May 20th, 2024

Real Madrid rallies late to beat Bayern 2-1 and reach another Champions League final


By Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press on May 8, 2024.

Real Madrid's Joselu scores his side's opening goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Jose Breton)

MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons.

Joselu scored in the 88th minute and then in stoppage time for the record 14-time European champion, which advanced 4-3 on aggregate to set up a final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1 in London.

Bayern had taken the lead on Canadian Alphonso Davies’s goal in the 68th.

Davies came on for injured forward Serge Gnabry in the 27th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Joselu’s first goal was a tap in after Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer spilled an easy save. The second was initially called off for offside but was eventually allowed after video review.

It will be Madrid’s record-extending 18th European Cup final, and ninth in the Champions League era, also a record. Madrid beat Liverpool when it last made it to the final in 2022.

Six-time European champion Bayern was looking to return to the final for the first time since winning the competition in 2019-20. The loss meant there will be no rematch of the all-German final in 2013, when Bayern beat Dortmund to win its fifth European title.

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