Munich - FC Bayern München's UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg collapse against Real Madrid CF has sent shockwaves around the world. rounds up the international press reaction to the defending champions' lamentable 4-0 reverse...


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Once again, there will be no successful Champions League title defence after holders Bayern München were knocked out by Real Madrid [...] It was a historic day for football's most famous club: their first win in Munich. And an historic day for Germany's most famous outfit: their heaviest ever European defeat on home soil.

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Over and done with: Real Madrid ejected a bewildered FC Bayern München from the European football throne. Two years after their shock final defeat to Chelsea FC, the defending champions experienced another painful Champions League night on their own turf [...] A brace apiece from the exceptional Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo silenced the sold-out Allianz Arena and ended Munich hopes of becoming the first team to successfully defend the Champions League title.



La Decima is one step away from being a reality for Real Madrid who advanced to the Champions League final for the first time since 2002 with a 4-0 second leg semifinal victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo each scored braces for Los Blancos who dethroned the tournament holders on a 5-0 aggregate. Real will now await in the final the winner of Wednesday’s second leg semifinal between city rivals Atletico Madrid and English side Chelsea, led by former Real manager Jose Mourinho.


As the tango says, “You always return to your first love”, even if it’s 12 years later. Madrid’s best, just like that of MacArthur, comes when they promise to return, and do return. To the Champions League, of course, the old European Cup, the only tournament that quenches their thirst. That’s how to explain the happiness surrounding Real Madrid right now; they’re once again in the big final.
They could not have imagined a better night, with so much to luxuriate in, even in their wildest dreams: a stunning display in Munich and a crushing win over Bayern. A necessary enemy: because only in their company can you calculate the size of a European feat. In this case, it was enormous. As huge as Pep Guardiola’s slip-up.

United Kingdom

The Guardian

At long last, Real Madrid can almost touch La Decima. This was an occasion when the Spanish club had been confronted by tension, the weight of history, curses and a Bayern Munich team that were supposed to pass them to death. Yet Carlo Ancelotti, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and, yes, Gareth Bale sliced through it all with a performance of such swashbuckling brilliance that Pep Guardiola's Bayern side were reduced to rubble.


South China Morning Post

Sergio Ramos has his redemption, Cristiano Ronaldo has his goal record and Real Madrid are one win away from the long-awaited “Decima.” Real Madrid carried out coach Carlo Ancelotti’s game plan to perfection and routed title holders Bayern Munich 4-0 on Tuesday to reach their first Champions League final in 12 years.