Real Madrid came from behind to seal a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena.
The hosts, who lost Arjen Robben to an early injury, found themselves a goal up when Joshua Kimmich broke free from deep and beat Keylor Navas at his near post.
There was yet more injury woe for the Bavarians when Jerome Boateng limped off with a muscular injury, and the Bundesliga winners clearly missed his defensive leadership.
Just before the break, a high ball was missed on the edge of the box, and Marcelo struck a venomous shot past Sven Ulreich.
The introduction of Marco Ansensio after the half-time interval added much needed zip to the Madrid midfield, and the Spain international combined with young forward Lucas Vazquez to score another precious away goal on the break.
Real will head into the second leg at the Bernabeu knowing Jupp Heynckes’ side must score at least twice to stand a chance of going through, which could yet play into their hands on the counter.
STAR MAN – Lucas Vazquez
Given a tremendous amount of responsibility by Zinedine Zidane from the start, the Spaniard was deployed on the right-hand side ahead of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale on what was a huge stage. He was composed when he had the ball, and was always willing to pick it up from his midfield compatriots. The assist for Marco Asensio’s goal was also played to perfection. Although it seemed like an easy ball, to play it at pace, in a high-pressured situation and so that Asensio didn’t need a touch was excellent and typified his night.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
The equaliser from Marcelo was not only a fantastic strike, it was perfectly timed. Prior to losing Robben and Boateng, Bayern were in control and had stifled the Madrid attack. Zidane’s men were yet to create a clear cut chance until the left-back thrashed home his goal from the edge of the box. After a high bouncing ball was missed by almost everyone, the Brazilian remained calm, and watched the ball all the way onto his trusty left peg where he thrashed the ball past a hapless Ulreich.