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Tuesday, 9 May, 2000, 20:53 GMT 21:53 UK
Anelka seals Real's final ticket
Bayern's Scholl was well marshalled by Redondo
Champions League semi-final, second leg
Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid (Real win 3-2 on aggregate)

An away goal from Real Madrid's Nicolas Anelka was enough to ensure an all-Spanish Champions League final, despite Bayern Munich winning the game 2-1.

The 22m striker headed the vital goal after 31 minutes, which meant that the Germans had to score a total of four goals on the night, to win the tie.

Bayern struck first through their huge striker Carsten Jancker in the 12th minute and after the break took the lead again, through Giovane Elber.

But by then Ottmar Hitzfeld's team were left with a mountain to climb and Real held on to secure a final berth, and now wait to see whether they play Barcelona or Valencia in the Paris final.

Jancker scored but also missed for Bayern

The Spanish Primera side knew that they were up against it in the Olympic Stadium.

Even though they had carved out a a credible two goal lead from the first leg, the Bundesliga outfit were littered with players who not only had the temperament but the skill to open up the Real defence.

His head has always been screwed on

Real's Steve McManaman on Anelka
If Bayern lacked firepower in the first leg, they made up for that weakness after just 12 minutes in front of thier home crowd.

Striker Jancker, who was a substitute at the Bernabeu, played from the start and his power, skill and big frame helped the German side reduce the deficit.

Midfielder Jens Jeremies sent in a 45-yard ball into the penalty area, which was nodded back from the right hand edge of the area by Paolo Sergio.

The big striker was on hand to rise above the Real defence to volley in from little more than six yards.

Just moments later the Spanish side tried to grab an instant equaliser, but Robert Carlos' thunderbolt, was palmed away by 'keeper Oliver Kahn.

The game swung from one end of the pitch to the other, and Bayern had two opportunities to make the aggregate scores, level.

Anelka's magic shone in Munich

First, Scholl's shot stung Iker Casillas' hands and then Elber's effort flew fractionally wide of Real's left-hand post.

And Bayern were left to rue those missed chances, when former Arsenal star Anelka, rose high to score with a majestic header from Savio's cross.

Midfielder Geremi Njitap could have added to Bayern's woes, but his strike from Raul's lay off was well saved by the busy Kahn.

And just before the interval, Anelka ran down the right touchline but saw his 20-yard dipping shot, dip fractionally too late.

Bayern were set a target of getting three goals in 45 minutes to book their place in the final.

With nine minutes of the half gone, Elber rose to get the faintest of touches from a Steffen Effenberg cross and give the Munich crowd a glimmer of hope.

Hitzfeld's team pressed forward, and were unlucky on several occasions when Paolo Sergio and Jancker went close with efforts.

But Vicente del Bosque's side, who have had an indifferent season, stayed calm to be were worthy winners, and can look forward to a Spanish showdown.


Bayern Munich: Kahn, Babbel, Lizarazu, Kuffour, Andersson, Scholl, Elber, Effenberg, Sergio, Jeremies, Jancker. Subs: Wessels, Weisinger, Fink, Tarnat, Salihamidzic, Santa Cruz, Linke.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carlos, Redondo, Raul, McManaman, Savio, Campo, Helguera, Anelka, Geremi, Julio Cesar. Subs: Bizzarri, Sanchis, Baljic, Karembeu, Ognjenovic, Sestelo, Meca Garcia.

Referee: G Poll (Tring)

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