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Night of passion, drama and magic in Madrid

Uli Hoeneß received hugs all around, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge beamed with pride, charismatic Real boss José Mourinho suddenly appeared in the Bayern dressing room, bowing graciously and shaking every Munich player by the hand, and Germany coach Joachim Löw spoke of a “fantastic experience". You had to conclude that Bayern's achievement in Madrid on Wednesday evening was indeed historic.

Munich became the first ever club to reach a Champions League final on their home turf, following a tense and dramatic penalty shootout victory. In the preceding 120 minutes, Real beat Bayern 2–1, leaving the contest between the two giants of European football deadlocked at 3–3 on aggregate.

“The team, the coaching staff, Jupp Heynckes and everybody with responsibility at this club have made a dream come true, which I think is unbelievable," Rummenigge later declared at the post-match banquet, where the stars were greeted with tumultuous applause. “And we were driven on by our own fans," the chairman stated.