Preview - Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich 02 May 2018

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May 01, 2018, 05:45 AM Last Edit: May 01, 2018, 04:59 PM by Harry85
Champions League Semi Final Second Leg
Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich
Wednesday, May 2nd , 2018
03:45 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Real Madrid: 
Last five matches form: L W D W W
CL Average goals per match: 2.55
CL Average goals against per match: 1.18
CL Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (15)

Bayern Munich:
Last five matches form: W W W L W
CL Average goals per match: 2.18
CL Average goals against per match: 0.91
CL Top Scorer: Robert Lewandowski (5)

First Leg Score: Bayern Munich 1 - 2 Real Madrid

Bayern Munich have it all to do in the second leg. Having hoped to build a lead at the Allianz Arena, they instead head to Madrid needing to overcome a one goal deficit. Averaging over two goals per game in the Champions League this season though they will head to the Bernabeu believing they can put Madrid under some serious pressure.

The first leg was unique in two ways, being both the first Champions League game Bayern Munich have failed to win this season and also the first Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score in. Both will be hoping for a return to the norm here.

Real have been dealt a couple of injury blows here. Daniel Carvajal definitely misses out and Isco seems almost certain to do likewise. It is at right back where the problems really lie. The prospect of an out of position Luis Vasquez versus Franck Ribéry is surely music to Bayern's ears.

Bayern have problems of their own though. Jerome Boateng looks like being a big miss at the heart of the defence, whilst the still influential Arjen Robben also misses out.

We see this one turning into a shootout, with home advantage and that absence of Boateng just swaying things in Madrid's favour.

Prediction: Real Madrid 3 - 2 Bayern Munich


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 2 - 2
Aggregate Score: 4 - 3
Shots: 9 - 22
Shots on target: 3 - 10
Corner Kicks: 6 - 11
Possession: 40% - 60%

Referee Cuneyt Cakir booked four here, all for Real Madrid. Luka Modric, Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane and Casemiro all seeing yellow.

If Madrid were hoping they wouldn't be made to sweat quite so much as in the Quarter Final second leg against Juventus, they were to be disappointed, and they couldn't have gotten off to a worse start.

Thomas Mueller given time to cross in acres of space on the right-hand side, his ball didn't quite hit the target but a couple of ricochets saw it fall perfectly into the path of first leg scorer Joshua Kimmich on the corner of the six yard box. The youngster gleefully volleying home in just the third minute.

In the 11th minute Real were back on terms on the night. Marcelo's superb cross from the left-hand side missing out everyone apart from Karim Benzema arriving at the far post. The Frenchman heading home from six yards.

1-1   on the night at half time with Real leading 3-2 on aggregate.

The goal which ultimately sealed Bayern's fate here was nothing short of a defensive disaster and it came just twenty seconds into the second half.

A back pass into Sven Ulreich didn't have quite enough on it, but there is really no explanation for what came next. The Bayern keeper suffering from a total brain freeze and rather than kicking the ball away, he simply flopped to the floor allowing the ball to roll past him. Benzema on hand to tap in. Breathing space for Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo should have put the tie beyond doubt in the 53rd minute when well place, but uncharacteristically blazed his volley over.

It was Bayern who struck next in the 63rd minute. Madrid loanee James Rodriguez getting on to the end of a Niklas Suele cross to volley towards goal. That initial effort was blocked but it was Rodriguez who was first to react, finishing under the keeper from a tight angle.

Now we really were on a knife edge. If Bayern could win this 3-2 they would be going through on away goals.

As much as the German side pushed, right until the dying embers of stoppage time, they just couldn't do it. It's Real Madrid who progress to the Champions League final once again.

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