Champions League Betting: Penalties get Munich through
It all started in the best possible way for Real, Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring from the spot after being backed at 4.7
After Cristiano Ronaldo missed one in the penalty shoot-out, having scored two goals during regular time, Jose Mourinho was left with the prospect of at least another year's wait before winning the Champions League with three different clubs.
In the end it came down to the lottery of a penalty shoot-out but few would argue that Bayern Munich don't deserve their place in the final of the Champions League. Though Real Madrid probably had more of the clear-cut chances on the night, the Bundesliga outfit were never out-played as such and always had an eye on scoring on the break, against a Real Madrid side who probably felt the exertion resulting from their weekend win against Barcelona.
It all started in the best possible way for Real, Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring from the spot after being backed at 4.7 and adding a second shortly after with a cute finish from the edge of the box. But Bayern knew they were only ever one goal away from being level in the tie and got the crucial away strike when Arjen Robben scored from the spot himself, after Mario Gomez had been held back when trying to meet a cross. The Dutchman was backed at 5.1 to score at anytime.
2-1 was the score at half-time and that's how it stayed, Real matched at 1.7 to win the game and at 15.5 to win 2-1.
Extra-time brought no real chances to speak of as both teams seemed happier to settle for spot-kicks than take too many risks in search of a winner. Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos all missed from the spot, the latter blazing it over, and even though Bayern missed two of their own, Bastian Schweinsteiger finished off proceedings by sending Iker Casillas the wrong way and Munich fans into ecstasy. They were matched at 8.2 to qualify and at 50.0 to go through on penalties in the method of victory market.
Suspensions to key players Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Raul Meireles and Ramires and Chelsea's lesser experience of playing in a Champions League final are two of the reasons why Bayern are strong favourites to go on and win the competition at 1.52. Another is that they'll be playing at home in the final. They've been matched at a high of 36.0 on the Betfair winner market.