It’s Munich in Munich for Chelsea. The hopes of a grand reunion with Jose Mourinho in Bavaria fell apart on a drama-filled night at the Bernabeu.
The German ability to convert penalties proved itself again after two full games and and 30 minutes of extra time could not separate two well-matched sides.
Real Madrid missed three of their first four penalties and Bastian Schweinsteiger drilled in the crucial third for Bayern.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored one in normal time but Manuel Neuer saved his opener in the shootout.
Mourinho kissed some religious beads before the penalty duel but then disappeared swiftly down the tunnel. He knew Real’s great chance had gone. They have followed Barcelona out of the Champions League.
An enthralling match saw Real roar into an early two-goal lead, only for Bayern to reply in a non-stop first half. The game began at a blistering pace and by the 14th minute Ronaldo had scored his 53rd and 54th goals of a stellar season for Madrid to wipe out Bayern’s one-goal lead from the first leg.
But the reds of Munich took the punches and jabbed back. They were inspired by Arjen Robben, once of Chelsea, who scored a 27th-minute penalty. Tens of thousands of white flags created a euphoric atmosphere before kick-off.
‘This is our moment,’ Ronaldo had said on Tuesday and that was the unmistakable feel in one of the great cathedrals of football. A huge banner was unveiled that declared: ‘The Years Pass, The Legend Is Eternal’. Bayern could hardly miss the message.