Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger was the hero Wednesday night, as his side knocked out Real Madrid 3-1 in the penalty shootout to qualify for this season's Champions League final.
But this moment almost never happened. A jubilant Schweinsteiger confessed afterwards that he had almost faltered during his run-up to strike the winning spot kick.
"For a moment I lost my courage but I re-found it just as I hit the ball," said Schweinsteiger. "I just had in my head the idea that the ball had to go in and I knew it would go in. We are dead-tired, but happy I do not know from where we got the energy to keep running."
It was a remarkable night for Bayern, which looked lost after going 2-0 down after 14 minutes of play. But the Germans never panicked, and slowly came back into the game to draw level 3-3 on aggregate. Tension then took over in the closing stages before the final nail-biting drama of the penalties saw Madrid miss three of their four kic...