Real Madrid Recover to Win UCL Semi Final 1st Leg
Thrilling matches and amazing turnarounds continue at the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League. After a 7-goal affair in the semi-final match between Liverpool and Roma, everyone was excited to watch the semi-final game between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, where the latter were favourites to win.
Bayern came out with an attacking mindset and created quite a few chances for themselves in the first half hour. Their first chance came within the first minute itself and Robben, Muller, Rodriguez, Ribery & Lewandowski keep putting pressure on the Madrid defence. Joshua Kimmich finally found the opening in the 28th minute, giving Bayern the lead.
The home crowd was getting behind its team, until Marcelo managed to drive a ground shot with his left leg, past the Bayern goalkeeper and equalize just a minute before the half-time whistle. The teams resumed the second half 1-1 but it wasn't long before Marco Asensio broke free of the defence and passed the goalkeeper to take Madrid 2-1 up!
He scored in the 57th minute and the next 30-odd minutes of the game only went in defending as Bayern keep making chances to try and equalize. They enjoyed a total of 60% of the possession while they also had a total of 13 shots as compared to Madrid's 6, and 10 corners as compared to Madrid's 3.
As a relief to Madrid, the full-time whistle was blown, and Madrid won the 1st leg of their Champions League semi-final, 2-1. However, the players and coach Zidane will know that this was nowhere close to a convincing victory or a hard-earned victory. Champions League seems to be the place to be for Real Madrid and that's how they always find a way to win games in this competition. The 2nd leg, which takes place next week, promises to be very exciting.
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