UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid reach third consecutive final


Defending champions Real Madrid reached their third consecutive UEFA Champions League final beating German club Bayern Munich 4-3 in aggregate after their semi-final second-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in a 2-2 draw.

Real had won the first-leg last-four game at the Allianz Arena in Munich 2-1 a week ago.

Bayern started things on a very positive note with German international Joshua Kimmich scoring in just the 3rd minute of the match only for Karim Benzema to equalise in the 11th minute.

The scores remained 1-1 at the end of the first 45 minutes although the two sides created many chances.

Real got a massive boost at the start of the second half following a horrendous howler from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. Benzema scored his second of the game to give Zinedine Zidane-managed Real Madrid the lead.

James Rodriguez then equalized for the German champions to make it two goals apiece. However, despite the best efforts, Bayern could not score again that gave Real a place in the final for the third straight season and fourth in five years.

Real Madrid will face the winners of tonight’s second-leg semi-final between Liverpool and AS Roma in the final on May 26.