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Champions League: Real Madrid's late magic sends 14-time winners to final over Bayern Munich


Real Madrid will play for a 15th European title in the Champions League final in London next month.

The continent's most successful side scored twice late on to overcome a 1-0 deficit to beat Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final in the Spanish capital on Wednesday. Real's substitute Joselu scored both goals in the 88th and 91st minutes.

The result was not without controversy, though: Bayern had what they thought was a last-gasp equalizer ruled out due to a blown offside call; Video replays show that the assistant referee incorrectly raised his flag, causing the center ref to stop play.

Los Blancosdon't care Their victory sets up a meeting with another German side, Borussia Dortmund, in club football's most important match on June 1 at Wembley Stadium.

Below are a few quick thoughts on Wednesday's thriller.

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Davies' opener was beautiful. In the 68th minute, the winger cut in from the left wing and fired an unstoppable shot past Real keeper Andriy Lunin into the net. It was a worthy first career Champions League strike for the Canadian:

It has been an impressive season for the 23-year-old Bayern, who helped the club win the competition in 2020. Davies was not first choice this campaign under manager Thomas Tuchel; He came off the substitutes' bench on Wednesday after Serge Gnabry went off with an injury late in the first half. The speedster's glorious strike was a reminder to both Bayern and Real – who are interested in bringing Davies to Madrid this summer – of his all-world ability.

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The competition looks set to give Real Madrid history Los Blancos Superpowers, especially at home. So it was again at the Estadio Bernabeu. Joselu, a 34-year-old journeyman who had never appeared in the Champions League before this season, changed everything when he equalized with just two minutes of regulation time to play:

At that moment effectively with dynamics, madridistas Their chances in extra time were fancy. Joselu made sure it never went that far.

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It's hard to argue that Real didn't deserve to advance based on the numbers, with the hosts dominating by every single metric. Perhaps the most playful shot was, Real holds a 19-8 advantage.

What's next for Bayern Munich?

It was a cruel end to a miserable season for Bayern, which saw an 11-year stranglehold on the Bundesliga title ended by Bayer Leverkusen. Relegation from the German Cup meant the Champions League was the only salvation for Tuchel – who had already agreed to leave the club at the end of the season – and his team.

They were close. Very close. But the cold hard reality is that Bayern expected to win every trophy in its competition, and came up empty-handed on every front in 2024-25. Hey, at least motivation won't be a problem next year.

What's next for Real Madrid?

First ever final at Wembley. This is no surprise; With a crucial second leg at home, Real were always going to have the advantage after leaving Munich last week, but are almost laughably predictable. the way It happened in the aura of Europe's most decorated quarter and speaks to an indisputable truth: when Europe's most coveted trophy is at stake, Real Madrid are never beaten before the final whistle.

Doug McIntyre is a soccer writer for Fox Sports. Before joining Fox Sports in 2021, he was a staff writer for ESPN and Yahoo Sports and covered United States Men's and Women's National Teams in multiple FIFA World Cups. Follow him on Twitter @By DougMcIntyre.

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