By Greg Robertson
Real Madrid V Bayern Munich, Leg 2 Champions League 2012… Hello and welcome to Santiago Bernabéu where we have a mouth-watering match in prospect. It’s Champions League football at its best with Real Madrid sure to be streaming forward in an effort to overturn the 2-1 deficit to Bayern Munich after the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Away goals will come into play here. Cristiano Ronaldo – can he get time on the ball? Will Real Madrid get the chance to go back-to-back? All Bayern need is a clean sheet here.
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LIVE COMMENTARY… Real Madrid 2 – 1 Bayern Munich 0, agg 3-3 (currently, match will go to penalties)
BAYERN MUNICH WINS ON PENALTIES and will face Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final! VIDEO UP.
WE GO TO PENALTIES
Bayern 1 2 X X 3
Real X X 1 X 0
Ronaldo misses his penalty! Advantage Bayern as Neuer saves. Kaka misses. Casillas saves one! Casillas saves again and it's all even again!!!! RAMOS BLASTS over the top.
117 mins: Oh... what a run from Marcelo and feeds Ronaldo but he's caught offside. That would have meant a 1-1 with Neuer. Two minutes to the third ever UEFA Champions League semi-final penalty shoot out.
116 mins: Granero in the box and panics as Neuer comes out and shadows right behind him.. Granero diving and receiving a card for the dive.
111 mins: Dander as Kaka finds himself chesting the ball and taking a HEAP of time... and that's just a poor effort really. His chest took the ball wide but it's just like flick the ball in and hope. Kaka really should have done better and finished with an effort on target.
109 mins: Granero coming on - he's a penalty taker so you can see what is at the forefront of minds on and off the pitch. Ozil comes off as his tank is on empty. Mesut with a game full of running.
108 mins: And Ronaldo's effort just then has the corner flag ducking. Neuer, still enjoying the pint with his opposite.
106 mins: This is the strangest Champions League semifinal extra time football I've ever seen. Casillas and Neuer could walk off and share a beer at the local and they wouldn't be missed.
HALFTIME EXTRA TIME - smart money going on penalties. Very strange period of extra time as no one wants to go for it. Offer both teams penalties and perhaps they'd take them at this stage. Benzema coming off for Madrid and Higuain on.
103 mins: Just a couple of left in extra time, first spell... whoever loses here today will kick themselves for not being more industrious. Not a lot of football to report on aside from yellow cards... Badstuber mistiming a tackle on Benzema - very late - and he'll miss the final should they make it.
100 mins: There simply is no urgency from either side. Gustavo booked for a silly challenge - he'll miss the final should they go through after a challenge on Pepe.
99 mins: Ronaldo strangely doesn't pull the trigger on the edge of the box... gives Lahm time to challenge and the danger is cleared.
97 mins: Neither side willing to risk too much and hence the football all played in the middle of the park. The attacks forward are in two and threes and a rare fourth but it's all about not conceding right now.
94 mins: Benzema finds Ozil with space but once again the ball in to seek out Ronaldo isn't the quality that's needed. Quiet second spell from Ronaldo, but will he come into his own as legs tire? Ribery is off and Thoma Muller comes on for Bayern Munich.
92 mins: It's Madrid with the early pressure in extra time... red shirts closing things down as quickly as they open up.
Strap yourselves in... we're underway.
WE HAVE EXTRA TIME.
89 mins: Robben unlucky to be booked for diving when there was actually contact in the tackle. + 2 mins added time. Bayern with all three subs and Real have two left.
88 mins: Looks like Ribery stood on Pepe's arm... oh pathetic Pepe just pathetic as he rolls around as though he's been shot. It was a tickle...
85 mins: No one wants to make a mistake right now and Bayern are just playing it around at the back prompting jeers from home fans. GOMEZ BLOWS IT! That was the winning of the game there but he got things all tied up. Video up.
82 mins: Both teams finding plenty of space right now but the final passes are lacking in the delivery. Very evenly poised on the scoreboard and on the park. Extra time? Robben nearly send Ribery in but he's a little too heavy hooted with the pass.
77 mins: Benzema brilliant down the right and he's all alone, looks up and sees white shirts arriving but can't get it past the red shirts frantic to get to the near post.
73 mins: Kaka about to make his way into the match....Do Maria is off. Game lacking a little decisiveness right now.
71 mins: Gustavo brings down Ozil on the edge of the box and you can be sure that Ronaldo is looking as this on... ahem, Ronaldo would like to take that one again I'm sure as it sails well over.
69 mins: Benzema cracks one just on the edge of the 18 yards, after a great run down the left from Ronaldo who is starting to fire up. Benzema's shot always on the up and over the bar.
66 mins: Robben into the box and he beats Pepe but Casillas is quick to act and slides in to take the ball from his feet.
63 mins: A few technical issue but we've come through those now and ALL VIDEO IS UP. Most of the football being played in the centre third at present.
56 mins: Benzema breaks through and he's onside and shoots across his body but Neuer fends it off. Video up. Ronaldo dazzles down the left and wins the corner - all he was after.
52 mins: Crowd in great voice... ball being played around by both sides, Robben on the dribble and there's a vital intercept tackle by Pepe.
48 mins: Gomez at the other end gets ahead of Pepe and beats him to the header but it slices wide.
46 mins: real quick out of the box and it's Benzema who whips it hard and low across the box but no one's there to touch it home. No changes at the break.
Here we go and things are set up perfectly for the start of the second half...
HALFTIME Real Madrid 2 Vs 1 Bayern Munich
45 mins: Here's a real chance for Bayern with Pepe clipping Gomez's heal just on the edge of the penalty area and Gomez makes the most of it but it's the right decision. Robben over it... oh it's squeezed through and Casillas makes a good save after probable being unsighted early. Video up.
42 mins: Free kick to Madrid as Gustavo brings down Ozil. Almost like a short corner. The ball is just half a yard too long as the compact box is just that, 12 players within the six yards.
41 mins: The pace of this one just dropped off slightly as both teams search fro halftime - but suddenly Pepe is called upon to scurry and deal with Gomez who gets in behind again... Pepe strong on the challenge saves face.
37 mins: Ronaldo searching for his hat-trick and a free kick from about 28 yards gives him the chance but it flicks the wall on the way through and that takes the sting off it. Phew - a chance to breathe. The first half an hour of this one has been frenetic.
34 mins: Oh wow, Gomez with an acre of space and should have scored - just Casillas to beat. But he fires it straight up them. Video up. There is crazy things happening at both ends as the defending is not quite up to scratch and there are chances galore. This is wide open. Stays this way and we head to penalties but you can be sure there will be more goals the way these teams are defending.
30 mins: Benzema has a crack from an acute angle and nearly buries it in the corner with a real bender. Video up. This one has been all action - crazy.
25 mins: PENALTY BAYERN MUNICH! Yellow card to Pepe for bringing down Gomez. Robben to the spot... and it's 2-1. Video up.
24 mins: Bayern now with plenty of a ball and searching for a path through. But Real break and it's mayhem when Ronaldo whips one square across the six yard box.... all hell has broken loose in the Bayern back third. Video up soon.
18 mins: Alaba making some great runs down the left and he's their most potent attacking force so far but aside from breaks away, Real are on top.
14 mins: Ronaldo scores again! Video up. He was found free on the edge and just picked his spot in the bottom corner to give Neuer no chance.
11 mins: Gomez with the shot and Casillas can only push it back into the path of Franck Ribery... he's put under enough pressure to send it just wide. Video up.
7 mins: Oh no Bayern attack down the left and a lovely ball in gives Robben a chance on an open net and - unbelievable - but he's missed an absolute sitter, open goal. Video up.
4 mins: PENALTY to Real Madrid. Di Maria with the shot and it's been handled in the penalty area by Alaba. Video up. Ronaldo scores!
2 mins: Real Madrid with the early territory advantage. Ohhh Do Maria receives the ball over the top wide on the right, cuts in on the dribble and cuts it back to Khedira who hits it low and hard but Neuer is the equal. Video up.
We're underway... what was that from Neuer right from the kick off? Video up of the Bayern keeper feeling the nerves.
Teams coming out to the packed house now... Here are your teams... the whole back four is one yellow away from suspension for Bayern.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain, Callejon.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez.
Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
We have our live pictures and the stadium is a treat... can Mourinho make history as the only side to lead three sides to the Champions League final... and a date with Chelsea. Real with 17-3-2 home record against German clubs.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munchen's coach Jupp Heynckes had this to say: "I'm satisfied with our attitude and determination. We deserved the win, it will be morale-boosting, and we go to Madrid full of confidence and belief. We're always capable of scoring away from home so I'm optimistic."
Just a little over 20 minutes to the start of this one and already all the talk is will Ronaldo be able to drag Real Madrid out of this one or are we about to see the second upset of the Champions League semifinals? Here's what he had to say before the match: “I hope the Bernabeu gets the first goal. The crowd has to be ready from the minute we go on the pitch because we feel their influence. It's a big match and if we have the crowd's support we'll be full of confidence.”
Kick off is not far away in the meantime watch Leg 1 action and highlights.
Real Madrid: 1-Iker Casillas; 17-Alvaro Arbeloa, 3-Pepe, 4-Sergio Ramos, 15-Fabio Coentrao; 14-Xabi Alonso, 6-Sami Khedira, 10-Mesut Ozil; 7-Cristiano Ronaldo, 9-Karim Benzema, 22-Angel Di Maria.
Bayern Munich: 1-Manuel Neuer; 21-Philipp Lahm, 17-Jerome Boateng, 28-Holger Badstuber, 27-David Alaba; 30-Luiz Gustavo, 39-Toni Kroos, 31-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 25-Thomas Mueller, 7-Franck Ribery; 11-Ivica Olic.
With the Spanish title nearly secured, Real Madrid now needs to turn its attention to beating Bayern Munich today in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Madrid lost to Bayern 2-1 in the first leg last week, but followed that with a 2-1 victory at Barcelona in the Spanish league, increasing its lead over the defending champions to seven points with four matches to go.
And to reach the Champions League final, only a win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will do.
"The team's moment has arrived," said Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored his record 42nd league goal on Saturday against Barcelona. "It's a big game and we're going to win it because we're playing in front of our fans."
Madrid has rallied to win five of seven times when it trailed 2-1 after the first leg, and has won all five of its European home games this season.
Only Ajax in 1972-73 and AS Roma in 2007-08 have managed to advance against Madrid after winning 2-1 at home in the first leg.
But Bayern has beaten the Spanish team in three of four semifinals.
"We know that after the first leg result that Bayern will look to the counterattack, but we also expect them to show a lot of respect toward us since we're playing at home," Ronaldo said.
Jose Mourinho, who guided Inter Milan past Bayern in the 2010 final at the Bernabeu, has led Madrid into back-to-back semifinals since his arrival as coach.
Knowing his team must score, Mourinho will likely change from the defensive tactics he used last week against Bayern when Madrid looked content to protect a 1-1 draw before Mario Gomez scored the winner in the 90th.
Brazil defender Marcelo may start at fullback in place of Fabio Coentrao with at least a goal necessary, while Brazil playmaker Kaka could also start the must-win match.
"Bayern knows if it doesn't score goals, it's out," Mourinho. "I don't expect the Germans to play defensively."
For Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, the return to the Bernabeu will likely feel bittersweet after guiding Madrid to the 1998 Champions League trophy to end a 32-year barren spell. But the German coach was fired at the end of the season following a fourth-place finish in the league.
Four-time champion Bayern can become the first team to play the final in its own stadium if it progresses to the May 19 final, although captain Philipp Lahm and forward Thomas Mueller are among seven players risking suspension for the final if they are booked on Wednesday. Madrid has four players under such threat, including Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos.
"Collecting no yellow cards but being knocked out is completely useless to us," Schweinsteiger said on Tuesday. "We'll all throw ourselves into our tackles, just how it has to be."
Heynckes rested several regulars in Saturday's Bundesliga victory over Werder Bremen with the title won by Borussia Dortmund. Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is expected to start while Daniel van Buyten (foot) and Breno (knee) are out injured.
"It's a mouthwatering and top class game of football, it'll be very emotional. Right from the start, we have to hit the gas pedal, get stuck in, and show all the virtues which Bayern Munich stand for," Schweinsteiger said. "The fans are fired up and so are our opponents. That's all the motivation we need."
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