Real Madrid officially ended their ‘German Curse’ by demolishing clueless Bayern Munich and now, La Décima is just one step away from being a reality for Los Blancos who advanced to the Champions League final for the first time since 2002.

Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo each scored braces for Los Blancos who dethroned the tournament holders on a 5-0 aggregate. Real will now await in the final the winner of Wednesday’s second leg semifinal between city rivals Atlético Madrid and English side Chelsea, led by former Real manager Jose Mourinho.

Prior to their knockout stage game against Schalke, Madrid had just one win from 25 previous visits to Germany in European competition, and were beaten 4-1 at Borussia Dortmund on their most recent visit in last year’s Champions League semifinal first leg. Fans and media in the Spanish capital were well aware of the ‘curse’. Fast forward in the month of April, it seems that German clubs have ‘Real Madrid Curse’ now.

At long last, Real Madrid can almost touch La Decima. This was an occasion when the Spanish club had been confronted by tension, the weight of history, curses and a Bayern Munich team that were supposed to pass them to death. Yet Carlo Ancelotti, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and, yes, Gareth Bale sliced through it all with a performance of such swashbuckling brilliance that Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side were reduced to rubble.

They boldly wrote their own script in Bavaria, one marked by a tactical masterclass from Ancelotti and ruthless execution from his players as the team that they have feared in Madrid as the Black Beast was torn apart piece by piece.

Real served notice early that they would take the game to Bayern with several early chances as chances from both Bale and Di María missed. However, the goal for the visitors would come as they secured the precious away goal in the 14th minute thanks to Ramos. The Andalusian defender silenced the deafening Munich crowd with a towering header that out Real up 1-0. Modric lofted a corner kick into the area and Ramos, completely unmarked, outleaped everyone to power a header home past Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

The Real goal shook Bayern as the normally composed Germans started to lash out and one such aggression resulted in a Real free kick in the 25th minute. The resulting kick from Di María was flicked on by Pepe and it found the head of Ramos who sent in his second header of the night to make Bayern’s comeback task even more difficult.

The Real goal shook Bayern as the normally composed Germans started to lash out and one such aggression resulted in a Real free kick in the 25th minute. The resulting kick from Di María was flicked on by Pepe and it found the head of Ramos who sent in his second header of the night to make Bayern’s comeback task even more difficult.

The strike that would then salt away the tie third was a classic counter from Ancelotti’s side as a ball was fed into Bale and with Ronaldo charging upfield, the Welshman swept over a cross to the Portuguese who slammed the ball past Neuer to record his 50th Champions League goal as a Real Madrid player.

Ronaldo capped the magical night with a sublime free kick from just outside the area that he sent skipping under a pair of Bayern players who had jumped while lined up as a defensive wall. Neuer was utterly helpless to stop it as the shot went searing under the laces and into the net to make it 4-0 in the 90th minute.

The Bayern inquest centred on the lack of an obvious Plan B from Guardiola once the possession football had been blunted while it could not fail to ignore the shocking looseness at the back. There will be no successful Champions League defence for them. For Real, however, who had never previously won in Munich, the possibilities are tantalising.