Real knocked out

Ronaldo’s anguish tells the entire story.
Ronaldo’s anguish tells the entire story.

MADRID – Borussia Dortmund survived a frantic finish at the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League final despite two late goals by Real Madrid today.

Real, trailing 4-1 from the first leg, needed to score three times without reply to progress but wasted a series of early chances in an open game that ended 2-0.

Karim Benzema gave Real hope from close range in the 82nd minute and Sergio Ramos scored a second soon after.

Ramos also headed wide in injury time but Dortmund held on.

Such a thrilling ending to the tie had seemed unlikely after the first leg at the Westfalenstadion and also for long spells in Spain, but Real will feel real frustration at their exit because of the sheer number of chances they squandered.

Dortmund also had several openings and could have put things beyond doubt when Robert Lewandowski fired against the bar in the second half.

Instead they were left hanging on before securing their date at Wembley on 25 May, where they will play either Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Ball after ball was pumped into the visitors’ box and Real also felt they should have had a penalty when Felipe Santana clashed with Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was the dramatic ending that Real’s fans had demanded from the start, but their team’s response came far too late.

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