The last team to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons was Bayern Munich – a feat Zinedine Zidane and his team want to emulate. But first, the defending champions have to get over the considerable Bayern challenge at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.
Both teams have in-form strikers in Robert Lewandowski for Bayern and the inimitable Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid, whose only hope for a trophy this season is to win the Champions League.
Jupp Heynckes will miss the battling qualities of Arturo Vidal but David Alaba passed a late fitness start while Zidane has decided to start Karim Benzema and Isco.
Bayern Munich XI [4-3-3]: Sven Ulreich; Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, David Alaba; Javier Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez; Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski
Real Madrid XI [4-3-2-1]: Keylor Navas; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema
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Kick off at the Allianz Arena… Bayern Munich get the game underway
Bayern get the first chance of the game and we have a livelystart here in Munich
This is Real Madrid’s 29th semi final appearance
Double Corner kick for Real Madrid but well taken off by Bayern Munich
Both sides are struggling to open up the opponent’s defense
Chance.. Fine effort by Daniel Carvajal as he directs a shot on target, but the keeper saves it
Goal!! Kimmich gives Bayern Munich the lead
Chance… Lewandowski tries to double Bayern’s lead
Another injury blow for Bayern as Boateng moves out for treatment
Joshua Kimmich’s 28th goal is still the difference between the two sides at the moment
Boateng taken off Niklas Sule in as replacement
Chance… Ribery misses a good opportunity
Carvajal cuts off the run of Rafinha. A free-kick is awarded.
GOAL!!! MARCELO makes it 1-1
Daniel Carvajal provided the assist for the goal.
Chance! LEWANDOWSKI gets a free header inside Madrid’s box but Navas makes a save
Half Time Bayern1-1 Real Madrid
We are back for the second half and Real Madrid take the Center pass
Real Madrid coach takes off Isco for Asensio
Bayern Munich come close as Ribery plays the ball across the face of the goal post but Varane intercepts
Ribery gets first booking of the game
GOAL!!! Asensio gives Real Madrid the lead at the Allianz Arena
Navas makes a good save as Ribery drives home a low shot
Ribery denied again by Navas
Zidane brings in Benzema
Ronaldo gets the ball in the net but his effort chalked off for handball
Time ticking away for Bayern Munich as they still trailing 1-2
Four minutes added time
Improved display by Navas tonight
Full Time Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid
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