Controversy took center stage as Bayern Munich were knocked out by Real Madrid as Los Blancos made a new record by reaching seven UEFA Champions League semi-finals in a row!
It was easy to predict most of Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven but the only question was who will be chosen to take Gareth Bale’s place as the Frenchman went with Isco on the night. The starting lineup consisted of:
Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos [C], Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema
Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (76′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (105′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (110′)
Marco Asensio (112′)
Bayern Munich –
Robert Lewandowski (53′)
Sergio Ramos [OG] (78′)
Didn’t have the greatest of starts to the game as he commanded his position pretty well but had problems with distributing the ball most of the time as he always seemed to give it away to the opposition. Putting that fact with his aggressiveness in the match, it seemed that he was going to definitely get suspended at some point, which on any other day would have probably been the case. Casemiro slowly got into the game and ended up being a much-needed asset as Bayern Munich were attacking in every possible way in order to find a goal.
Putting aside Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick, Marcelo was easily the man-of-the-match on the night. His performance against Bayern Munich showed everyone who could somehow doubt him just how good of a player he actually is as the Brazilian pretty much did a little bit of everything. A wonderful night for him and a great game to have before El Clasico!
A marvelous hat-trick and 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League will cast a massive shadow on his actual performance throughout the night. The Portuguese was trying way too hard to score during the first half that he missed some great opportunities to give it to a teammate but, after that first goal was scored, he was back to the Cristiano Ronaldo that we know and love as he continued his insane record against Bayern Munich. Five goals in two games against the Bavarians is something to be very proud of.
The young 21-year-old Spanish midfielder came on during the second half just like he did in the first-leg of the tie and caused havoc once again for Bayern Munich! Marco Asensio’s quality is way ahead of anyone his age and it’s important to realize that we have a gem in our squad that we need to deal with appropriately or else he could end up slipping away. To add to another wonderful night, he scored a wonderful goal to put all Madridista hearts at ease.
If you can end a post with some controversy, then why the hell not? Fans of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and a little child named Gerard Pique, were all in shock as they believed Bayern Munich were robbed. Of course, the Catalan fans made A LOT more noise that Bavarians who have always been unbelievably gracious and, dare I say, normal. Two offside goals for Real Madrid and a red card to Arturo Vidal helped Los Blancos win the tie. Of course, it’s fun to ignore an offside by Bayern Munich which lead to their second goal as well as the penalty given to Arjen Robben (scored by Lewandowski) wasn’t actually a penalty.
I think that it’s safe to agree Real Madrid actually deserved to go through and that’s exactly what they did. The team deserves to celebrate this and acknowledge that they have just knocked out a great opponent.