Whites deserve to reach the final but lose tie in penalty shootout
Bayern Munchen also pulled rank and started to test Casillas, who was fantastic against Mario Gomez. Robben scored from a penalty on the 26-minute mark, therefore drawing the tie and forcing Real Madrid to score another strike, but the visiting goal was a harsh blow to the locals and the Germans tried to capitalise on this. Casillas cleared another Gomez shot soon after the goal and Benzema missed the target by inches in the 30th minute. Just before half-time, Iker again pulled off a stellar save against Robben, keeping the 2-1 score for the start of the second half.
Munchen started to have more possession, but Real Madrid proved to be more dangerous in counterattacks. Neither side had clear chances in the opening minutes of the second half until Neuer was strained to clear a Benzema shot that finished off an extraordinary personal effort (56'). The crowd started to roar in support of its team while both sides played a careful game. Kaka came on for Di Maria on the 75-minute mark and Mario Gomez nearly netted an equaliser from the penalty spot, but the local centre backs did well to thwart his chances.
The game went into extra time, which proved tough on both sides. Real Madrid had recently played a very tough game against Barcelona and were clearly strained, while Bayern Munchen had reserved eight of the men who played tonight in last weekend's Bundesliga clash. Neither side scored and a penalty shootout had to take place.
Alaba netted the first penalty for Bayern Munchen and Neuer managed to save Ronaldo's. Mario Gomez also defeated Casillas and Neuer again cleared a penalty, this time from Kaka. Bayern were 2-0 up and everything seemed lost until Iker Casillas, the best goalkeeper in the world, pulled rank and saved two shots, equalling the score. Unfortunately, Ramos sent his penalty over the crossbar and Schweinsteiger netted the winner for the Germans.
The Bernabeu crowd gave their team a standing ovation. Real Madrid deserved more and were better than Bayern in both legs, but luck wasn't on their side. Despite everything, the German side deserves to be congratulated for reaching the final and for the great season it's had in the competition.