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Real Madrid: Europe’s comeback kings secure dramatic Champions League final berth

Real Madrid once again showcased their remarkable resilience and penchant for late-game heroics as Joselu’s late double rescued them from the brink of elimination, securing a thrilling 2-1 second-leg victory over Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu. With a 4-3 aggregate triumph, Real Madrid sealed their place in a remarkable sixth Champions League final in the past decade. Their opponent for the final showdown at Wembley on June 1st will be Borussia Dortmund, as they aim for a record-extending 15th title.

In a storyline reminiscent of their epic semi-final comeback against Manchester City two years prior, Real Madrid found themselves trailing after Bayern substitute Alphonso Davies unleashed a stunning strike in the 68th minute. However, Joselu emerged as the hero, first capitalizing on a rare Manuel Neuer error to equalize in the 88th minute, before sealing the win just moments later.

“We’ve seen it a lot of times this season when it looked as though we’re dead and buried … it doesn’t matter who scores the goals but someone always manages it… that mentality of never say die,” remarked Jude Bellingham, who will face his former club in the final, encapsulating Real Madrid’s indomitable spirit.

Despite Bayern Munich’s gritty resilience, Real Madrid’s dominance was evident throughout the game, with Vinicius Jr proving to be a constant menace down the left flank. While Bayern’s inspired goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, initially thwarted numerous attempts, his late-game fumble ultimately gifted Real Madrid the equalizer, reigniting the fervor of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.

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