In a second historic UEFA Champions League semifinal in two days, Bayern Munich upset the odds and sensationally progressed to the final—at their own ground—following a dramatic penalty shoot-out win.
The Bavarians will meet Chelsea—another surprise finalist after dumping out FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou—at the Allianz Arena on Saturday 19th May, after their 3-1 shootout victory after90 minutes regulation time and 30 minutes extra time with the aggregate score at 3-3.
Bayern held their own against Real, and after bouncing back from 2-0 down to score that all-important away goal, looked like the team much more likely to progress.
Below are the Bayern Munich player ratings from this very memorable Champions League semifinal at the Bernabeu.
GK, Manuel Neuer: 8
Throughout the game, Neuer was generally reliable, saving Ronaldo's free-kicks with ease and commanding his area well.
A solid performance from the Germany shot-stopper—a crucial factor in helping Bayern through.
RB, Philipp Lahm: 7
The Bayern Munich captain and Mr. Reliable was exactly that again tonight, doing his defensive duties well as he put in six tackles and made three interceptions, limiting the impact of Ronaldo after his two goals.
On the ball he wasn't bad—not great though—either as he drove play forward well, reflected in his passing accuracy of 96 percent.
CB, Jerome Boateng: 9
The former Manchester City defender must be glad to be back at Bayern Munich, because on nights like this, he's really able to prove his worth.
The 23-year-old was at the heart of Bayern's defending tonight, and if it wasn't for him they probably wouldn't be celebrating right now.
Two last-ditch tackles undoubtedly saved two goals, and that says it all.
CB, Holger Badstuber: 8
He'll miss the final after picking up a yellow card (if only Geoff Shreeves was able to tell him), and it's a shame for Bayern because he was one of their best players at the Bernabeu.
Like his center-back partner Boateng, Badstuber unassailably saved a goal with a last-ditch tackle, and did well to spot the danger and clear it efficiently on a number of occasions.
LB, David Alaba: 6
David Alaba conceded the penalty which gave Real Madrid the impetus to get a second goal, and didn't win any tackles.
He cleared the ball well a couple of times and also was a bit of a threat going forward, but didn't put many good crosses in and overall was lucky his defensive colleagues were on the ball.
He got booked just five minutes into the game and will also miss the final, but he's definitely a replaceable player in the team. The best thing he did in the match was make it through without picking up another booking.
DM, Bastian Schweinsteiger: 7
Mr. Bayern Munich scored the winning penalty that sent his team through to a dream final at their own stadium, and overall mixed his defensive and attacking duties well.
He won four tackles and made three key passes, and was at the heartbeat of almost everything his side did—reflected in the fact he hit 121 passes, 30 more than any other player on the pitch.
DM, Luiz Gustavo: 8
Like Holger Badstuber, Luiz Gustavo will also miss the final after picking up a yellow card and, again, that's a big disappointment given how crucial he was for his team in Madrid.
His statistics say it all: nine tackles won, five interceptions made, three clearances made—all of them out to a teammate.
Forming a great midfield partnership with Schweinsteiger, the pair got the balance right with Gustavo focusing on giving the back-four protection, allowing his partner more license to be a playmaker.
RW, Arjen Robben: 7
He scored the penalty on 27 minutes which thrust Bayern Munich right back into the contest, and throughout the game was his team's main attacking threat, taking six shots on goal—three of them on target.
The former Real Madrid winger also set-up his teammates well, creating four direct chances for others.
AM, Toni Kroos: 9
Proving himself as a very valuable asset for Bayern this season, Kroos was brilliant again today as he was the heartbeat of the majority of his side's forward play.
He set up teammates on five different occasions, and made the third-highest amount of successful passes on the pitch, with his vision and passing accuracy key in unsettling Real.
Defense starts from the front, and while Bayern's back-four should take major credit for halting the Spaniards, Kroos' play in attack was key in pushing the hosts' back and giving the visitors' defense some much-needed breathing space.
LW, Franck Ribery: 5
Franck Ribery struggled against Alvaro Arbeloa and made little impact on the game—apart from giving Pepe another reason to start play-acting.
He won a few corners and set up a teammate on one occasion, but besides that Ribery did nothing of note.
ST, Mario Gomez: 6
Mario Gomez had three shots on target and had eight overall, providing some sort of end product for the midfield's hard work, but overall he failed to deliver when it really mattered.
And from a striker's point of view, the moment he fluffed his lines on 86 minutes after being put through by Arjen Robben was unforgivable—and it would've been hard for his teammates to forgive him had they lost.
Sub, Thomas Mueller: 6
Put in a good shift for the 25 minutes he was on, and helped see the game through to penalties.
Overall it was a good performance from Bayern Munich, and while they just about deserved to go through, a 2-1 defeat on the night was an accurate reflection of the game up until penalties.
They'll miss the presence of Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo for the final, but with the comfort of being at home and quality they proved they have over a Real Madrid side currently better than FC Barcelona, they should be a safe bet to beat Chelsea and win the 2012 UEFA Champions League.
Statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com
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