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, on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, playing a 4-4-2, which has a clearly not-match-ready Cristiano Ronaldo, and benching the still-recovering-from-the-flu Gareth Bale, were outplayed by the visitors the whole first half. Bayern maintained 72% of possession, beating Real to divided balls and pressing them on their half of the pitch.
But Madrid seemed around the task of stopping Bayern as well as the middle am well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, along with the Real defense, that this wings seemed the only option to the Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their finest offensive weapon, found himself double-teamed each and 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 an actual 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, is at full gear and in the 19th minute Fabio Coentrao found Ronaldo at about the midfield line. The striker, not able to do his usual sprints received, held then delivered a perfect lead pass to his Portuguese teammate around the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open with the far post for that easy store. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly against the run of play.
But then your goal inspired Real and on the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the recipient of a bouncing cross from Benzema, just in regards to the penalty spot, and also the Portuguese star miss-hit it within the crossbar when a simple downward touch could have ensured the other score.
At the 40:29 minute mark di Maria was the person receiving the final give another nice counter but he sent the ball skyward from very close range sufficient reason for only Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to beat.
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 the afternoon. Real's formation must have been a surprise as was Ronaldo's walk out of onto the pitch.
As the second half began what each coach could caused by out-fox the other seemed the question to resolve, players had already shown they can follow each leader's directions to some tee.
The first chess move was Ancelotti's because he substituted Gareth Bale for Ronaldo to wide applause. Then Guardiola countered earning offensive players for midfielders and taking Frank Ribbery out. The gamble, adding so many attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession take back. 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 inside the box, only to the right of goal and about two yards outside the goalie's box, and took a place blank shot at goal going directly to left. But the best keeper inside world, the individual that always reacts so quickly even when not called upon all game long, made the save and kept the score line intact for the Real Madrid win.
It might have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is read more obviously worth two goals in your house. But Ancelotti is relying upon both of his stars being healthy and ready for extended play in the second leg in Munich. It should be a game worthy of a championship final and not a semifinal.

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