Real Madrid are on course to lift the champions league title for the third time in a row after a 2 – 1 victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night gave them the edge over the Bavarians.
Marco Asensio’s introduction at half-time proved decisive as he scored the all important winner as the Los Blancos go into the second leg with two vital away goals.
Thomas Muller had the first chance of the match as he was unable to re-position himself to convert a Lewandowski cross thus setting the tone for a frantic start before Arjen Robben went off injured with Thiago Alcantara coming in as his substitute.
The first clear chance fell to Dani Carvajal when he darted pass James Rodriguez(playing against his parent club) to receive a pass from Lucas Vasquez but his tame shot was straight at Sven Ulreich.
Bayern full-back, Joshua Kimmich got the first goal of the game as his shot cum cross(only he can truly say which it is) flew past an equally confused Keylor Navas in goal.
Bayern lost centre-back Jerome Boateng(who was replaced by Niklas Sule) to a hamstring injury, but it was Madrid’s defence that had to keep with the pace and trickery of Franck Ribery.
Muller had a close range shot deflected behind by Sergio Ramos, then just before half-time, Marcelo drove a half-volley into the bottom corner leaving Ulreich stranded.
Lewandowski and Muller floundered their set-piece chances in first half stoppage time. Zidane introduced Marco Asensio introduced for Isco at half-time and that changed the game. Rafinha’s played a wrong pass in midfield was intercepted by Asensio who in turn passed the ball to fellow youngster Vasquez. The then ran into space to recieve a return pass before clipping the ball beyond Ulreich to complete a sweet counter-attack.
Muller missed another missed another gilt-edged chance and a few more heroics from Navas kept the tie at 2 – 1. The unusually ineffective Ronaldo then had a goal disallowed for handball. Lewandowski clipped the ball wide at the 88th minute to conclude a wasteful performance for the Germans.
Bayern now face an up-hill task to beat Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu to stand a chance of getting to the Finals for the first time in five years.