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How Real Madrid Qualified For Champions League Final

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How Real Madrid Qualified For Champions League Final

 

Afor Kenneth

Real Madrid staged a remarkable comeback against Bayern Munich, securing their spot in the Champions League final as Joselu scored twice late in the game, securing a 2-1 victory on Wednesday and a 4-3 aggregate win.

Alphonso Davies gave Bayern Munich the lead in the second half, but Real Madrid, the record 14-time winners, mounted a stunning comeback with Joselu scoring in the 88th and 91st minutes.

The Spanish champions will now face Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley on June 1, after overcoming the team they consider their “black beast.”

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Joselu, a squad player who came on as a late substitute, etched his name into Madrid’s history books with his decisive brace.

“There have been a lot of times we have looked dead and buried, but we have that mentality of never say die,” said Real midfielder Jude Bellingham.

“Joselu deserves it all, he has been an amazing squad member this season.”

Real Madrid dominated the match, but Alphonso Davies’ impressive goal hinted at a potential repeat of the 2013 all-German final in London.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel made three changes, including benching Thomas Mueller and Leon Goretzka from the first leg.

Dani Carvajal returned for Madrid after missing the first leg due to suspension, playing a pivotal role as the hosts controlled the opening stages.

Rodrygo Goes came close to scoring from Carvajal’s cross, while Vinicius Junior’s shot hit the post after Neuer’s save.

Bayern’s Serge Gnabry was replaced by Davies due to injury before Harry Kane threatened with a long-range volley, well saved by Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

Both teams entered halftime evenly matched, with Neuer denying Vinicius’s free-kick.

The second half continued with high intensity, with Davies’ shot deflecting off Lunin’s goal.

Vinicius posed a constant threat for Madrid, while Neuer made crucial saves to deny the Brazilian forwards.

However, Bayern capitalized on Madrid’s strongest moment, with Davies scoring a brilliant goal after a pass from Kane.

Madrid thought they had equalized through Nacho, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR review.

Tuchel substituted Kane to protect the lead, but Madrid seized the opportunity to create more European memories.

Neuer’s error led to Vinicius’s shot, which Joselu turned in to equalize, followed by another goal from Joselu after Rudiger’s assist.

Although initially ruled offside, the decision was overturned after review, securing Madrid’s chance to compete for their 15th Champions League trophy after nearly 15 minutes of stoppage time.

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