate, were impotent in attack and ragged at the back and their performance left a stain on the reputation of their former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.

Real, who will now face Atletico Madrid in the final next month, did to Bayern exactly what the Bavarians had done to Barca last year when a 7-0 aggregate semi-final win had pundits predicting an era of dominance for the Munich side in Europe.