Bayern Munich 2 – Real Madrid 1


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Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (31) of Bayern Munich and visiting Real Madrid winger CRISTIANO RONALDO (7), the Portugal World Cup superstar who has scored 41 goals in 33 Spanish La Liga matches for Los Blancos this term, compete for possession during the UEFA Champions League Semifinal first leg match contested at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Bavaria.
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April 17, 2012
UEFA Champions League
Semifinal, first leg

2 – BAYERN MUNICH (Ger) ————— Ribery 17′, Gomez 90′
1 – REAL MADRID (Spa) ——————— Oezil 53′

An standout run down the right flank from the club captain and a sensational finish from the Bundesliga’s leading goal-scorer in the final minute allowed record German champion BAYERN MUNICH to clip visiting Spanish La Liga giant REAL MADRID 2-1 in the exciting first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal match-up.

Nine-times European champion Real Madrid, currently enjoying a four-point lead in the Spanish top flight with an eye towards extending their national record to 32 domestic titles at the end of this campaign, made the brighter start while possessing more of the ball. France international striker KARIM BENZEMA, the second-leading scorer for Los Blancos having scored 25 goals in all competitions this term, brought out a good save from Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER early. But it was the hosts who took advantage of a set piece to strike first with barely a quarter of an hour already in the books.

Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS, restored to the role of central attacking midfielder for the match by trainer JUPP HEYNCKES, swung over a 17th-minute corner kick from the left hand flag that Real Madrid — Spain World Cup defender SERIO RAMOS, in particular — failed to clear properly. And France World Cup winger FRANCK RIBERY, the 29-year-old who has already tied his career-best with 11 goals in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich this term, was quick to pounce with a seeing-eye shot through a maze of players. Ribery’s third tally in Europe and 15th of the season in all competitions, aside from leaving Los Blancos with a match to chase, also did much to calm Bavarian nerves.

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Holland World Cup winger ARJEN ROBBEN (10) of Bayern Munich, who tallied 11 goals in 50 La Liga games in two years for Real Madrid after transferring from English Premier League club FC Chelsea in the summer of 2007, and his former teammate with Los Blancos, Spain World Cup defender SERGIO RAMOS (4), follow the ball as Real Madrid’s sliding Portugal World Cup left back JOSE COENTRAO attempts to clear during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg match at the Allianz Arena.
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Portugal World Cup winger CRISTIANO RONALDO, who tops Real Madrid with eight goals in the UEFA Champions League this season, had an opportunity to equalize with trademark free kick from a dangerous spot shortly thereafter. But the celebrated player for whom Los Blancos paid a world-record 80.0 million English pounds (or 94.0 million Euros) to sign from Premier League powerhouse Manchester United back in the summer of 2009 could not find the target. Benzema would get a second shot on goal in the first half but directed his effort straight at the in-form Neuer.

Bayern Munich, for its part, might have doubled its advantage before the halftime whistle at the Allianz Arena but Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER blazed his shot just wide and Real Madrid goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS, the first choice for 2010 FIFA World Cup champion Spain, was able to fend off a fierce drive from the Bavarians’ Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ.

Less than ten minutes into the second half, though, the visitors grabbed a vital away goal after Ronaldo had been sent clear by a diagonal pass from Benzema. Neuer halted the prolific Portuguese winger but the Bayern Munich defense did not adequately deal with the rebound. Once another ball from Benzema had rolled all the way across the face of the Bavarian net, Ronaldo squared for Germany World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL to tap in at close range and bring Los Blancos level in the 53rd minute.

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Germany international striker MARIO GOMEZ (33) of Bayern Munich, who now boasts 13 goals in Europe this season including qualification matches for the UEFA Champions League, seeks to battle his way through the Real Madrid defensive pair of Spain World Cup rearguard SERGIO RAMOS (4) and Portugal World Cup defender PEPE during the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal contested in front of another full house at the Allianz Arena.
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Heynckes wisely sent on Germany World Cup winger THOMAS MUELLER just after the hour in an effort to spark the Bavarian attack. In contrast, the noted Real Madrid trainer JOSE MOURINHO chose to bring off his midfield general Oezil in favor of Brazil international defender MARCELO. And the conservative strategy seemed to be paying off for Los Blancos with the match entering its closing stages.

Despite the distinguished work of Germany World Cup fullback and Bayern Munich club captain PHILIPP LAHM out on the right flank, a trio of chances by the reigning Bundesliga Torjaegermeister Gomez had been wasted.

In the very last minute, however, Lahm neatly stepped around Real Madrid’s Portugal World Cup left back FABIO COENTRAO and delivered a low, curling cross that left Casillas frozen. The persistent Gomez subsequently got in front of Spain World Cup reserve defender ALVARO ARBELOA and was able to stab the ball home. And so a 40th goal of the season in all competitons by Super Mario had secured Bayern Munich a most important victory, if not memorable, victory.

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Argentina World Cup winger ANGEL DI MARIA (22) of Real Madrid, who has totaled five goals and 14 assists in just 19 Spanish La Liga games while adding a pair of strikes in six European matches for Los Blancos this season, looks to avoid the sliding tackle of Germany World Cup fullback and Bayern Munich club captain PHILIPP LAHM while the Bavarians’ Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO (30) trails close behind during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in Sued Deutschland.
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BAYERN MUNICH : Neuer – Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba – Luiz Gustavo, Schweinsteiger (Mueller 61′) – Robben, Kroos, Ribery – Gomez

REAL MADRID : Casillas – Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Contreao – Alonso, Khedira – Di Maria (Granero 80′), Oezil (Marcelo 69′), Ronaldo – Benzema (Higuain 84′)

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  1. That’s exactly what i was thinking it was going to happen. Now Chelsea won. In the next matches i don’t know if they will repeat this performance.