Real keep treble hopes alive

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Updated: April 30, 2014

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Real Madrid kept their hopes alive of a historic treble when they trashed defending champions Bayern Munich 4-0 on a stunning night for the Madrid giants in Germany.

Real took a slender 1-0 lead to the Allianz Arena however 3 goals in a devastating 18 minute spell lifted Real into their 12th European final and a chance of extending their trophy count to 10 in Europe’s premier club competition.

The tie was effectively ended just 20 minutes into the second leg as Ramos scored twice in the span of four minutes, the Spanish defending nodding home both from set pieces.

Gareth Bale then provided Ronaldo with his first of the night in the 34th minute following a brilliant counterattacking move which saw the Portuguese super star calmly slotting the ball past Bayern keeper Nueur for his 15th European goal of the season, a new record.

To add insult to injury, Ronaldo made it 5-0 on aggregate in the 89th minute when he fired the ball under the Bayern defensive wall from a free kick ending Bayern’s hopes of a third consecutive Champions League final.

It is Real Madrid’s first Champions League final appearance since the club last hoisted the trophy in 2002, and will mark Carlo Ancelotti’s fourth appearance in the final as a manager. The Italian, who replaced Jose Mourinho on the Madrid touchline during the summer, guided AC Milan to the Champions League title in 2003 and 2007 as well as a finals appearance in 2005.

Real await the winners of tonight’s clash between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, the tie in the balance at 0-0.