Real Madrid reached their first Champions League final for 12 years with a historic 4-0 win at Bayern Munich in Tuesday’s semi-final, second leg to knock the holders out.
Having won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid, Real took the semi-final 5-0 on aggregate as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern suffered their heaviest European home defeat.
Bayern had never lost at home by more than two goals in Europe but the Bavarian giants’ hopes of a fourth ECL final in five years were dashed.
“We have witnessed a debacle – we didn’t put enough passion into it,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“We have to keep our nerve and stay rational.”
Real are one game away from ‘La Decima’ – their 10th European title – and will face Atletico Madrid or Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the May 24 final in Lisbon.
Real centre-back Sergio Ramos produced two early bullet headers to dismiss Bayern’s dreams of becoming the first team to defend the Champions League title.
Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-0 at the break before the Real superstar netted his 49th goal of the season with a free-kick just before the final whistle.
Having netted 16 times in this season’s ECL, Ronaldo set a new record for the most goals in one European campaign, bettering the 14 by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and ex-AC Milan forward Jose Altafini.
“Today Madrid have gone to a level that will be recognised across the world and to score two goals is a dream,” said Ramos.
“The final in Lisbon is a dream. It has been a long time coming.”
The only downside was the loss of Xabi Alonso for the Lisbon final after a third booking of the campaign for a first-half foul.
Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has not lost to Bayern in eight matches – six times with former club AC Milan and twice with Madrid – and the Italian is through to his fourth Champions League final as a coach, equalling the record.
There was a minute’s silence before kick-off for former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova, who died on Friday aged 45, and Vujadin Boskov, the former Real coach, who was 82.
The Munich crowd soon saw their dreams of a repeat of last season’s treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup swept away as Real floored the Bavarians in a devastating first-half spell.
Real needed just 16 minutes to take the lead as Ramos powered home his first header from Luka Modric’s corner to silence home support.
Bayern centre-back Dante was shown a yellow card for clumsily scything down Ronaldo just before Angel Di Maria swung in a free-kick and centre-back Pepe flicked it on for Ramos to head home his second goal in four minutes.
Di Maria played Karim Benzema into space and the Frenchman found Bale, who accelerated away. His pass was drilled home by Ronaldo on 34 minutes to leave the hosts 3-0 down at the break.