Real Madrid surprises Bayern Munich in Champions League

In today's Champions League 2014 first leg semifinals, Spanish Football's La Liga hosts Real Madrid defeated German Football's Bundesliga visitors Bayern Munich 1-0, with the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, playing a 4-4-2, which has a clearly not-match-ready Cristiano Ronaldo, and benching the still-recovering-from-the-flu Gareth Bale, were outplayed with the visitors your entire first half. Bayern maintained 72% of possession, beating Real to divided balls and pressing them on the half of the pitch.
But Madrid seemed as much as the task of stopping Bayern as well as the middle was so well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, along with the Real defense, that the wings seemed the only option for your Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their very best offensive weapon, found himself double-teamed each and every time he became Bayern's wide offensive outlet. Time after time the Madrid defense stopped Bayern--sometimes cold, other tines with last gasp lunges or blocks, but never requiring a true save from goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Thus went the very first 18 minutes.
Then came part 2 of Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's strategy. The counter, a Madrid specialty since Jose Mourinho's days, was in full gear and in the 19th minute Fabio Coentrao found Ronaldo at regarding the midfield line. The striker, unable to do his usual sprints received, held then delivered the perfect lead pass to his Portuguese teammate on the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open on the far post for the easy let go of. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly from the run of play.
But then a goal inspired Real and with the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the recipient of a bouncing cross from Benzema, just concerning the penalty spot, as well as the Portuguese star miss-hit it in the crossbar whenever a simple downward touch could have ensured the other score.
At the 40:29 minute mark di Maria was the recipient of the final spread another nice counter but he sent the ball skyward from very close range along with only Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to overpower.
It was clear by half-time that Ancelotti had played all his pieces well while Bayern coach, Pep Guardiola, had assumed his superior forces would simply show up and carry the afternoon. Real's formation must have been a surprise as was Ronaldo's walk out of onto the pitch.
As the second half began what each coach could caused by get more info out-fox one other seemed the question to resolve, the members had already shown they might follow each leader's directions to some tee.
The first chess move was Ancelotti's because he substituted Gareth Bale for Ronaldo to wide applause. Then Guardiola countered getting offensive players for midfielders and taking Frank Ribbery out. The gamble, adding numerous attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession restore. And it also provide Bayern with lots of more scoring opportunities.
At the 83rd minute Bayern's golden chance came. Mario Goetze was open inside box, simply to the right of goal and about two yards outside the goalie's box, and took a spot blank shot at goal going right to left. But the best keeper within the world, the one that always reacts so fast even when not called upon all game long, made the save and kept the score line intact for that Real Madrid win.
It might have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is undoubtedly worth two goals at home. But Ancelotti is counting on both of his stars being healthy and ready for longer play in the next leg in Munich. It should be a game worthy of a championship final and not a semifinal.

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