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Player ratings as late Joselu brace decides Champions League semi-final

Player ratings as late Joselu brace decides Champions League semi-final

Real Madrid booked their spot in the Champions League final on Wednesday evening after beating Bayern Munich 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to two late Joselu efforts.

With the first leg having finished 2-2 in Munich, there was nothing to separate the two teams come the end of a nervy first half in the Spanish capital.

But the game exploded into life after the break following Alphonso Davies’ wonder strike and it was Joselu who proved the saviour for Madrid with two late tap-ins to send the Spanish giants to the final.

Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 1 June.

How the game unfolded

With the tie finely poised following an exciting draw in the first leg in Bavaria, it was unsurprisingly hosts Real Madrid that dominated early proceedings.

The newly-crowned La Liga champions were quick to set up camp in the Bayern Munich half and should have been ahead when Vinicius Junior rattled the post in the 13th minute, with Rodrygo’s rebound well stopped by a sprawling Manuel Neuer.

Bayern had shown their teeth at the other end with some efficient counter-attacks and Harry Kane came within a whisker of providing the opener with a powerful volley from outside the box. Thomas Tuchel’s side grew in confidence as the first half wore on, buoyed by a spirited defensive display.

However, despite both having their moments, neither side could make the breakthrough before the half-time whistle, with two stubborn defences and slightly cautious attacking units cancelling one another out in a cagey first half.

Both sides came out with a more aggressive mindset after the restart, with Alphonso Davies and Kane firing unsuccessfully at Andriy Lunin’s goal before Rodrygo deflected a cross millimetres wide of the Bayern post.

Madrid started to turn the screw just before the hour mark as Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior took the game by the scruff of the neck. The former saw his 25-yard free kick rebuffed by Neuer before the latter thrashed an effort goalward that the German stopper parried with a strong palm.

But, against the run of play, Bayern eventually took advantage of one of their increasingly rare forays forward to take the lead. Kane’s 50-yard pass released the speedy Davies down the left flank, who cut in on his weaker right foot and lashed a stunning drive past Lunin.

Madrid thought they had levelled just four minutes later as Nacho’s deflected effort trickled beyond Neuer from a corner. But the Spanish defender was deemed to have…

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