Bayern Munich will play a Champions League final at home against Chelsea after missing fewer penalties than Real Madrid in a shootout that would probably be best described as "nerve-teasingly fun." Unless you're Real Madrid.
With two early goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (including a penalty), Real Madrid beat Bayern 2-1 in regular time of their semifinal second leg to put the aggregate score at 3-3 and away goals even at one for each side. So they went to extra time and, after nothing came of that, the dreaded penalty shootout.
Bayern's 19-year-old midfielder David Alaba was the first up and he proved far more clinical than many of the older stars that followed him. Cristiano Ronaldo had his low shot towards the corner saved by Manuel Neuer, then Mario Gomez made his to put Bayern two up. Kaka was next and his shot was almost identical to Ronaldo's, which Neuer again blocked. Then it was Iker Casillas' turn to play the gloved hero, saving Toni Kroos' shot and Philipp Lahm's after Xabi Alonso gave Madrid their only make.
So with Madrid down just 2-1 thanks to Casillas, it was Sergio "The Trophy Killer" Ramos' turn and he blasted a cannon shot over the crossbar. He Charlie Adam'd it to a supreme degree. That left Bastian Schweinsteiger to seal the win for Bayern, which he did. And Mario Gomez rejoiced...
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