Late Double from Joselu Sends Real Madrid to Champions League Final Over Bayern Munich AFP

Late Double from Joselu Sends Real Madrid to Champions League Final Over Bayern Munich

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Football

May 9th, 2024

Real Madrid fans erupted in celebration on Wednesday night as a late brace from substitute Joselu secured a dramatic 2-1 victory (4-3 on aggregate) over Bayern Munich and booked their place in the Champions League final. This sets up a mouthwatering clash against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium on June 1st.

The opening half offered glimpses of attacking intent from both sides, with Real Madrid edging the possession and creating the clearer opportunities. Rodrygo went agonizingly close, striking the post before seeing his rebound parried away by Manuel Neuer. However, a moment of controversy arose as replays revealed a second ball on the field during the chance, sparking debate about a potential disallowed goal.

The second half mirrored the first, with Real Madrid dictating the tempo and testing Neuer on several occasions. Vinicius Jr. proved a constant thorn in Joshua Kimmich's side, showcasing his trademark pace and trickery down the left flank.

Against the run of play, Bayern Munich stunned the Bernabeu crowd with the opening goal in the 70th minute. Alphonso Davies, a player heavily linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, cut inside Antonio Rudiger and unleashed a powerful right-footed strike that nestled into the top corner.

Real Madrid refused to surrender, however. Their relentless pressure paid dividends when Neuer inexplicably spilled a tame shot in the 87th minute, allowing Joselu to pounce and equalize. The Bernabeu erupted once again, and the momentum had shifted decisively.

The drama wasn't over. Just minutes into stoppage time, Joselu rose to the occasion once more, expertly turning in an Antonio Rudiger cross. A tense VAR check followed, but the goal was eventually awarded, sending the Real Madrid faithful into a frenzy.

Bayern Munich, depleted by Harry Kane's earlier substitution, couldn't muster a response in the dying moments. Matthijs de Ligt thought he had snatched a dramatic equalizer, but a marginal offside call by the assistant referee ended their Champions League dream and confirmed Real Madrid's place in the final.

Joselu's late heroics cemented his name in Real Madrid folklore. The former Stoke City striker, who arrived on loan from Espanyol, silenced his doubters with a performance that defied expectations. His goals not only propelled Real Madrid to the final but also reignited their never-say-die spirit, a hallmark of their European success over the years.

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