Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti looked to trump his previous team, with which he won La Decima, as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, two heavyweights of European football, clashed in the 1st leg of the Champions League quarterfinals at The Allianz Arena. But his team failed to contain the defending champions as Real Madrid shoots down Bayern Munich by 2 goals to one.
The build up to fixture was high as it was considered the best face-off in the Quarter Finals this year and players like Toni Kroos and Xabi Alonso lined up against their former club. The game ended with a bitter disappointment for the Bavarians as Real Madrid came from behind to win the match with scoreline at 2-1, bagging in 2 crucial away goals.
The first half was dominated by the home side with Vidal thumping in a header from a corner set piece but missing an open play header and a controversial spot kick. Madrid responded in the second half with a quick goal from Ronaldo, ending his Champions league goal drought since September last year.
Martinez’s two quick yellow cards gave the Glacticos a foothold they never relinquished and Ronaldo scored a second in the 77th minute – his 100th goal in European Competition. The scoreline could have been worse for the Bavarians but brilliant saves from Manuel Neuer ensured the deficit didn’t increase.
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The tie is far from over for the Bundesliga Champions but the advantage rests with Zinedine Zindane’s men. Bayern surely missed its Polish hit-man Robert Lewandowski on the night and would need him in the reverse fixture at Bernabeu to reach the semi-finals for the 6th consecutive time.