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Madrid thrashes Bayern to reach Champions League final

Munich, Germany ( - Real Madrid cruised to the Champions League final with a 4-0 victory at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, dispatching reigning champion Bayern Munich by a comfortable 5-0 aggregate score.

After grinding out a 1-0 win in the opening leg last week, the Spanish side advanced with ease as braces from Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo put the German champions to the sword.

The tie was effectively ended just 20 minutes into the second leg as Ramos scored twice in the span of four minutes.

The Spanish defender opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he built up a head of steam to meet Luka Modric's corner kick and send a powerful header past Manuel Neuer.

Moments later, Ramos added to the lead in similar fashion, eluding Mario Mandzukic to get on the end of a free kick into the box and head home from close range.

The visitors padded their lead in the 34th minute when Ronaldo capped a brilliant counterattack by taking a pass from Gareth Bale and slotting a low shot past Neuer.

The Portuguese star then added insult to injury by firing an 89th-minute free kick under the Bayern wall and into the back of the net, leaving a statuesque Neuer helpless to salvage a bit of pride.

It is Real Madrid's first Champions League final appearance since the club last hoisted the trophy in 2002, and will mark Carlo Ancelotti's fourth appearance in the final as a manager. The Italian, who replaced Jose Mourinho on the Madrid touchline during the summer, guided AC Milan to the Champions League title in 2003 and 2007 as well as a finals appearance in 2005.

Bayern falls short of reaching a third successive Champions League final, instead settling for a Bundesliga title in its first season under Pep Guardiola.

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, scoreless on aggregate, will battle at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday for the right to meet Real Madrid in the final.

04/29 17:07:10 ET

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