CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: BAYERN 1-2 REAL MADRID

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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: BAYERN 1-2 REAL MADRID

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Match Report

Champions League semi-finals: Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid

Bayern Munich goal: Kimmich (28' minutes)

Real Madrid goals: Marcelo (44' minutes), Asensio (57' minutes)

Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid side inflicted German champions Bayern Munich first home defeat of the season while winning 2-1 at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals tie moving towards a third successive Champions League crown. Goals from Marcelo and Marco Asensio gave Real Madrid a one-goal lead for the return leg at the Bernabeu after Joshua Kimmich's opener for Bayern. Marcelo's third Champions League goal of the campaign started Real's fightback.

"How do they do it?" said football analyst and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin. "They weren't brilliant - they have some incredible individual players. But you watch some other teams and you are blown away by them as a collective. But for Real there is nothing spectacularly special out there apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, maybe Marcelo, and the rest of them are very good players playing quite well. I really can't tell you how they do it. They survive with a bit of luck, Bayern had a load of chances, but Real somehow find a way."

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand said: "Real know how to get the job done. There's a ruggedness about them. And they have individuals who can turn games in an instant."

"I think if we had won 5-2, Real couldn't have had many complaints," said Bayern defender Niklas Sule.

Toni Kroos says Real's individual quality was key in the decisive points in the match.

"We have to be there at the important moments, we were," said the Germany international.

Real have lost twice in their Champions League campaign to date, a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur in November then scraping through to an aggregate win in spite of a 3-1 reverse on home turf against Juventus in the last eight.

Next Bayern have to overturn a goal deficit to book a spot in the final against either Liverpool or Roma on 26 May. Bayern have fallen at the semi-finals in three of the past four seasons, and manager Jupp Heynckes was left wondering what might have been with Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery all missing good chances.

"We had so many chances, it was strange. I've never seen us have so many chances in a semi-final, especially against a team like Real Madrid," he said. "We simply weren't clinical enough and we gifted Real their goals.”

Bayern were missing goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defender David Alaba and midfielder Arturo Vidal, while center-back Jerome Boateng and winger Arjen Robben were forced off early.

"We want to do whatever it takes to put this result right next week. It's our duty. We didn't deserve to lose today, so I'm confident."

German football writer Archie Rhind-Tutt asked, "I would also ask how well Bayern are playing this season? They have won the Bundesliga by a country mile but have not really raised their level when they have had to win. I wonder how much of a difference that made tonight? The standard has dropped ever since Pep Guardiola left Bayern, in terms of the standards of their performances. If you talk to their fans, they would say that they have not seen the same football since he left. Bayern would play teams off the park for the entirety of games. They miss him."

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Squads

Bayern Munich

Ulreich, Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Robben, Muller, Rodriguez, Ribery, Lewandowski. Subs: Starke, Wagner, Sule, Thiago, Bernat, Rudy, Tolisso.

Real Madrid

Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Lucas, Ronaldo, Isco. Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Benzema, Bale, Hernandez, Asensio, Kovacic.

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Oldenzaal)

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