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Bayern Munchen 1 – 2 Real Madrid Match report

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace put Real Madrid in the driver’s seat.

A magnificent second-half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a vital 2-1 away win for Real Madrid against their mighty German opponent Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena which certainly gives the Los Blancos a significant boost before the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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It was indeed a match of two halves in which the home side dominated the first one, Arturo Vidal in particular.The 29 year old Chilean gave FC Bayern the lead during the 25th minute mark when he scored with a bullet header. Vidal quickly became the culprit after missing a clear second chance and blazing a controversial penalty miles over the crossbar.

Real Madrid didn’t waste much time in second half to equalize as the full back Dani Carvajal’s low cross was enough for Ronaldo to pounce upon and score beyond the reach of Manuel Neuer. It was Ronaldo’s first goal in the competition since September 27. FC Bayern could not have wished worse as their centre back Javi Martinez got marching order from the Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli after two quick-fire yellow cards during the first quarter of the second half. That gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side enough trauma which they were unable to overcome and eventually conceded another as Ronaldo scored his second, 13 minutes from the time confirmed the victory – his 100th goal in European competition.

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After a cagey start to the proceedings, Real Madrid came closest to open the scoring when the German midfielder Tony Kroos spotted Karim Benzema in the box and looped in a dangerous cross which saw a finger-tip save by Neuer into the crossbar after a downward header by the Frenchman. The Bavarian goalkeeper returned to the first eleven after missing the last three matches with injury.

Despite missing injured Robert Lewandowski, the home side attacked vigorously and at times caught Madrid by surprise. After a series of corners, Bayern finally got their fruit as Vidal met Thiago Alcantara’s delivery in a overcrowded Real Madrid box and powered a thumping header into the net inspite of Keylor Navas’ endeavor.

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Bayern could easily have their second as Vidal spurned a great opportunity heading high and wide from12 yards out. Arjen Robben was the architect of the sublime move as he got free of Kroos resulting in the impeccable delivery.

The stage was well decorated for Vidal to score his second from the penalty spot but he agonizingly put his effort well over the crossbar. Had the goal been scored, the match officials would have been slammed again for wrong judgement as the assistant behind the Madrid goal had incorrectly ruled that Carvajal had blocked a shot from Franck Ribery inside his own box with his arm.

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After being 0-1 down in a high voltage tie like this, the Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane definitely had said something in the dressing room which made impact almost immediately after the break as the Portugal captain cancelled out the Arturo Vidal opener which made the exuberant Martin Tyler say, ‘’Real Madrid- They always score.’’ The tireless Croatian midfielder Luka Modric found Carvajal down the right having space and the full back’s accurate cross was smoothly swept into the bottom left corner by Ronaldo. Madrid started to dictate the tempo as Modric tried a cross into the box which found Gareth Bale resulting in a superb one-handed save by Neuer after the Welshman headed the ball from point-blank range.

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Bayern didn’t really learnt their lesson as two back to back yellow card offenses in the space of three minutes got Javi Martinez sent off which gave Real Madrid huge advantage who already got their valuable away goal ,looking forward to score another. Madrid midfield then started to demolish the German barriers through Modric & Kroos and the full backs gave necessary aid to them. Tony kroos eventually completed 76 passes out of 78 attempted ones giving the German 97.4% passing accuracy.

After the red card incident, it became Manuel Neuer vs Real Madrid as he denied Benzema after Carvajal had fed the striker before a strong right arm got better of a firm Cristiano Ronaldo strike from 12 yards.

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But when your opposition is a German team, you can’t really stall Ronaldo for a long time as he eventually got passed another through the legs of the World’s best goalkeeper in the 77th minute, racing to meet Marco Asensio’s curling cross from the left hand side despite the marking of Jerome Boateng.

Sergio Ramos steered in a header in 90th minute which eventually ruled out as the assistant referee correctly spotted that the Madrid captain was offside. If madrid had gotten the vital 3rd away goal, the tie could well have been over for the German team.

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These two teams will again face each other during the next midweek at the Santiago Bernabeu where Carlo Ancelotti may get the services of his talisman Robert Lewandowski and big German centre back Mats Hummels.The tie is now far from over the Bavarians but the obvious ‘’away goal’’ advantage lies with Zinedine Zidane who won the competition as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in 2014.