Vinicius brace sets up do-or-die semifinal between Bayern, Real

On Tuesday, Bayern Munich faced Real Madrid at home in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Real Madrid, largely seen as the favorite to win this season’s UEFA Champions League, opened up a one-goal lead. However, Bayern Munich stormed back with two second-half goals before Real Madrid scored again.

The game had a flow that favored Bayern Munich. However, that came by design for Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. Deploying Vinicius Junior on one side with Jude Bellingham as his other ‘striker’ is not the most attacking side Los Blancos can put out. Relying on defense worked against Manchester City in the quarterfinal. Then, the more the first half at the Allianz Arena wore on, it worked against Bayern Munich.

Preventing Bayern of any truly dangerous chances, Real Madrid waited for its moment of brilliance. That came from former Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos. The German picked out a delicious pass between the Bayern lines that played Vinicius alone on goal against Neuer. The Brazilian took the shot on with his first attempt with his favored right foot to beat the oncoming Neuer. A against the run of play was precisely what manager Carlo Ancelotti had in mind. Real Madrid entered the halftime break with a one-goal advantage.

Bayern Munich turns the game around with second-half goals

That lead did not last long, though. Whatever Thomas Tuchel communicated to his Bayern Munich side worked wonders. The first beneficiary to make a difference on the scoresheet was Leroy Sane in the 53rd minute. Despite failing to score in his last 25 games, the German has made an impact in other ways, including a great game against Arsenal in North London. He broke his personal dud with after cutting onto his left foot. He blasted a shot to beat Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin at the near post, one the Ukrainian likely wants back.

Four minutes later, Bayern Munich earned a penalty through Jamal Musiala that gave the hosts the…


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Author : Kyle Fansler

Publish date : 2024-04-30 21:08:18

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