Real Madrid: Road to the final
As Real Madrid prepare to take on city rivals Atletico in the Champions League final, we take a look at their journey so far and recall how they reached Lisbon's Estadio da Luz to book their place in domestic football's showpiece fixture.
Last Updated: 23/05/14 8:49am
Real Madrid have their sights set on La Decima - their tenth European Cup - as they meet the newly-crowned Spanish champions in Lisbon. Despite a disappointing La Liga campaign, Carlo Ancelotti's side enter the tie as favourites on the back of a relatively straightforward journey to the final.
Los Blancos demonstrated their ambition for going all the way in the Champions League this season by delivering a barnstorming performance against Galatasaray in their very first game. Carlo Ancelotti's side silenced the normally deafening Ali Sami Yen stadium in Istanbul with a blistering display of counter-attacking football, Cristiano Ronaldo hitting a hat-trick in an emphatic 6-1 win. Madrid then mapped out their path to the last-16 by making light work of Copenhagen at the Bernabeu, beating Juventus 2-1 in Madrid and drawing 2-2 in Turin. Madrid had already qualified but still won their return games with Galatasaray and Copenhagen to top Group B with 16 points and 20 goals.
Last 16: Schalke 1-6 Real Madrid/Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke
Real replicated the scoreline from their first group stage game in their first knockout tie, blitzing Schalke in Germany. This was the game in which Madrid paraded their attacking muscle, with each of their three forward players, Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scoring a brace. It all meant that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's last-minute screamer for the Germans faded into insignificance. The emphatic win allowed Ancelotti to rest a number of his regular starters for the second leg, but an insatiable Ronaldo scored another double at the Bernabeu in a straightforward 3-1 victory that was only blighted by a horrific knee injury to young promising forward Jese, ruling him out for the season.
Quarter-final: Real Madrid 3-0 Borussia Dortmund/Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Real Madrid
Madrid exacted revenge for their semi-final defeat to Dortmund last season with a comprehensive display in the first leg, putting the brakes on Jurgen Klopp's lightning-quick side and swarming their opponents on the break. Gareth Bale poked in the first goal after a neat interchange between Benzema and Dani Carvajal, and Isco doubled the lead with a sweet strike. Ronaldo added to the scoring after the break to set up what looked a comfortable trip to Dortmund. However, it soon became apparent Madrid had not fully buried their traumatic past in Germany, as errors by Pepe and Asier Illaramendi led to Marco Reus scoring twice in the first half. In the end Madrid came through unscathed, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing a golden chance to send the game to extra-time, striking the near-post with an empty goal to aim at.
Semi-final: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich 0/Bayern Munich 0-4 Real Madrid
The Bavarians arrived in the Spanish capital boasting of being Real's 'black beast' due to defeating Los Blancos in four of their previous five semi-final encounters. Pep Guardiola's side dominated possession in the first leg but fell behind to a close range finish by Benzema on the counter-attack, while Angel Di Maria and Ronaldo could have put the tie to bed had they not squandered excellent scoring opportunities. Madrid's concerns about another meltdown in Germany were soon forgotten when Sergio Ramos silenced the Allianz Arena with two thumping headers. Ronaldo stroked home a pass from Bale before half-time to score a record-breaking 15th goal in a Champions League season, and then the Portuguese completed the humiliation of last year's champions, netting the fourth goal of the night from a free-kick.