Joselu the hero as Real Madrid late show beats Bayern to reach CL final

Joselu was Real Madrid’s hero as the former Stoke City striker’s stunning late double completed a 2-1 comeback win over Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League final via a 4-3 aggregate win.

Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern thought they were heading into the Wembley final as they led until 88 minutes through Alphonso Davies’ second-half stunner, but then Manuel Neuer, who had produced four amazing stops earlier in the game, shockingly spilled Vinicius Junior’s shot into substitute Joselu’s path to equalise.

As the Santiago Bernabeu pressure rose – and after Harry Kane had been taken off by Tuchel with the score at 1-0 to Bayern – Joselu then turned in Antonio Rudiger’s cross from close range, a winner eventually given after a VAR review of a tight offside call on the forward.

Alphonso Davies celebrates after putting Bayern Munich ahead against Real Madrid with a spectacular goal
Alphonso Davies thought he had Bayern through with his opener, and Bayern led until 88 minutes

“Joselu… I don’t think he’ll be sleeping much tonight. He’ll be useless in training tomorrow!” said Real Madrid midfielder Jude Bellingham to TNT Sports after the game.

“We’ve seen it a lot of times where it looks like we’re dead and buried. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals – someone always manages it. That mentality of never say die.

“He deserves it all – he’s been an amazing member of the squad throughout the whole season. This is his night.”

However, there was late controversy as Bayern were denied what looked like a clear equaliser deep into stoppage time when Matthijs De Ligt scored on the half-volley, but referee Szymon Marciniak had already blown for offside before replays appeared to show Bayern’s attackers in the move may have been onside.

The astonishing yet vintage Real Madrid comeback means they will meet Borussia Dortmund in the Wembley final on June 1, a result which also leaves England captain Kane trophyless from his first season at Bayern.

More to follow…

SCENES! Real Madrid’s late show in pictures

Manuel Neuer's mistake allowed Joselu to equalise
Manuel Neuer’s mistake allowed Joselu to equalise

Real Madrid players spilled onto the pitch after the striker's second goal
Real Madrid players spilled onto the pitch after the striker’s second goal

Joselu scored twice in three minutes late on to send Real Madrid to the Champions League final
Joselu is mobbed by his team-mates

What’s next?

LaLiga champions Real Madrid travel to Granada on Saturday in a game which could relegate the 19th-placed club, kick-off 5.30pm.

Bayern Munich are back in Bundesliga action on Sunday when they host Wolfsburg live on Sky Sports Mix, kick-off 4.30pm.

Revealed: What Bellingham said to Kane before penalty

Harry Kane says he blocked out everything after England team-mate Jude Bellingham appeared to try and put him off ahead of converting a penalty for Bayern Munich in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

England striker Kane put Bayern 2-1 in front from the penalty spot, before a late Vinicius Junior spot-kick earned Real a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in Munich.

Kane: I ignored Bellingham mumbling

Bayern's Harry Kane, right, stands with Real Madrid's Jude Bellingham
Bayern’s Harry Kane, right, stands with Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham

On what his international team-mate Bellingham said to him before the penalty, Kane told TNT: “I don’t know what he was saying. I saw him mumbling something.

“Once I’m in that moment, I’m in my zone, trying to block everyone out. I’m sure he was saying something to try to put me off.”

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Later in the mixed zone, Kane added: “In the moment, I didn’t know what he said but I spoke to him after and he said: ‘I know you’re going to go left of the keeper’.

“But it was nice for me because I saw the keeper go a little bit early and I put it away. Actually, on the pitch, I didn’t know what he said. I knew he was there but I didn’t know what he said. But I went left anyway.”

Kane’s penalty extended his season tally to 43 goals from as many games in his first season at Munich.

The 30-year-old admitted the campaign has not quite gone their way, losing the Bundesliga title to Bayer Leverkusen, but the big games are the reason he made the switch from Tottenham last summer.

“It’s been a good season so far. It’s just about the next game. Everything we’re fighting for this year is in this competition. It’ll be tough. We have to go there with full belief.

“I’m here for many years. It’s not a one-off year. At the start of the season, the expectation was to win trophies. The Champions League is the biggest one. If we can somehow get our hands on that one it would be an amazing season.

“These are the big games. The atmosphere today was incredible. This is why I want to be playing in these big games, these big moments.”

Ancelotti: Bellingham not at his best

Kane’s England team-mate Bellingham was substituted in the second half and Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti admitted the 20-year-old was “not at his best” against Bayern Munich.

He said: “Bellingham was just tired. He couldn’t continue any more.

“He will get back to his best performance. I think he was injured, which affected him, but today he wasn’t at his best. He will be back, for sure.”

All to play for – Kane ready to battle again with Real Madrid

Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's second goal against Real Madrid
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Real Madrid

Madrid hit the front against the run of play in the 24th minute when Toni Kroos’ magnificent through-ball found Vinicius Jr, who tucked home coolly to give the away side a half-time lead.

Munich scored twice in four second-half minutes, firstly through Leroy Sane before Jamal Musiala went down in the penalty area and Kane sent Andriy Lunin the wrong way to put them in front.

Much like in the quarter-final against Manchester City, Madrid were not beaten and they came from behind once again courtesy of Vinicius’ penalty to leave it all square heading into the second leg, and while Kane said the result was “a little disappointing”, he has full belief they can qualify next week.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal
Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal

Kane said: “It’s a little disappointing, once we got 2-1 ahead we had two or three good chances, especially from set-plays but this is a Champions League semi-final, we expected a tough game.

“Real Madrid are one of the best teams in Europe and they can punish you with one or two actions like they did today so of course we are disappointed we didn’t get the win but it’s all to play for next week.”

The England captain added: “We started first 10 or 15 minutes on the front foot, we had a couple of chances there but then their goal came against the run of play.

“They built up the momentum and then we struggled to play our game but second half we came out with a higher intensity and deserved to get the two goals. We couldn’t get the third but all to play for.

“We will dust ourselves down, tough but we look forward to next week.”

Opta Stats: Kane tops goal contributions in Europe

  • Harry Kane has been directly involved in 11 goals in the Champions League this season (eight goals, three assists); the most ever by an English player in a single campaign in the competition.
  • Kane is the joint-top scorer across Europe’s big five leagues in all competitions this season (43 – level with Kylian Mbappe), while the striker now has the most combined goals and assists of any player (54 – 43 goals and 11 assists).

Ancelotti: Real can play better

Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring Real Madrid's late equaliser
Vinicius Junior celebrates after scoring Real Madrid’s late equaliser

Meanwhile, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted his side can play better after they fought back to level the tie ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu next week.

“Interesting game,” he said. “We could play better. We didn’t play our best. We had problems in the first half with a low block, too deep. We started to put pressure and it was much better.

“We tried to change something in the second half. We started really well and conceded two goals when our moment was good. The game was difficult at 2-1 down.

“Vinicius is starting to understand how it’s important for him to move inside the pitch and not only close to the line. He learned really well how to move.

“[The second leg] will be exciting. Open. You never know what will happen.”

What’s next?

Stuttgart vs Bayern
Stuttgart vs Bayern

Real Madrid will host Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday May 8. Kick-off 8pm.

Before then Bayern travel to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena; kick-off 2.30pm. Real Madrid are at home to Cadiz in LaLiga on the same day; kick-off 3.15pm.

Saturday 4th May 2:20pm

Kick off 2:30pm

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Sky Sports Arena HD

Watch Stuttgart vs Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Arena; kick-off 2.30pm.

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