Real Madrid took a big step towards a third consecutive Champions League final on Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Goals either side of half time from Marcelo and Marco Asensio either side of half time overturned Joshua Kimmich’s opener, on a night where the German side will feel they have let themselves down after missing a number of great chances to add to their tally.
Bayern dominated the first half and took a deserved 28th-minute lead through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo levelled against the run of play shortly before the interval with a thunderous strike. The Brazilian has made a habit of scoring important goals for Real in Europe this season and this effort on the stroke of half time was no different.
Visiting coach Zinedine Zidane sent on Asensio at half-time, and the winger grabbed the winner just before the hour mark. A howler by Rafinha landed straight at the feet of the Spanish international at half time. A one-two with Lucas Vazquez sent him clean through behind the Bayern defence, and the 22-year-old made no mistake in slotting past Sven Ulreich in the Bayern goal.
Jupp Heynckes’ side had their chances to equalise, most notably from he normally ultra-reliable Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski, while at the other end Cristiano Ronaldo had a strike correctly ruled out for handball.
It was a night for casualties for Bayern also, with Arjen Robben, Jerome Borateng and Javi Martinez all forced off with injury over the course of the 90 minutes. With Manuel Neuer, Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and David Alaba already on the treatment table, the Bundesliga champions have a number of concerns ahead of next week’s second leg.
Advantage Real in the second leg at the Bernabeu – and although Juventus showed in the quarter-finals that this Real team are not untouchable, it’s going to be a massive ask for Bayern to stop them now.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) April 25, 2018