FULL-TIME! Real Madrid find themselves in control heading into the second leg, courtesy of a 2-1 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena. A Cristiano Ronaldo brace did the damage to Die Roten, after Vidal opened the scoring for the hosts and then missed a penalty on the stroke of half time. Ancelotti’s men certainly have it all to do when they travel to Estadio Santiago Bernabeu next week. That’s all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
The hosts are tiring badly, with Ancelotti’s men probably looking for the final whistle already. Real Madrid continue to move the ball and work a man over, with a cross from Marco Asensio flicked to safety this time. The visitors want another.
SubstitutionKarim BenzemaJames David Rodríguez Rubio
James is introduced in place of Benzema, with Zidane perhaps looking to the weekend already. The Frenchman’s final contribution was to find the back of the net at the end of an offside move, with him looking up from the disappointment to see his number was up.
HALF-TIME! Real Madrid go into the break counting their blessing that they are just one goal behind. Vidal opened the scoring with a thumping header, before the same man went on to miss a penalty just before the interval. Bayern have dominated the ball and kept Zidane’s men in their own half, with Neuer making just one save of note. This is interestingly poised.
Yellow Card Toni Kroos
Yellow card Toni Kroos
Good stop from Neuer! The Germany international quickly gets down low to his right-hand side to push a powerful strike from Ronaldo around the post! That’s about as close as Real Madrid have gone so far. Kroos takes the resulting corner short and receives the ball back, before curling a speculative effort wide of the back post.
There is a brief break in play, as Casemiro goes down heavily after a challenge with Thiago, but the Brazilian midfielder looks fine to continue. He trudges off the pitch, but just might have found himself a little winded. Bayern have managed this game well so far, with their fans sounding very confident indeed.
Alaba tries his luck with a long-range strike off to the left of Navas’ goal, but the Austria international’s effort sails about five yards wide of the target. Neither goalkeeper has been truly worried in this contest. Robben has looked to be the danger man for Bayern with his direct dribbling runs, but they’ve not resulted in any clear-cut chances.
Robben bursts down the right and cuts inside Sergio Ramos, but a covering challenge denies the flying Dutchman and concedes a corner in Bayern’s favour. Xabi Alonso curls it in, but Bale does well to rise high to nod away from the immediate danger zone. Real Madrid fail to truly clear their lines, but Thiago loses the rebound very quickly indeed.
There has been an ebb and flow to the early stages of this game, but Thiago and Xabi Alonso are yet to really dictate play for the hosts. Muller hasn’t had much service into feet, with Die Roten lacking a true threat. Both teams are guilty of retaining possession and then giving the ball away as soon as they try and take a risk.
Kroos wins a corner for the away side, as they continue to offer something on the break. The ex-Bayern midfielder’s set-piece delivery, however, is terrible. Real Madrid maintain their pressure, with the same man whipping in a cross from the right, which Benzema rises well to meet! The French striker plants his header into the ground, before it bounces up and hits the woodwork! Neuer pounces on the rebound.
Ronaldo stands over the dead ball, but blasts it into the stands behind Neuer’s goal, much to the delight of the home fans. Real Madrid have grown into this game a little bit, but the Bayern goalkeeper has still had precisely nothing to do so far.
Thiago tries to wriggle a pass into the penalty box for Ribery to collect, but the Frenchman is mobbed while in possession. Real Madrid counter up the other end, with Benzema felled by an untidy foul from Boateng around 20 yards out from goal. This looks to be within Ronaldo and Bale’s range.
Bale gives the ball away in midfield, with neither team in a particular rush to impose themselves on this contest. It appears that both sides are just feeling each other out at present. Robben tries to escape down the right-hand side and to the byline, but the Dutchman strays narrowly offside while trying to get a yard’s head-start on Marcelo.
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