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Real Madrid progresses to Champions League final with Benzema brace

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Defending European champions Real Madrid progressed into their third successive Champions League final as they edged out Bayern Munich in a thrilling semi-final second leg.

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg in Germany, Bayern needed a win at the Bernabeu to reach the final but it finished 2-2 as Real clinched a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Joshua Kimmich scored early on for the German champions from six yards out, before Karim Benzema headed in for Real from Marcelo’s fine left-wing cross eight minutes later.

A second for Benzema, after a horrendous mistake from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, put Real in control, although Bayern’s on-loan James Rodriguez then scored against his parent club to set up a dramatic finale.

Bayern had chances to win it, but Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller’s efforts were saved by Keylor Navas and Mats Hummels headed wide as the Spanish side held on.

Muller also mishit a cross on the last second as Real Madrid weathered through the Bundesliga champions’ onslaught.

Real will face either Liverpool or Roma in the final in Kiev, Ukraine, on 26 May with Jurgen Klopp’s side leading 5-2 before Wednesday’s second leg in Rome.

Bayern Munich held to goalless draw by 10-man Leverkusen

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Bayern Munich were delayed in their runaway victory to the Bundesliga trophy after being held to a goalless draw by 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern’s lead at the top of the Bundesliga table were trimmed to eight as the Bavarians were denied by some resolute home defending.

Just before the hour mark, Thomas Muller forced a rash challenge from Tin Jedvaj as the last line of outfield defence, and the Croatian was quickly given a second yellow and his marching orders.

But despite dominating throughout the game, Bayern could not find a way past the Leverkusen defense as both Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal were denied clear cut chances.

Muller created a magnificent chance for Philipp Lahm with a through ball into the six-yard box, but the substitute steered his shot wide of the left post when it appeared harder to miss.

The result allowed RB Leipzig to tighten their grip on second place with a 4-0 drubbing over Freiburg at the Red Bull Arena.

Their win also meant that Leipzig is now guaranteed a top-four finish, winning, at minimum, a place in Champions League qualifying. They are also eight points and two places ahead of giants Borussia Dortmund.

Freiburg was completely dominated by Leipzig for the entirety of the game, and unlike Bayern the Bundesliga newcomers were able to convert possession into goals, with Yussuf Poulsen, Naby Keita, Timo Werener and Diego Demme scoring one goal apiece.

Rare Thomas Muller goal extends Bayern’s Bundesliga lead

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A rare goal from Thomas Muller won a hard-earned victory against Borussia Monchengladbach to further Bayern Munich’s lead above the Bundesliga table.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side made hard work of it despite dominating possession, with Arjen Robben hitting the post in an unproductive first half.

Muller then drove in from Thiago Alcantara’s chip midway through the second half for the only goal in the game.

The goal, only Muller’s second in the Bundesliga this season, kept Bayern on course for a fifth successive league title with 13 points against second-placed RB Leipzig.

Bayern were not at their best, with top scorer Robert Lewandowski heading over from Muller’s cross early on, and skewing a shot wide when well placed after half-time.

The team even eased off after taking the lead, and might have paid for that, as Javi Martinez almost turned Thorgan Hazard’s cross into his own net, and was needed for a vital block to deny Josip Drmic.

Bayern’s relaxed attitude could very well have come from RB Leipzig’s devastating defeat by Werder Bremen.

It was a shock loss for Bayern’s closest contenders, as their loss came from a club who struggled to make an impact this season.

Bremen took the lead with their first shot of the game, as Zlatko Junuzovic struck the sweetest of volleys with the outside of his right boot, curling the ball unstoppably into the top left-hand corner.

While Leipzig was able to cause trouble on the other end, Florian Grillitsch firmly put the game in Werder’s favour by thumping into the top left-hand corner. Florian Kainz then topped off the victory by tapping in his first goal of the season.

Werder, now unbeaten in five games, move three points clear of the relegation play-off spot.

Germany breezes past Norway with Muller brace

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Thomas Muller was on point for Germany as the World Champions commenced their World Cup qualifying campaign with an easy 3-0 victory over Norway.

The Bayern Munich star scored a brace and supplied an assist to round-off an impressive performance by Die Mannschaft, after a slightly disappointing show in France during Euro 2016.

Led by newly appointed captain Manuel Neuer in a visit to Oslo, the Germans led just after 15 minutes.

But it was the hosts who threatened to begin the scoring. Josh King, catching Mats Hummels off guard, stole the ball from the defender on the touchline but failed to convert his chance.

Mesut Ozil then finds Muller in their opponent’s penalty box. Despite taking a tumble and having defenders quickly closing in on him, he still managed a prod that slips past Norway goalkeeper Rune Jarstein into the back of the net.

With the goal advantage, Germany gradually presses Norway back into their own half. The hosts register little offensive efforts from that point forward, and were limited to wayward attempts from King and his striker partner Alex Tettey.

As half-time approaches, Muller finds Bayern teammate Joshua Kimmich on the right, who hammers it in emphatically for Germany’s second.

Muller then met Sami Kedira’s cross with a placed header to top off an almost routine three points for the team.