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Player ratings: Real Madrid 2 – 1 Bayern Munich; 2024 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals

Real Madrid once again demonstrated their never-say-die attitude and penchant for dramatic comebacks as they staged a remarkable late turnaround to book their place in the UEFA Champions League final.

The Spanish giants found themselves trailing Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final clash at the Allianz Arena, but their grit and sheer determination paid off in the worst moments of the game.

Exciting encounter:

The match was exciting and hard-fought, both teams showed maximum commitment and desire to reach the coveted final.

Led by their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich took the lead and looked to be heading for a famous victory. However, Real MadridAn indomitable spirit and belief in their ability to overcome any obstacle proved too strong to resist.

The decisive moment came in the 88th minute. After a series of incisive passes and relentless pressure, the ball fell kindly to the feet of substitute Joselo, who made no mistake and fired it past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to level the scores.

The noise inside the Allianz Arena was as deafening as that of Real Madrid traveling fans they erupted in cheers, feeling that their team’s never-say-die attitude could once again prevail.

Two minutes later, the unthinkable happened. Joselu, who had only been on the pitch for a few minutes, was once again in the right place at the right time and used a well-executed team move to fire home the winner to send the Real Madrid bench and fans into raptures.

Shortly after, the final whistle blew and Real Madrid sealed their passage to the pavilion Champions League the final in dramatic fashion, to the dismay of the home fans and Bayern Munich players, who gave it their all but ultimately failed.

Rating of the players of the whole match:

Full player rating

Andriy Lunin – 7: The Real Madrid keeper had a relatively quiet night, but he did everything he needed to do when called upon. He made four crucial saves, two of them from inside the box, and confidently scored a late cross to see out victory.

Dani Carvajal – 7.5: The experienced right-back put in a solid defensive performance and coped well with the pace and trickery of Bayern’s attacking trio of Gnabry, Musial and Davies. It will be his sixth Champions League final appearance, a testament to his longevity and pedigree at the highest level.

Antonio Rudiger – 8.5: The German centre-back was a rock at the heart of Real Madrid’s defence, showing his typical tenacity and determination. He fought for every ball as if it was his last and provided the crucial assist for the equalizer with a precise left-footed cross from inside the box towards Bayern’s goal.

Nacho – 7.5: The versatile defender was hardly missing throughout the match. He showed his pace and anticipation by outmuscling Sane on what could have been a dangerous Bayern counter-attack in the first half. Nacho also played a key role in the winning goal, feeding Rüdiger the pass that led to the assist for Joselu’s strike.

Ferland Mendy – 7: The French left-back had his hands full with the trickery Leroy Sane, who was Bayern’s biggest threat over two legs. However, Mendy handled the duel well in the second leg and his composure and positioning were key in a late 3v1 situation where he was the lone defender and his defensive work kept Real Madrid in the match.

Aurélien Tchouameni – 6: The young French midfielder had to cover a lot of ground whenever Bayern looked to counter-attack. While it may not have been his best performance, Tchouameni kept things simple in possession and helped Real Madrid maintain control for long periods of the game.

Fede Valverde – 6: Like fellow midfielder Tchouameni, Valverde wasn’t at his best, but tried to use his athleticism and work rate to match Bayern’s Josip Pavlovic.

Toni Kroos – 9: The German maestro put on another master class in one of the biggest games of the season. Kroos was the heart of the Real Madrid team, making four key passes, amassing 112 touches, completing an impressive 95 of 101 passes and delivering 18 of 20 accurate long balls. His defensive contributions were equally crucial, with countless well-timed tackles and challenges.

Jude Bellingham – 6.5: While the young Englishman may not have made much of an impact offensively, his night will be remembered for his relentless work rate and defensive discipline. Bellingham made some well-timed challenges close in on Real Madrid, denying Bayern potentially dangerous goal-scoring opportunities.

Rodrygo – 5: It was a rough night for the Brazilian winger, who missed two clear chances created by his compatriot Vinicius Junior.

Vinicius junior – 9: Man of the match alongside Toni Kroos. Vinicius Junior was simply unstoppable and troubled the Bayern defense with his pace and trickery. He completed seven successful dribbles, most of them against Kimmich and De Ligt, and did everything in his power to push Real Madrid to the final. If not for Manuel Neuer’s heroic interventions, the Brazilian would have scored several goals. Just one such save after a Vinicius shot led to a deflected ball for Joselu’s equaliser. Vinicius Junior will always perform on the biggest stage and the biggest nights.

Replacements:

Luka Modric – 7.5: The Croatian maestro was called in to replace Kroos and immediately injected energy and urgency into Real Madrid’s game. Modrić upped the tempo and improved the rhythm of his team’s play late in the second half, turning the tide in his favour. In the final minutes, he lunged to track down and clear Bayern in a dangerous 3v1 counter attack.

Eduardo Camavinga – 6.5: The young Frenchman was introduced alongside Modrić in a double substitution, aiming to freshen up Real Madrid’s midfield and turn the game in their favour.

Joselu – 9: Hero of the night Joselu had one of the biggest moments of his career. First, he equalized in the 88th minute with an equaliser, and just two minutes later he scored the winner in stoppage time to send Real Madrid to their 15th European Cup final at Wembley. A night he will never forget.

Brahim Díaz – N/A: Alongside Joselu for the final 10 minutes to help see out victory.

Éder Militão – N/A: Substitutions were made in the 100th minute to add defensive reinforcements and run down the clock.

Real Madrid’s dramatic late comeback against Bayern Munich will go down in Champions League folklore.

It was a testament to their indomitable spirit, mental strength and belief in the ability to defy the odds.

As they prepare for another Champions League final, the Spanish giants have once again shown why they are regarded as one of the most successful and formidable teams in European football history.

Information taken from Goal and ESPN

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