After Liverpool recorded a 5-2 win over Roma in the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday night, it was the turn of European giants Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to go head-to-head at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night. The clash produced a 2-1 away win, despite the home side have the lions share of the chances.
Bayern made the stronger start and took the lead after 28 minutes. Ironically, James Rodriguez on-loan from Real Madrid was the key to the move finding Joshua Kimmich, who drove an effort over Keylor Navas in the visitor’s goal.
The home side failed to find the net through chances from Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller before Los Blancos equalised late in the first period. Dani Carvajal’s header fell to fellow full-back Marcelo who swept the ball home on the volley.
Zinedine Zidane’s team took the lead just before the hour mark. Lucas Vasquez stole the ball of Bayern midfielder Rafinha, burst forward and found substitute Marcos Asensio who fired past home goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.
Bayern missed more chances, as the German champions attempted to square the game. Robert Lewandowski drew a good save from Navas. The Poland international also could have scored with just two minutes left when put through one-on-one with Navas, only to fire wide of the Costa Rican’s goal.
The Bavarians could rue those missed chances, as Real Madrid are now hot favourites to progress to the final, with the second leg of this tie in the Spanish capital at the Bernabeu.
Bayern face a major uphill struggle to record a win in at the Bernabeu, as Los Blancos have lost just one of their last 20 home games in the Champions League. However, that one defeat was in the last round when Italian side Juventus recorded a 3-1 win, so there may be hope for the reigning German champions in the tie yet.
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