Genuine 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 the half of the pitch.
But Madrid seemed around the task of stopping Bayern along with the middle was well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, as well as the Real defense, that the wings seemed the only option for your Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their utmost offensive weapon, found himself double-teamed each 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 an actual save from goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Thus went the first 18 minutes.
Then came part 2 of Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's strategy. The counter, a Madrid specialty since Jose Mourinho's days, what food was in full gear and on the 19th minute Fabio Coentrao found Ronaldo at about the midfield line. The striker, incapable of do his usual sprints received, held and after that delivered an ideal lead pass to his Portuguese teammate about the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open at the far post for your easy let go of. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly up against the run of play.
But then the goal inspired Real website and in the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the people receiving a bouncing cross from Benzema, just about the penalty spot, and also the Portuguese star miss-hit it on the crossbar every time a simple downward touch could have ensured the next 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 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 appear and carry your day. 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 do today to out-fox one other seemed the question to reply to, the members had already shown they could follow each leader's directions to some 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 countless attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession take back. 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, only to the right of goal and about two yards away from goalie's box, and took a spot blank shot at goal going right to left. But the best keeper inside the world, the one that always reacts so quickly even when not asked all game long, made the save and kept the score line intact to the Real Madrid win.
It might have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is unquestionably worth two goals in your house. But Ancelotti is relying upon both of his stars being healthy and ready for extended play in the 2nd leg in Munich. It should be a sport worthy of a championship final instead of a semifinal.

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