UEFA Champions League
Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
45′ Vidal missed penalty
60′ Martínez Sent off (Second bookable offence)
Real Madrid came from a goal behind to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Quarter-final tie at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Arturo Vidal headed the Bavarians ahead before crucially missing a penalty on the stroke of half-time after Dani Carvajal was wrongly adjudged to have handled a Franck Ribéry strike. Cristiano Ronaldo then levelled the scores soon after the interval before his 100th goal in European club competitions, put the Champions ahead after Javi Martínez was sent off for two bookable offences.
After an evenly contested first quarter of an hour, the visitors very nearly took the lead in the 17th minute when former Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos’ whipped delivery was met by Karim Benzema with a header into the ground, that Manuel Neuer terrifically tipped onto the post.
Five minutes later the Bavarians went close when former Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben found David Alaba, who curled an effort just over the bar from-range.
In the 25th minute the hosts took the lead when a Thiago Alcántara corner was met by Vidal, who powerfully thumped a header home past Keylor Navas, who got a glove to the effort but couldn’t keep it out.
In the 40th minute the German side had a good chance to double their lead when Robben beat Kroos with ease before sending a teasing delivery into the path of Vidal, who headed the ball just wide.
A minute later Real Madrid went close to levelling the scores when Ronaldo turned before firing a powerful effort from-range that Neuer was forced to palm behind. The visitors went close from the resulting-corner which eventually ended with Kroos firing an effort just wide of the far-post.
A minute before the interval Bayern Munich had a golden chance to double their lead from the penalty spot after the referee penalised Carvajal for handball, adjudging the Spaniard to have deliberately blocked Ribéry’s effort at-goal with the arm, although it appeared to have struck his chest. Vidal stepped up to take the resulting-penalty but he blazed his effort over the bar, as Real Madrid felt justice was done.
In the first minute of injury-time at the end of the first-half, Los Blancos looked to capitalise and went close when Gareth Bale curled an effort at-goal from-range but Neuer made a comfortable save.
Real Madrid started the second-half in the ascendancy and two minutes into the restart, they drew level when Carvajal’s pull-back found Ronaldo, who guided the ball home on the volley past Neuer. It was a precious away goal too.
Eight minutes later the visitors should have taken the lead when a fine cross from Luka Modrić was met by Bale with a powerful header but his effort was fantastically tipped over the bar by Neuer, although it was straight at the keeper.
Momentum had swung in Madrid’s favour since the equaliser with Bayern on the back-foot and matters got worse for the Bavarians as five minutes later, the already-booked Martínez received a second yellow card and his marching orders following a cynical foul on Ronaldo.
In the 71st minute Real Madrid had a great chance to make the man-advantage count when substitute Marco Asensio sent a teasing delivery into the path of Benzema, but he headed the ball over the bar. A minute later Benzema had another great chance when Carvajal played the Frenchman through on-goal, but his first-time effort was fantastically smothered away by the feet of Neuer.
Two minutes later Los Blancos had another fine chance when Benzema found Ronaldo, who unleashed a powerful effort at-goal, but Neuer somehow palmed the effort away, although the strike was once again, straight at him.
Three minutes later the visitors deservedly went ahead when Asensio whipped a fantastic delivery into the path of Ronaldo, who managed to get ahead of substitute Juan Bernat and poke the ball through the legs of Neuer, who got something on the effort. The goal was Ronaldo’s 100th in European club competitions.
A minute later Real Madrid went close to a third when Modrić’s fierce effort at-goal from-range produced a fine save from Neuer. A minute later Madrid nearly made it three when Ronaldo did well to send in a cross and find Marcelo, who chested the ball down before firing an effort that swerved inches wide of the far-post.
Bayern’s best chance in the second-half fell to Robben in the 81st minute, but his effort from-range produced a straightforward save from Navas.
A minute later the visitors had the ball in the back of the net when Marcelo’s cross-come-shot fell to Benzema, who curled the ball home but the flag was already up for offside.
In the 90th minute the Spanish side thought they had extended their lead when skipper Sergio Ramos met a freekick from Kroos to powerfully head the ball home, but he was already in an offside position and the goal was chalked off as his celebrations were halted.
In the third and final minute of injury-time Madrid had a great chance to make it three when Carvajal sent a terrific delivery into the path of Ronaldo, but he lost his footing and the chance went begging.
The result meant that Real Madrid will take a two-goal lead, that includes two precious away-goals, back to the Santiago Bernabéu while Bayern Munich have to overturn a one-goal deficit and score two away goals without reply, away at Madrid to force extra-time.