Emotions fluctuate between Bayern and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals

PAP/EPA / Anna Szilagyi / Champions League semi-final: Bayern Munich – Real Madrid

Sebastian Szczytkowski

Real Madrid was ahead, Bayern Munich was ahead, but neither of them managed to win. After two consecutive rounds, the two teams will play the return match in Spain after a 2-2 draw. At stake is the Champions League final.

Two of the three best clubs in their history have qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League. Real Madrid undisputedly leads the “medal” classification, and Bayern Munich ranks third, slightly behind Milan. The experience of both teams in the long rounds of the Champions League is enormous. The other semi-finalists: Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain cannot be compared to him.

The reality of this season is more enjoyable for Real Madrid, which not only defeated Manchester City in the Champions League, but also won the Clásico after returning from England and came close to winning the Spanish Championship. Bayern were eliminated from the German Cup in embarrassing circumstances and, after years of dominating the Bundesliga, had to come to terms with handing the German championship over to Bayer 04 Leverkusen players. Therefore, the Champions League is the last frontier where Bayern can win the title.

Six minutes passed and Bayern's active players tested Andriy Lunin with two shots on goal. Leroy Sane's first attempt was blocked by the Ukrainian's legs. In turn, Harry Kane's shot was trivial and Andrey Lunin hugged the ball to his chest. The hosts also fired the next four shots, but they were off target. Bayern seemed to want to confirm the unexpected words of Lothar Matthäus, who made him the favorite in the first leg against Real Madrid.

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Real slowly gained momentum, but after a cautious quarter of an hour they started to do something in the opponent's half. The Madrid side seemed to have put their opponents to sleep, but once they took the lead, they took a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Toni Kroos's through ball passed between the confused Bayern defenders and reached Vinicius Junior. The Brazilian had to beat the lone Manuel Neuer with a set shot.

The “red wall” of Bayern fans were disgusted by the events of the first half. Several attacks by the hosts did not give the lead, and Real Madrid, somewhat in their style, attacked once and effectively. The stadium in Munich was quieter than it was before Vinicius Junior's goal. The Bavarian team also had to recover from the shock as the air was knocked out of them.

The second part is a completely different story. Bayern attacked again and tied the score at 1-1 in the 53rd minute with a shot from Leroy Sane. This player has already squandered several goal-scoring opportunities, but he clearly needed them to set his sights. Leroy Sane received a pass from Konrad Laimer and entered the Real Madrid penalty area. There, he tricked the defender with his body balance and shot it at the near post past Andrey Lunin. The Munich team was waking up.

Bayern's devastating acceleration allowed the score to change from 0-1 to 2-1 in the 57th minute. Harry Kane had no problem beating Andrey Lunin from the penalty spot. A penalty kick was awarded to the hosts due to Lucas Vazquez's foul on Jamal Musiala. Thus happened the first crazy twist in the semi-finals.

This time, Bayern had to pass the test of maintaining a good result, which Real Madrid failed to do. The game was tight, and the hosts not only defended successfully, but from time to time looked for a way to increase the lead. There were scoring opportunities on both sides of the pitch. Harry Kane's shot went wide and Vinicius Junior's shot was blocked by Manuel Neuer.

The Royal team's goal came with a score of 2:2 in the 83rd minute. Vinicius Junior beat Manuel Neuer with a shot in the middle of the goal. This time, Clement Turpin was awarded a penalty for Kim Minna Ja's careless foul on Rodrigo Goes. Therefore, the two teams failed to achieve progress before the second match, although a draw in goals puts Real Madrid in a slightly better position.

The return leg will start at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday, May 8, at 9pm.

Bayern Munich – Real Madrid 2:2 (0:1)
0:1 – Vinicius Junior 26'
1:1 – Leroy Sane 53'
2:1 – Harry Kane (K) 57'
2:2 – Vinicius Junior (K) 83'


Bayern: Manuel Neuer – Joshua Kimmich, Eric Dier, Kim Min-jae, Noussair Mazraoui – Konrad Laimer, Leon Goretzka (46' Raphael Guerrero) – Leroy Sane (87' Alphonso Davies), Thomas Muller (80' Serge Gnabry), Jamal Musiala. Harry Kane

TRUE: Andriy Lunin – Lucas Vazquez, Nacho (65' Eduardo Camavinga), Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy – Federico Valverde, Aurelien Chouamini, Toni Kroos (75' Brahim Diaz), Rodrigo Goes, Jude Bellingham (75' Luka Modric), Vinicius Junior.

Yellow cards: Mazraoui, Kim (Bayern), Kroos, Vazquez (Real).

Judge: Clement Turpin (France)

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