Real Madrid, Bayern Munich progress into Audi Cup final

Berlin, Aug 5 (IANS) Real Madrid overcame Tottenham 2-0 while hosts Bayern Munich edged AC Milan 3-0 to seal their tickets for the Audi Cup final at the outsold Allianz Arena.

Real Madrid booked their tickets for the final thanks to the goals by James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

Both sides started the match aggressively before Real Madrid took over the reins to rattle the bar through Jese Rodriguez Ruiz’s volley from close range in the opening period.

The Spaniards pressed Tottenham Hotspur into the defensive. Gareth Bale was able to head just wide of the right post from promising position with 30 minutes into the game.

Rafael Benitez’s men rewarded themselves six minutes later when James Rodriguez headed home Isco’s pinpoint cross into the goal area to break the deadlock.

Tottenham were unable to respond meanwhile Real relaxed their approach after securing the lead. But Madrid were still able to double the lead when Bale unleashed a long-range effort to make the game safe at the 79th minute.

Bayern followed Real Madrid into the final. Pep Guardiola’s men downed AC Milan 3-0 by courtesy of the goals by Juan Bernat, Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski.

The “Bavarians” dominated the game from the kick-off against AC Milan that posed nearly no threat over 90 minutes. Bayern Munich’s new arrival Douglas Costa approached the goal with a dangerous free kick at the ninth minute.

As the match progressed, Bayern piled on the pressure to open the scoring into the match as Juan Bernat’s shot on target was deflected unstoppable for AC Milan keeper Diego Lopez at the 24th minute

Bayern’s new midfielder Arturo Vidal almost doubled the lead by header but the right post denied the Chilean the score at the 37th minute. However, it had to come the 74th minute before the hosts overcame Milan’s defence for the second time as Goezte made use of a rebound to slot home into the bottom left.

The German record champions were not done with the scoring as Robert Lewandowski got his name also on the scoreboards following a volley hammer into the roof of the net with six minutes remaining.

With the result, the hosts Bayern Munich encounter Real Madrid in the Audi Cup final on August 5.

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