Real Madrid are in the semifinals of the Champions League for the seventh time in a row after beating (4-2) Bayern Munich in the extra time. The German side fought until the end, took the lead but they were unable to reach their goal playing again with ten players. Los Blancos are still alive in their competition thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat trick. The Portuguese again shows up when needed.
Zinedine Zidane didn’t surprise with his line-up and Isco Alarcón had finally the opportunity to bright from the beginning. Ancelotti could finally put Hummels and Boateng as the full back pair.
The idea was pretty clear from the beginning. Bayern had to attack and Real Madrid will look for their opportunity in the counter attack. And the first clear chance was for the German side, but Robben missed it. Real Madrid reacted and Carvajal could score from a long shot, but Neuer saved it again. The German goalkeeper made a huge mistake though just after a cross from Carvajal, the ball arrived to Sergio Ramos, but Boateng saved the goal on the line.
In another counter attack, it was the chance for Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese didn’t pass the ball to Benzema, who just had to tap it in and his shot was saved. Real Madrid were missing a lot of chances to be in advantage in the scoreboard, whereas Bayern Munich only created danger from the corner kick spot. Los Blancos could score in the last minutes, but Cristiano missed again another brilliant counter attack lead by Marcelo.
Bayern Munich started better the second half. Very soon Robben could score the first one but Marcelo prevent it on the goal line. Few minutes later, again Robben, fell in the area and the referee pointed the penalty score. Lewandowski didn’t miss it and put Bayern in advantage. Just two minutes later, Robben assisted to Vidal but the Chilean midfielder miss it. It was the worst moment for Los Blancos.
It was time for a change. Benzema left the pitch and Asensio came in. Just after that, Lucas Vázquez replaced Isco, so Los Blancos had many more players in the midfield to control the game. This was the time when Casemiro cross to Cristiano, who equalize the game from a header. However, only one minute later, Sergio Ramos scored an own goal. The tie was equalized.
Marcelo and Asensio show
Real Madrid were suffering but Vidal was sent off with 7 minutes to go. Los Blancos tried harder but the game went to the extra time. Los Blancos tried more and the prize arrived before the half time, Sergio Ramos assisted and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in offside. Again, Zidane’s side was in the semifinals.
In the second half of the extra time, Real Madrid killed Bayern. Marcelo did the play of the tournament and assisted to Cristiano, who scored a hat trick. Just some minutes later, the protagonism was for Marco Asensio, who dribbled twice Hummels and put the four goal in the scoreboard. Suffering a lot, but Real Madrid are in the semifinals. It’s the seventh time in a row for Los Blancos.