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Champions League Final Odds: Real Madrid 3/10 for 15th Champions League success

Real Madrid are 3/10 to win a 15th Champions League after their dramatic win over Bayern Munich, with Borussia Dortmund 5/2 in what will be the last games for their respective clubs for Toni Kroos and Marco Reus.

Champions League Final

For what felt like the millionth time, Real Madrid looked set for elimination before two late Joselu goals sent them to an 18th Champions League final in the retelling of a familiar story.

On the road to their 21/22 victory, Real Madrid were 2-0 down on aggregate in the second leg of their last-16 tie with PSG before a quick-fire Karim Benzema hat-trick in the final 30 minutes sent them through.

An uncharacteristic collapse at the Bernabeu against Chelsea saw them 10 minutes from elimination in the quarter-finals before Rodrygo popped up with a late equaliser to send the tie to extra time, before one of the most stunning comebacks in Champions League history against Manchester City in the semi-finals.

5-3 down on aggregate heading into stoppage time, it was Rodrygo again who struck late on with two goals before Benzema scored a winner from the spot early in extra time.

Los Blancos would weather the Liverpool storm in the final to win 1-0 in what was arguably the most impressive Champions League triumph of all time.

Their luck ran out the following year when they were comprehensively outplayed by Manchester City, but they’ve been back to their best this term. Having won all six group games, they eased past RB Leipzig over two legs before playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw at home with Manchester City.

There was certainly an element of fortune in their penalty shoot-out success in the second leg, but it was hard to begrudge them their place in the final over the course of two legs with Bayern Munich, even if they once again needed late goals and a mistake from Manuel Neuer to stay in the competition.

There exists a perpetual sense of inevitability with Real Madrid, particularly in the Champions League, and more so when they’re in front of their home fans, but Borussia Dortmund have been written off all season while continually upsetting the odds.

Drawn in the ‘group of death’ with PSG, Newcastle and Milan, they didn’t just qualify, but topped the group thanks to a win in Milan, a draw with PSG and doing the double over Newcastle.

They were 20 minutes from elimination against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals, but goals from Niclas Fullkrug and Marcel Sabitzer set up a semi-final with PSG. A 1-0 win in the first leg left the tie finely poised, with the Germans able to secure a trip to Wembley with a 1-0 win in the second leg.

Wembley, of course, harbours bitter memories for Dortmund fans, from when Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute winner saw them finish runners-up to Bayern Munich in the 2013 final, memories they’ll be desperate to put behind them.

And while there’s every chance they add a second European crown to their tally on 1st June, the challenge doesn’t get much tougher than Real Madrid in a Champions League final.

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