Serious 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, at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, playing a 4-4-2, having a clearly not-match-ready Cristiano Ronaldo, and benching the still-recovering-from-the-flu Gareth Bale, were outplayed by the visitors your entire first half. Bayern maintained 72% of possession, beating Real to divided balls and pressing them on his or her half of the pitch.
But Madrid seemed as much as the task of stopping Bayern and the middle am well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, and the Real defense, the wings seemed the only option for your Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their best offensive weapon, found himself double-teamed 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 real save from goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Thus went the 1st 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 about the midfield line. The striker, can not do his usual sprints received, held after which delivered the perfect lead pass to his Portuguese teammate on the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open on the far post to the easy put away. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly contrary to the run of play.
But then this goal inspired Real and in the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the person receiving a bouncing cross from Benzema, just regarding the penalty spot, and also the Portuguese star miss-hit it on the crossbar every time a simple downward touch would have ensured the 2nd score.
At the 40:29 minute mark di Maria was the person receiving the final offer another nice counter but he sent the ball skyward from very close range and with only Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to conquer.
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 arrive and carry the morning. Real's formation must have been a surprise as was Ronaldo's walk out onto the pitch.
As the 2nd half began what each coach could caused by out-fox one other seemed the question to respond to, the players had already shown they could follow read more each leader's directions to your tee.
The first chess move was Ancelotti's while he substituted Gareth Bale for Ronaldo to wide applause. Then Guardiola countered attracting offensive players for midfielders and taking Frank Ribbery out. The gamble, adding a lot of attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession restore. And it also provide Bayern with a lot of more scoring opportunities.
At the 83rd minute Bayern's golden chance came. Mario Goetze was open within the box, simply to the right of goal leading to two yards away from goalie's box, and took a spot blank shot at goal going directly to left. But the best keeper inside the world, the one that always reacts so quick even when not called upon all game long, made the save and kept the score line intact for the Real Madrid win.
It could have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is obviously worth two goals in your house. But Ancelotti is depending on both of his stars being healthy and ready for longer play in the second leg in Munich. It should be a sport worthy of a championship final rather than a semifinal.

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