Created on 26-04-2012 at 00:00 AM
Eleven years after Oliver Kahn saved three penalties in the shootout at the end of the 2001 Champions League final, Manuel Neuer stopped two spot-kicks to see his side home in Wednesday’s semi-final at the Bernabéu in Madrid. Bastian Schweinsteiger then put away the decisive penalty to seal Bayern’s 3-1 triumph and send Munich through to their ninth European Cup final. fcbayern.de reviews the drama, kick-by-kick:
The shootout drama of Madrid replayed:
David Alaba was the first up to the spot. The Austrian comfortably netted low to the right. Unbelievably cool from the 19-year-old – who sadly misses the final with suspension.
Cristiano Ronaldo was Real’s first taker. The Portugal superstar had converted a penalty in normal time and had scored his last 25 from the spot - but Neuer dived to his right and made the save.
Mario Gomez calmly stroked home, sending Iker Casillas the wrong way and making the score 2-0 to Bayern.
The next man up for Madrid was Kaká, but Neuer again went for his right and pushed away the shot with his right hand.
Toni Kroos could have made it all but safe, only for Casillas to guess correctly and beat out the midfielder’s shot. Still 2-0 to Bayern.
Real’s next man, Xabi Alonso, beat Neuer with a powerful and well-aimed effort, making the score 2-1.
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm connected poorly with his kick and saw Casillas make the save. Still 2-1 after seven kicks.
Sergio Ramos could have levelled it up – but the Spanish World Cup winner sent his spot-kick into orbit. Amazingly, after four penalties apiece, the score was still 2-1 to Bayern.
The stadium clocks now showed 11.21 pm. Bastian Schweinsteiger approached the spot, knowing he could put FCB through to the final on their home turf – and the Munich vice-captain sent Casillas the wrong way to seal a famous victory. The Bayern players raced to celebrate with the 4,000 travelling faithful, who hailed their heroes, and above all Neuer and Schweinsteiger.