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Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their third goal with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino REUTERS/Phil Noble
Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their third goal with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino REUTERS/Phil Noble
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma
Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Liverpool vs AS Roma - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - April 24, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their first goal with team mates Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
Advantage Real Madrid as they score two away goals against sloppy Bayern Munich
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.
It looks like Cristiano is heading for a meeting with Mo as Real Madrid took a lead, and two away goals, with them to the second-leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich in Spain next week. Given the wildly fluctuating score-lines that this competition can provoke and given Juventus went so close in scoring three times at the Bernabeu in the last round then Bayern cannot be ruled out, and felt they should have won and not lost here, just as Roma will hope they can overturn Liverpool’s 5-2 Mohamed Salah-inspired advantage. But it does seem to be set for Real Madrid versus Liverpool, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was quiet on this occasion, failing to score for the first time in 12 games, against Salah whose exploits were played on the big screen prior to kick-off and whose name was on everyone’s lips. Liverpool should fancy their chances against this Real defence and goalkeeper Keylor Navas but they will also know the threat posed by the most successful team in European history and their talisman in what would be a re-run of the 1981 European Cup Final. A Kenny Dalglish-led Liverpool won then. Now they have his heir, Salah. But this Real always seem to find a way and that is their greatest strength. They inflicted Bayern’s first home defeat of the season and how bitter it was for the Germans that they should succumb to these opponents. Again. This is the most recurring match-up in Europe, a 25th meeting of these super-clubs, but Real have won the last six. Including winning here last season, by the same score-line, in the quarter-finals. Bayern were deeply unfortunate in the second leg and they will have believed that the Gods conspired against them once more. Not only did they lose but they lost Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez to injury. Real Madrid players celebrate Asensio's goal Credit: REUTERS Their evening was summed up when Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski got in each other’s way as one of them had to score with the Bayern captain then claiming a penalty after he kicked Raphael Varane with an air-shot. It was that kind of night for Bayern with Franck Ribery grabbed by a pitch invader at the final whistle. Real did what Real do. They did not play particularly well but they won. “We will have to fight in the second leg and in football everything is possible. You can’t say anything is decided,” coach Zinedine Zidane said but his team showed that big-game mentality he boasted about on the eve of this tie. With Ronaldo below his best – one shot went for a throw-in while after he netted superbly with another it was rightly ruled out for hand-ball – others stepped up and not least captain Sergio Ramos. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Still it was a record 96th Champions League win for Ronaldo with Real on course to win this trophy for a 13th time, and a third season in a row, and in doing so end the run of Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes who has won his last two campaigns in the European Cup and who is retiring – again. These were two heavyweights, two teams stacked with big names who, surprisingly, made big mistakes. Each of the three goals followed clear errors. Bayern went ahead when Marcelo failed to get back in time and they took a quick goal-kick to exploit the space he left with James Rodriguez sliding the ball through to Joshua Kimmich. FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal The full-back ran on but, even so, it was a tight angle although Navas gambled on a cross and was caught out as he wafted a hand and the ball sailed between him and his near post. Then, maybe, there was the game’s pivotal moment when Ribery was put clear but the ball went to Navas after a woefully heavy touch. Just as Zidane was surely pondering another half-time re-think, Real scored. Maybe it was Ronaldo shaping for another bicycle kick that distracted Bayern but they did not react as the ball ran to Marcelo who drove it low first-time across goal and in. FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) “It was a present to Real Madrid,” Heynckes said. “Like the second goal. We created so many goal-scoring chances but we were not clinical. I have not seen anything like that. We will give everything we have to make up for this result in the second-leg. It’s our duty.” Bayern paid the price again. As they pushed in the second-half, they were caught out. Real broke from a corner but Bayern had the change to clear only for Rafinha to stumble and play the ball straight to Marco Asensio. Suddenly it was two against one and the substitute exchanged passes with Lucas Vazquez before coolly steering the ball beyond goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. There was one last chance for Bayern with substitute Corentin Tolisso putting Lewandowski through. He tried a Salah dink. But he sent the ball wide. 9:53PM Bad Bayern Munich stat 6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid in the Champions League, their worst losing run against an opponent in the competition. Olé. #FCBRMApic.twitter.com/W5g48kZvjO— OptaJean (@OptaJean) April 25, 2018 9:49PM Fans on the pitch at the final whistle Some people managed to get onto the pitch at the final whistle and were seen running chased by stewards. Half a dozen fans have just run on the pitch. One seemed to grab Franck Ribery before he was tackled by stewards.— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 25, 2018 Here's one of them. Taking a selfie. Why. WHY. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS Credit: REUTERS He looks devastated in that final one. The pitch invader, not the players. 9:47PM Expected goals xG map for Bayern Munich - Real Madrid. Instead of asking, "do we want the threepeat" instead we should ask, "what does the threepeat want of us?" pic.twitter.com/D5ZWR1h4C2— Caley Graphics (@Caley_graphics) April 25, 2018 FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 9:44PM Team shapes Average touch positions (0 min) Hummels, Rafinha and Ribery had most of the ball for Bayern but you can see how defensive Real's shape was tonight. 9:39PM FULL TIME That's it! Real Madrid win with two away goals! A tremendous result for Zidane, Heynckes has to work out a masterplan to turn this around in Madrid. 9:38PM 90 mins +4 Bayern still looking hopefully for an equaliser but it doesn't look like one's coming from anywhere. Real Madrid are doubling up on Ribery on the left now - he and Kimmich have been the best players for Bayern all evening - and cutting out anything dangerous. 9:37PM 90 mins +2 The counter-attack is on! James gets a pass to feet but it takes him wider than he wants and he has to turn back. Real Madrid can get back into their defensive shape and then Modric is able to steal the ball and sends Benzema on his way. He doesn't spot Asensio in a mile of space to his left and gives away a free-kick by playing an offside Vasquez in instead. 9:34PM 90 mins Kovacic absolutely charges out of his own box to chase the ball and lead a counter-attack from Real's box to Bayern's. He's completely wiped out before he even reaches the halfway line by Thiago, who is booked. 9:32PM 89 mins Ronaldo is back defending now, following Kimmich's run and shielding the ball out for a throw-in. Bayern pass around a bit and then suddenly LEWANDOWSKI IS IN! Huge chance! Tolisso passes around the corner of the defender, Lewandowski is one on one but puts his shot well wide of the post. That's a bad miss. 9:30PM 87 mins Ribery floats a high ball into the area and Real Madrid players look it as though they've never had to deal with a cross before. Marcelo boots it into the air, nobody heads out... and Ribery wins a free-kick wide left from Kovacic's foul. 9:28PM 85 mins Credit: AFP Kovacic is on for Casemiro, who was on a yellow card. Bayern still in possession but can't quite seem to work out how best to use it. Some of the Bayern players look shattered too. 9:26PM 83 mins Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid Sule waits for Asensio to get close as he shields the ball and throws himself to the ground, winning a free-kick. That's the first poor decision the referee's made all game. Ronaldo tries to put Vasquez in on goal but the goalkeeper is able to smother it. 9:25PM 81 mins Bayern have a corner. James takes it but Varane gets up well to head away. Real drop deep and deal with the danger easily, Ribery's early cross helping matters as it goes straight out for a throw. 9:22PM 79 mins Casemiro catches James with a late tackle 25/30 yards out and is booked for it. This could be a shot or a cross... Thiago stands over it... and curls to the back post. Ramos clears. 9:21PM 77 mins Martinez off, Tolisso on. Lewandowski controls the throw on his chest and then goes on a run like a dolphin back inside the pitch with the ball on his head. He's put his team in trouble here! Lewandowski tries a backheel flick to get rid of the ball but has set up Benzema! He touches it past the defender and only has the goalkeeper to beat but is wide of the six yard box... and Ulreich gets down well to block. 9:19PM 75 mins Credit: AFP Thiago is outraged that the referee has given Real Madrid a free-kick for a foul on Modric and he charges towards him, soundtracked by an aggrieved, extremely loud crowd. It's the right decision again. Oh to be a referee. The free-kick is headed away and then goes out for a throw to Bayern. 9:16PM 72 mins WHAT A GOAL! WOW. Wowowowowow. Ronaldo peels away from the last man, Modric hooks the ball over the top to him and he brings it down on his chest/shoulder... actually that might be an arm... but Ronaldo keeps going and lashes a left footed volley from 20 yards into the bottom corner. It's a brilliant finish... but the referee says handball. And he's right. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 9:14PM 71 mins Ribery is getting closer and closer. Vasquez is the right-back now, in theory, and that might not be the safest of defensive options. Ribery finds space, cuts onto his right foot and thumps a shot at goal. Wide of the far post. Is... is Ronaldo playing in central midfield now? 9:12PM 68 mins The corner is whipped into the area and there's a scramble! Muller can tap into an empty net! But somehow Real survive... and now Martinez is down clutching his head... and Real Madrid are attacking. 9:11PM 67 mins Zidane is telling Carvajal to go down injured - because he's injured - but the right-back plays on. Bayern win a corner, Carvajal goes down. Thiago isn't impressed, the Bayern support really don't like it... but now Benzema is actually coming onto the pitch. 9:09PM 65 mins Is Carvajal coming off here? He's trying to take a throw-in, even though he's about to be replaced by Benzema. And that's a pretty weird substitution as it is. Vasquez at right-back? 9:07PM 63 mins Lewandowski goes down under a challenge by Casemiro but the referee doesn't care. Bayern slow down and wait for him to get back on his feet - I'm really happy this a thing now - as the striker makes a miraculous recovery after learning he won't get a free-kick. Kimmich attacks down the right, James switches play, Real Madrid are forcing Bayern to play around them. Ribery gets lucky with a rebound and blasts a low shot at goal but too close to Navas, who saves. And now Carvajal has gone down with what might be a hamstring injury. Is this pitch haunted or something? 9:05PM 61 mins Navas makes a brilliant save from Ribery's shot inside the box! Interception: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Raphael Varane, 51 min) 9:01PM GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! asensio goal ASENSIO SCORES! It's a huge mistake by Rafinha that gifts this one. The corner is cleared, Rafinha is one of two back near the halfway line and he tries to pass across the pitch. That's dangerous to start with but he does so while off-balance! Asensio steals it, passes to Vasquez, who gets his return pass dead on and Asensio stays composed to dink the ball over the goalkeeper. Two away goals for Real Madrid! FC Bayern 1 - 2 Madrid (Marco Asensio, 57 min) 9:01PM 57 mins The crowd roars as Bayern attack quickly! Marcelo is out of position again, the ball is wide right and Muller swings it towards Lewandowski at the back post! He has to head it back across goal. Navas has the ball stolen from him by Modric. Corner. And REAL ARE AWAY HERE! 8:59PM 56 mins Asensio wins a throw-in off Kimmich and Marcelo takes his time walking up the line to take it. Benzema is getting warmed up on the sidelines. A change of shape for Real? 8:58PM 55 mins FC Bayern vs Madrid shots on goal 8:57PM 53 mins Ribery is booked for leaving a little extra in a challenge on Varane, who yelps in pain as he does. The referee has to deal with the entire stadium deeming this unfair, booing and jeering, and the rest of the Bayern players buying into that attitude. 8:55PM 51 mins Ribery tries to get Bayern going down the left but Real deal with it, with Navas missing his punch and Ramos heading away. Ribery is in again on the left now though! He faces up to his man on the corner of the six yard box... and he's completely binned Casemiro with a shift of feet! His low cross into the box is deflected away before Muller can tap into an empty net! So close! 8:52PM 48 mins Asensio might mean that Real have someone who sticks out on the left rather than roaming inside like Isco tends to, which will help Ronaldo stay in central positions more often. I think it's an attacking substitution by Zidane. Asensio's first involvement isn't great though and he gives the ball away to Bayern. Ronaldo takes the ball on as it rolls loose, sets himself up for a shot and then takes it! Urgh. That's about 10 yards wide of the corner flag. Miss: FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Cristiano Ronaldo, 47 min) 8:49PM KICK OFF 2 kick off 2 bayern Isco off, Asensio on. 8:41PM Marcelo celebrating Credit: REUTERS 8:39PM Real Madrid's gameplan McManaman has been complaining that Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball enough and that Kroos and Modric have been poor but I'm not sure he's seeing the bigger picture here (says the writer about a Champions League winning player). Zidane has set his team up to contain, frustrate and hit on the counter-attack. Bayern Munich's biggest threat is their counter-attack - allowing them to do that is suicidal and so sitting deep, staying patient and denying space for the Germans in the final third is a good way to keep the score down. The Allianz is incredibly difficult to go to and get a result so the pragmatist, safe and sensible option is look to keep things quiet and take a low score defeat or draw back the Bernebeu where the Galacticos can turn on the style. Credit: GETTY IMAGES They've done it pretty well so far. Bayern were always going to have chances and were it not for Navas' mistake at the near post, might not have scored there at all. Zidane's won the trophy twice in a row, he knows what he's doing. Ronaldo is playing on the left wing when Real Madrid are defending so it's basically a 4-6-0 formation. When they get up the pitch he moves central to get on the end of crosses. Average touch positions (half time) Those crosses generally come from Vasquez on the right, which explains his selection ahead of Benzema. You can't just go to Bayern Munich and play your attacking players and assume you'll win. It's hard! 8:33PM HALF TIME Real Madrid have what they came for (an away goal), have kept Bayern mostly quiet until the final few minutes and it's been pretty equal. A rather entertaining semi-final! 8:33PM 45 mins +2 MULLER AT THE BACK POST! Just wide! 8:32PM 45 mins +1 Bayern have one last chance before half time. A free-kick wide left is hooked in and Lewandowski is there! He heads down, Navas parries and then scrambles to get up and smother it. He should probably have kept that safe first time. Regardless, Real survive. 8:30PM GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL! bayern 1 1 real madrid MARCELO SCORES! Real move up the pitch, the ball drops for Marcelo on the edge of the area and he hits a brilliant shot across the goal into the bottom corner. FC Bayern 1 - 1 Madrid (Marcelo, 44 min) Real have what they came for! 8:29PM 43 mins Steve McManaman is moaning about Real Madrid's lack of time on the ball and, basically, their tactics. I'll lay into that at half time. 8:27PM 41 mins Bayern are really pulling strings now. They have all the ball and are finding space in Real's half. Corner. It's flicked on at the near post and HUMMELS IS THERE! He's volleyed over from six yards! What a miss! 8:24PM 38 mins Bayern keep surrounding the referee whenever a Real Madrid player fouls one of theirs. Rafinha has theatrically reacted to going over Carvajal's leg and a stadium full of people whistling and jeering doesn't yield a yellow card. 8:22PM 36 mins Credit: AFP That's Kimmich finishing past Navas at the near post. 8:21PM 35 mins Niklas Sule, an extremely highly-rated young centre-back has come on to replace the injured Boateng. 8:20PM 34 mins Bayern have Real Madrid pinned back in their own defensive third, Ribery twists and turns on the left and hits in a cross... and Navas throws himself at it like he's Superman. A double fist punch gets it away when he could easily have caught the ball. That's a nervous goalkeeper. AND RIBERY IS IN! One on one with the goalkeeper, he MUST SCORE BUT NO! His second touch is really bad and rolls to Navas. Real Madrid get away with that one. 8:17PM 32 mins More bad news for Bayern. Boateng has gone down! It looks like a muscle injury, either groin or hamstring, and he's hobbled off the pitch. 8:17PM 31 mins Interestingly, the assist for that goal came from James, the on-loan-from-Real-Madrid man. Bayern get in behind straight away again and Lewandowski goes down! No penalty. 8:14PM GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL! bayern goal Where did that come from?! Marcelo is caught completely out of position as a quick Bayern attack puts Kimmich into an ocean of space on the right wing. He sprints to wide of the box, looks up to see who he can cross to... and blasts the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post! It's an awful mistake by Keylor Navas - that should never have happened! FC Bayern 1 - 0 Madrid (Joshua Kimmich, 28 min) 8:12PM 27 mins Real Madrid win a corner but Ramos ruins it by fouling someone in the area. Ronaldo keeps drifting out to the left wing as Real attack, then moving into a central position as the team gets forward. 8:10PM 25 mins Real have started attacking now they're over the opening quarter of the game. They've done well to keep Bayern quiet until this point but seem to have gone up a gear. Carvajal gets into the box and strikes at goal from a one-two! But he hits it straight at the goalkeeper. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Daniel Carvajal, 23 min) 8:08PM 23 mins James puts in a meaty tackle on Vasquez. Friends no more! And Thiago puts the ball out of play again! He's been poor since replacing Robben. Possession: FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:06PM 21 mins Real Madrid get forward properly for the first time all game. Ronaldo finds space on the right, gets near the box and just has to play it low across the six yard box to set up a certain goal! But it's knocked behind for a corner. Bayern deal with that, then catch Kroos offside from the resulting corner that follows. 8:05PM 19 mins Bayern get into the Real half, players start moving, passes are quick and one-touch and then Rafinha puts it onto his right foot and launches one from distance! Saved! The strike is decent but hit too close to the goalkeeper, who keeps hold of it with safe hands. Attempt Saved: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Rafinha, 19 min) 8:03PM 18 mins Credit: REUTERS 8:03PM 17 mins Ronaldo is on the ball! He attacks on the left wing, cuts inside onto his right as he goes past Boateng and goes down on the edge of the area! The referee says no foul. FC Bayern vs Madrid 8:01PM 15 mins Real can't keep the ball at the moment. Bayern are moving it around so well, making the pitch nice and big and running towards goal... but Hummels punts the ball out for a throw accidentally and now Real can play a bit. And Casemiro hooks it forward, handing possession to Bayern immediately. 7:58PM 13 mins Bayern ping some really nice, longer passes between each other as they try to beat the Real press and keep the ball but end up putting it out for a throw. Real win possession back but give it up straight away after a poor pass from Carvajal. Bayern have started the better team here. 7:56PM 11 mins Hummels strides forward and sends a pass towards Lewandowski. Ramos spots it, comes to intercept and wipes out the striker. Their shins collide, which will hurt a bit, but both are fine after a little roll-around and some treatment from the physios. 7:54PM 9 mins Credit: AFP 7:53PM 8 mins Real Madrid have the ball in Bayern's half and chip it over the defence to Ronaldo, who is just offside. And it looks like Thiago is getting ready to come on - Robben has to leave the game and gets a round of applause as he walks, head hanging, around the outside of the pitch. That's a real shame. 7:52PM 6 mins Robben is sitting down and doesn't look happy. Javi Martinez signals to the bench that his game is over. The physios come onto the pitch and see to Robben, who limps off. He might actually be alright to continue but it's just so unlike a footballer to overreact about something. Especially an injury! [/sarcasm] 7:50PM 4 mins Modric catches Ribery from behind and the Frenchman goes tumbling... but he's OK. Bayern get forward and find space down the right, Robben is in behind Casemiro, crosses into the area, Ribery knocks it back across the box and suddenly half the Bayern team turn to the referee! They want a penalty! Nothing given. Both teams have started on the attack here. The replay shows that the ball came off Carvajal's shoulder. 7:48PM 2 mins Bayern almost score within 10 seconds! Ball recovery: FC Bayern 0 - 0 Madrid (Marcelo, 1 min) Lewandowski puts a little too much on his ball into the area and Marcelo is able to get rid of it! That would have been quite the start. 7:46PM KICK OFF bayern kick off Here we go! 7:42PM Here come the players! Everybody singalong now. "The CHAAAAAAAAAMPIONS" etc. Make up your own words for the rest, it's much better that way". 7:36PM The warm-ups Credit: AP Credit: REUTERS Look! It's James Rodriguez. In a rather confusing situation he is actually allowed to play against Real tonight, even though technically he's their player. 7:25PM Boateng's cool glasses He's a classy guy. 7:16PM Some lovely pre-match reading Real Bayern 7:14PM Ronaldo's pre-match preparation Presumably he's listening to a self-recorded message of support. Credit: GETTY IMAGES "Breathe in. You are Ronaldo. Breathe out. Guess what? You're still Ronaldo. Think of a happy place, a sunny beach, Ronaldo is there in his pants, he's beckoning towards you to do some pushups, my god he's ripped. Now he's scoring a bicycle kick. This is you, Ronaldo" and then Ecuador by Sash comes on. 6:34PM Bayern Munich starting lineup Unsere Elf für die #RoadtoKyiv! ���� #packmas#FCBRMA#ChampionsLeaguepic.twitter.com/DPygKnrLET— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 25, 2018 6:33PM Real Madrid starting lineup �� Tonight's starting XI in Munich! #APorLa13pic.twitter.com/uTmyHamYqK— Real Madrid C.F.�������� (@realmadriden) April 25, 2018 Bale and Benzema on the bench! 6:15PM SOCCERBALL! Good evening and welcome to our liveblog for this clash of the titans, with two of the biggest, most famous clubs ever going at it to secure a place in the final of the Champions League! Tonight's setting is Munich where Bayern host Real Madrid, a side in search of a third successive European trophy and who have the experience and quality to do it. Jupp Heynckes has managed both and already won the competition before he 'retired' a few years ago - this is his comeback and he'll be determined to make sure that his final year in management goes out with applause and another victory for the German champions. Credit: GETTY IMAGES Team news should be in soon and at that point we'll know how both sides will line up but there shouldn't be any massive surprises. Stay with us for all the action, updates and analysis you can eat.