Finalists have been determined: Borussia Dortmund will take on Real Madrid

Late drama at the Bernabeu allows 14-time champions to dispatch Bayern Munich
Real Madrid players celebrate after defeating Bayern Munich to advance to the UEFA Champions League final.
Real Madrid players celebrate after defeating Bayern Munich to advance to the UEFA Champions League final. / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Fireworks erupted over Signal Iduna Park and the Santiago Bernabéu as Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid secured their spots in the UEFA Champions League final.

A dramatic night of semifinal action sets the stage for a mouth-watering clash between European giants at Wembley Stadium.

Paris Saint-Germain 0 -1 Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 away in the UEFA Champions League second leg of the semifinals to advance to the final on a 2-0 aggregate score.

In the return match at home, the French giants Paris Saint Germain, were trying to overcome the 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Germany.

In the first half, neither team could score, but PSG opened the second half by hitting a post, midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery doing the honors. Shortly thereafter, the hosts found themselves trailing after Dortmund defender Mats Hummels nodded home off a corner kick in the 50th minute.

PSG increased its pressure as the Germans sat back in a defensive posture. The French side struck the woodwork once again in the 88th minute when a Vitinha blast shook the crossbar. Despite some nervy moments for Dortmund, PSG could not score and the Germans were celebrating at the end of the match.

Post-match feelings

Borussia Dortmund president Hans-Joachim Watzke shared his feelings after the match: "From the 80th minute onwards, I had the feeling: this is Manchester in '97. At that moment, it was clear to me: there would be no more goals here. The team performed great. I am unbelievably happy and I am delighted for Mats. We are both in the closing stages of our careers. With that in mind, we both no longer necessarily expected that we would get to Wembley. It is a great story. By my standards, I am completely euphoric."

Coach Edin Terzic said: "The belief in the final was there early on. We spoke about it for the first time before the first leg in Eindhoven. The faces looked a bit baffled when I said that the route to London is short. It will still take a little while before it sinks in for us, but the joy is already extremely great."

Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich

In the other Champions League semifinal, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 and made its way to yet another final, its first since 2022.

Bayern Munich had hosted the first leg with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.

There were no goals in the first half in Madrid. The tempo increased in the second half then Alphonso Davies, assisted by Harry Kane, put Bayern Munich ahead 1-0 in the 68th minute.

In the 88th minute, Real Madrid equalized the score with Joselu's goal. Joselu, who appeared on center stage once again just 4 minutes later, scored the goal that put "Los Merengues" in the final.

Post-match feelings

Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media after the game: “It is hard to explain. Impossible to explain. It is the magic of this club in this competition, at this stadium and with these fans. It is special. When you pull on this jersey, you feel something special. The fans made the difference tonight, like they have in the past. It almost feels like a habit to do this at this magnificent stadium in front of these magnificent fans. We're delighted to be able to play at this stadium with our fans."

Madrid forward Vinicius Junior also spoke to reporters: “When we are playing at home we feel like we can do anything. Our families are here, we feel the togetherness of this team, and that will always make the difference."


The UEFA Champions League final will be played on Saturday, June 1, at London's Wembley Stadium.