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Cristiano Ronaldo with Roy Keane.

Cristiano Ronaldo with Roy Keane.

Cristiano Ronaldo with Roy Keane.

GARETH Bale has his eyes firmly set on Europe's biggest prize following last night's rout of Bayern Munich.

Sergio Ramos scored a brace of headers in four first-half minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo made it 3-0 before the break to essentially end the semi-final as a contest.

Ronaldo added another in the final minute to give Los Blancos a 4-0 win on the night and they will face either Chelsea or Madrid rivals Atletico in the May 24 final showpiece in Lisbon.

Bale provided the assist for Ronaldo's first goal and the Welshman was quick to admit that these occasions were the driving reason why he wanted to make his world-record move from Tottenham in the summer.

"This is why I wanted to come to the biggest club in the world: to win trophies, to be in massive games," he said.

"We still haven't won it yet, we've still got a difficult game in the final whoever it may be and we're looking forward to it."

Ronaldo's two goals took him to a record 16 for a single Champions League campaign and Bale is now hoping the Portuguese can fire Real to European glory.

"That's why he's the world's best player. It's an honour to play with him, to learn off him," added Bale. "But we've got one match to go and hopefully he can score a few more goals."

UNBELIEVABLE

Carlo Ancelotti described his side's first-half performance as 'perfect'. "Unbelievable, I'm really happy," he said. "I think the first-half was fantastic. We did really well defensively, offensively, with the ball, without the ball. It was a perfect game I think, the first-half.

"I think the key of this game was the job that all the players made together. When we have this kind of thought from everyone, when you have quality, I think that this is the key to the game.

"We tried to do a little bit more than what we did in the first game. To put more pressure in front, to play quickly because we have this kind of quality."


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