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Joselu Masterclass Steals the Show: Veteran Striker Sinks Bayern Munich in Champions League Semi-Final 

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Late Drama as Joselu Sends Real Madrid to the Champions League Final with Dramatic Brace Against Bayern Munich

There is always that party animal who shows up just before closing time and has the most fun. Poor Bavarians, they spent the whole game setting the vibe, and then some random dude on Real Madrid pulled a Ronaldo out of nowhere and stole the show. It was just another night for the champions. 

Unbeaten Madrid March On

This victory extends Real Madrid’s unbeaten run to an impressive 21 games in all competitions. They will now set their sights on claiming a record-extending 14th European Cup/Champions League title when they face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium.

A Cagey First Half Gives Way to Second-Half Drama

The opening half was a tense affair, with both sides struggling to create clear-cut opportunities. Vinícius Júnior came closest for Madrid in the 13th minute, but his effort was brilliantly saved by Bayern’s Manuel Neuer. The German goalkeeper continued to frustrate the Spanish giants with another crucial stop from Vinícius Júnior just before the hour mark.

Davies Puts Bayern in the Lead

The deadlock was finally broken in the 68th minute when Alphonso Davies unleashed a stunning curling shot past Andriy Lunin in the Real Madrid goal. This strike, Davies’ first ever in the Champions League, put Bayern in the driving seat and seemingly on course for an all-German final against Borussia Dortmund.

VAR Denies Madrid Equalizer

Real Madrid thought they had equalized just three minutes later through a bundled effort from Matthijs de Ligt. However, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened, disallowing the goal due to a push by Nacho on Joshua Kimmich in the build-up.

Joselu Steals the Show

With the game seemingly destined for a Bayern victory, a dramatic twist unfolded in the final minutes. In the 88th minute, Joselu, who had only been on the pitch for seven minutes, pounced on a spilled save from Neuer to level the score. The Bernabéu erupted, and the momentum swung decisively in Madrid’s favor.

Last-Gasp Winner Sends Madrid to Wembley

Just four minutes later, Joselu completed a remarkable turnaround for Real Madrid. He slotted home from close range after Antonio Rüdiger’s perfectly weighted cross found him unmarked at the back post. This dramatic late winner sent the Bernabéu into a frenzy and ensured Los Blancos’ place in the Champions League final.

Key Stats 

StatisticReal MadridBayern Munich
Shots198
Shots on Target75
Expected Goals2.920.38
Possession58%42%
Passes637484
Corners84
Fouls1210
Yellow Cards00
Offsides21

Key moments

TimeDescription
13′:Vinicius Jr.’s strike tipped onto the upright by Neuer
28′:Crisp Kane volley tests Lunin
59′:Rodrygo free-kick forces Neuer save
60′:Acrobatic Neuer stop denies Vinicius Jr.
68′:Davies curls in a stunning strike
88′:Joselu pounces from close range after Neuer error
90+1′:Joselu scores decisive second goal to seal the win for Madrid

When is the 2024 Champions League Final?

The 2024 UEFA Champions League final will be played on Saturday, June 1st, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The match will be broadcast on CBS and streamed on Paramount+ in the United States. Univision will provide Spanish-language coverage, with streaming also available on fuboTV.

Real Madrid’s never-say-die attitude and Joselu’s late heroics have secured them a place in another Champions League final, where they’ll face Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be aiming to extend their record haul of European Cup/Champions League titles, while Dortmund will be seeking their first Champions League trophy since 1997.

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