UEFA Champions League

April 17, 2012

Full-time

Bayern Munich

2 - 1

Real Madrid

UEFA Champions League

18:45 +00:00, April 17, 2012

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Referee: Howard Webb

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    Madrid will likely play far better on home soil next week, but for now it's advantage Bayern and Jupp Heynckes' men have given themselves a very real chance of reaching the final at the Allianz Arena.

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    Bayern claim a victory they just about deserved on the night, though Madrid claimed an away goal that could yet prove costly for the Germans.

  • 95'

    It's over!

  • 94'

    It's a yellow card. It was an ugly challenge, nowhere near the ball, but perhaps not a definite red.

  • 93'

    Marcelo tackles Muller and Bayern are furious. They want a red card.

  • 92'

    Madrid take a long free-kick that sails into Neuer's arms.

  • 92'

    Higuain gets his name in the book for waving an imaginary card.

  • 91'

    Gomez robs Coentrao and finds Robben. Bayern still on the attack.

  • 90'

    Not the best finish of his career, but he's not been at his most clinical tonight so any old finish will certainly do.

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    Great work from Lahm on the right sees him beat Coentrao to create the space to cross for Gomez, who bundles in it.

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    GOAL FOR BAYERN!

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    Marcelo's corner heads straight into Neuer's hands.

  • 88'

    Real Madrid win a corner.

  • 87'

    Another Bayern penalty appeal goes begging! Gomez once more went through on goal and went down as several defenders went in, but Ramos did get a toe on the ball.

  • 86'

    Granero wins a free-kick just inside the Madrid half.

  • 85'

    Lahm crosses into the centre for Gomez to head on goal, but he can't quite get the power on it and it's a relatively simple save for Casillas.

  • 84'

    Higuain finally makes his entrance, replacing Benzema.

  • 83'

    Madrid break down the other end but the shot is blocked.

  • 82'

    Franck Ribery is convinced Bayern should have penalty for a Pepe handball, but it seemed to hit his chest. That was a golden chance for Bayern, with Ribery breaking free in the area but unable to find Robben.

  • 82'

    The corner eludes everyone, though it could easily have been headed home.

  • 81'

    Alaba races down the left flank and wins a corner off Arbeloa.

  • 81'

    Gomez is penalised for a nudge on Arbeloa, who perhaps goes down a little easily.

  • 79'

    Di Maria comes off to be replaced by Granero.

  • 79'

    Alonso brings down Ribery, who rolls over a few times to try to get him sent off. He fails.

  • 78'

    Coentrao looked to have brought down Robben there as he looked to receive a pass on the break, but the ref wasn't interested. Heynckes didn't look happy.

  • 78'

    Gomez gets penalised for a high boot on Ramos.

  • 77'

    Kroos tries a through ball and then, after getting the ball back, a shot, but it's blocked.

  • 76'

    Ramos gets a booking after a challenge from behind on Muller.

  • 74'

    Ribery looks to latch on to an overhit pass but can't reach it. Madrid goal kick.

  • 73'

    Gomez looks to take advantage of a bit of hesitation between Ramos and Casillas, but the 'keeper hoofs it clear.

  • 73'

    Gomez heads over the bar from Lahm's cross! Another good chance for a striker who has been prolific this season.

  • 72'

    Ronaldo loses possession while trying a few stepovers and Bayern race to the other end of the field.

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    Madrid celebrate their equaliser

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    Gomez fires over the bar from close range! Ramos fails to deal with the free-kick and it bounces for Gomez, but the striker's shot is off target!

  • 70'

    The ref has a word with Arbeloa after a bit of theatrical pain from Ribery.

  • 69'

    Ozil takes a very long time to leave the pitch.

  • 69'

    Marcelo comes on in place of the goal-scorer, Ozil.

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    Ribery slips the ball to Kroos, whose cross is woeful.

  • 68'

    Alaba sends a deep cross in and Muller arrives at the far post, but Ramos deals with it.

  • 67'

    Bayern apply a bit of pressure on the Madrid defence, but Mourinho's men stand strong.

  • 66'

    Kroos sends the free-kick into the area, Pepe gets his head to it and Bayern win a corner.

  • 65'

    Ribery goes down under Arbeloa's challenge and it's another free-kick.

  • 64'

    Lahm got a booking for that one.

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    Casillas punches the corner clear and Madrid look to break, but Lahm blocks off Di Maria.

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    Coentrao concedes a corner.

  • 63'

    At the other end, Benzema tries to play the ball across but it's cut out.

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    The ball goes through for Gomez, who looks to be clear on goal but was edged out by Pepe. He looks at Howard Webb in appeal for a penalty, but the ref's not interested.

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    Robben looks to curl a ball into the area but it's headed clear.

  • 61'

    Schweinsteiger comes off to be replaced by Muller. Schweini looks a bit disappointed to be coming off.

  • 60'

    The free-kick comes to nothing and Di Maria gets a yellow in the aftermath for kicking the ball away.

  • 59'

    Madrid win a free-kick, but it's too far out to shoot so Ronaldo makes his way into the area.

  • 58'

    Madrid get the corner clear.

  • 58'

    Robben dances through the defence from the right and puts the ball across the face of goal, but Madrid scramble it out for a corner.

  • 57'

    Di Maria sends a looping cross to the far post, but it's an easy save for the 'keeper.

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    Ronaldo finds Di Maria on the edge of the area, but he's quickly crowded out. Alonso and Coentrao are both booked in the aftermath.

  • 54'

    Not the most glorious goal Madrid have ever scored, but it is huge in the context of the tie.

  • 53'

    Incredible stuff. Ronaldo goes through one-on-one, makes a mess of it, but the ball comes out for Benzema, whose scuffed shot across the face of goal is touched back by Ronaldo for an Ozil tap-in.

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    GOAL FOR MADRID!

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    Bayern win a free-kick, which is put into the box, but Schweinsteiger can't control it.

  • 52'

    Robben unleashes a strike from the edge of the area but it's over the bar! Good work from Ribery in the build-up.

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    Benzema receives another floated pass out on the left, but his own floated cross into the centre is easily gathered by the goalkeeper.

  • 50'

    The corner is cleared and arrives at Di Maria out on the wide, but his inswinging cross goes straight to Neuer.

  • 49'

    Benzema collects a pass in the area and looks primed to pull the trigger, but his effort is blocked. Corner kick.

  • 48'

    Robben runs inside and finds Gomez, but Gomez seems to kick the ball off his own leg and the move breaks down.

  • 48'

    Schweinsteiger looks to play a return pass to Ribery in the area, but it's cut out.

  • 47'

    Lahm gives the ball away after misunderstanding Kroos' intentions.

  • 47'

    Di Maria plays a cut-back for Benzema, but he gets it wrong and Bayern race away with it.

  • 46'

    Madrid work the ball across the field after rampaging down the right, but Coentrao's shot from distance is blocked.

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    Madrid kick off the second half

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    ESPNsoccernet's Chris Atkins has the solution via Twitter: "Madrid need Kaká for Ozil."

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    Bayern have apparently never lost a home match in the Champions League after scoring the opener. A draw would suit Madrid just fine at this stage though.

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    ESPN pundit Janusz Michallik: "Goal changed momentum. Mourinho can and will try 2 fix this quickly. One of those games that I always ask, what is it that Xabi Alonso does?"

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    ESPNsoccernet writer Will Tidey tweets: "Bayern have got this tactically spot-on, attacking Madrid wide and not giving Ronaldo an inch to goosestep into. 2nd half red card anyone?"

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    Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville thinks Sergio Ramos was lucky to avoid giving away a penalty for his shirt pull on Fanck Ribery, though he acknowledges it would have been harsh.

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    Journalist @ian_holyman tweets: "Incredibly open 1st half in Munich. Alaba has been excellent. Bayern in a good position for now. Must keep a clean sheet."

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    Madrid certainly haven't been at their best, but it's probably true to say that owes as much to Bayern as anything else, and the hosts will feel they deserve their lead.

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    A decent contest so far, and Bayern will be very happy with their efforts.

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    Half-time

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    Kroos takes the free-kick but fails to clear the wall.

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    Gomez wins a free-kick just outside the Madrid area. He was surrounded by three defenders when he received the pass, so Madrid will not be happy with their efforts there.

  • 43'

    Di Maria is blocked off but the ref waves play on, and the winger's not impressed.

  • 42'

    Benzema curls a high cross to the far post, but Lahm is there to cushion back to his goalkeeper.

  • 41'

    Benzema chips forward for Ronaldo, but Bayern head away once more. The long through balls aren't doing a lot to help the visitors on the whole.

  • 41'

    The corner is cleared by the first man.

  • 40'

    Bayern counter and Gomez unleashes a fine a shot from a tight angle that sees Casillas make an acrobatic save.

  • 39'

    Benzema races away and cuts back inside just in front of the Bayern goal, but his strike is straight at Neuer.

  • 38'

    Di Maria charges into the Bayern area before losing the ball, and Bayern counter but their attack, too, comes to nothing. It's been quite an even match so far.

  • 37'

    Robben gets a booking for a high boot as he challenges with Coentrao.

  • 36'

    Pepe gets a head onto the free-kick and it loops towards goal, but Neuer is able to deal with it.

  • 35'

    Robben is penalised for a foul on Ronaldo down the Madrid left flank. They'll be looking to cross this one in.

  • 34'

    Pepe sends a long ball forward for Ronaldo, who controls well but ultimately loses possession.

  • 33'

    Ozil races down the right flank and thinks he's won a throw in, but he doesn't.

  • 32'

    The free-kick hits the wall and deflects through for the 'keeper.

  • 32'

    Ronaldo is in his 'free-kick' stance lining it up.

  • 31'

    Badstuber fouls Di Maria and gets the first booking of the game, drawing boos from the home fans.

  • 29'

    At the other end, Ronaldo makes space for a shot, but he can't quite control it and, leaning back, sends it high and wide.

  • 29'

    Robben produces a burst of pace and sends in a cross that takes a nick from a defender, but Arbeloa coolly chests back to Casillas.

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    Ribery celebrates his opening goal

  • 28'

    Schweinsteiger lines up a shot on the edge of the area but, although it's got a bit of pace on it, it's pulled wide of the goal.

  • 27'

    Kroos provides a moment of magic with a fine turn, but his pass is cut out.

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    Ribery sends the ball into the area, but it's cleared by Pepe.

  • 26'

    Lahm receives the ball in the area and chips it across, but there's no one near it.

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    Benzema tries a low through-pass but it's straight along the floor.

  • 24'

    Ribery barges over Ronaldo and Madrid win a free-kick, but Bayern counter through Robben, who's eventually eased out.

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    Pepe sends an aimless ball forwards, but this time there's a mix-up in the Bayern defence. Unfortunately for Madrid, there's no one close enough to take advantage.

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    Ramos sends a long pass forward, but it's a little aimless and he simply returns possession to the hosts.

  • 21'

    A decent-ish effort, certainly hit with power, but always going over the bar.

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    Ronaldo lines it up.

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    The ref gives Ronaldo a free-kick for a tackle from behind from Lahm. Di Maria smashes it just over the bar afterwards, but the free-kick had been given already.

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    Bayern counter, but Gomez overruns the ball as he approaches the line and Madrid win a goal kick.

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    Ronaldo looks for Di Maria in the area, but Boateng is able to clear.

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    There might be a claim that Gustavo was intefering with play there and should have been offside, but it's hard to say. It probably would have been harsh to rule it out.

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    Ribery smashes the ball through a crowd of players from a corner that Ramos failed to deal with!

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    GOAL FOR BAYERN!

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    There didn't look to be a huge amount of contact there, though Ramos had hold of his shirt. No booking for Ribery, incidentally.

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    Bayern put together some passes and Ribery goes down under a challenge from Sergio Ramos, but the ref isn't interested.

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    Bayern have a penalty shout denied!

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    Coentrao bundles over Robben in the centre circle and gets a talking to from Howard Webb.

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    Ozil is offside after collecting a long pass from an Alonso free-kick.

  • 11'

    Casillas comes out to mop up a long through pass for Gomez.

  • 11'

    A communcation error sees Benzema sidefoot the ball out of play, and hands Bayern possession back for the first time in a while.

  • 10'

    Ronaldo's backheel releases Benzema down the left, but his cross is headed away. Madrid seizing control here.

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    Ozil's corner causes no problems and, when it comes back to him, he sends the ball into the side netting.

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    Madrid settle for a corner after a spell of possession in and around the Bayern area comes to an end as Ozil is tackled.

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    Madrid win it back and Ozil feeds Benzema, whose curling drive is tipped over by Neuer!

  • 7'

    Arbeloa sends a ball down the right for Benzema, who holds up the play well, and Bayern scramble it away.

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    An overhit pass to the right is beyond Di Maria. The game has just calmed down a little after a fast-paced opening.

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    Kroos sends the cross into the centre, but it's easily enopugh dealt with by the Madrid defenders.

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    Di Maria brings down Lahm, and Bayern have the chance to float one into the danger area.

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    Real counter, but Benzema tries to be clever and hands possession to Bayern.

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    Lahm advances down the right flank and sends in a cross, but Casillas claims easily.

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    Ramos plays a crossfield ball for Di Maria, but Ribery provides a bit of elbow grease and the danger is swiftly dealt with.

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    Bayern are knocking the ball around confidently enough in these early stages. They don't look fearful.

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    Gustova attempts an ambitious long pass out to Arjen Robben on the right flank, but it's cut out.

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    Bayern get the game underway!

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    Madrid, meanwhile, are still seeking 'La Decima', with their ninth European Cup/Champions League win coming ten years ago.

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    Bayern, of course, are desperate to reach the final at this stadium, particularly after all but handing the Bundesliga title to Dortmund.

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    The players are now in the tunnel ahead of the kick-off. Madrid perhaps look a little more relaxed.

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    Bayern's honorary president, Franz Beckenbauer, chats with Jupp Heynckes ahead of the kick-off

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    Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told ESPNsoccernet that his players will not be in awe of Madrid and that he is not expecting the all-Spanish final most have predicted. Bayern look more capable of causing an upset than Chelsea, but it will be very tough indeed.

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    Jack Wilshere tweets: "Big game tonight in the Champions League, don't come bigger than this! I want Madrid to win because I am a massive Jose fan!"

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    Real Madrid are the favourites to progress, but history favours the hosts - they have beaten Madrid ten times in 18 meetings, with the Spaniards having won only six. On home soil, Bayern have won all but one of their meetings.

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