True 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, with the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, playing a 4-4-2, with a clearly not-match-ready Cristiano Ronaldo, and benching the still-recovering-from-the-flu Gareth Bale, were outplayed through the visitors the complete 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 and also the middle was so well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, along with the Real defense, how the wings seemed the only option to the Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their very best 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 a real save from goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Thus went the 1st 18 minutes.
Then came part a couple of Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's strategy. The counter, a Madrid specialty since Jose Mourinho's days, was at full gear and on the 19th minute Fabio Coentrao found Ronaldo at in regards to the midfield line. The striker, unable to do his usual sprints received, held and after that delivered the perfect lead pass to his Portuguese teammate about the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open at the far post to the easy put away. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly against the run of play.
But then a goal inspired Real and in the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the people receiving a bouncing cross from Benzema, just regarding the penalty spot, and also the Portuguese star miss-hit it over the crossbar each time a simple downward touch could have ensured the next score.
At the 40:29 minute mark di Maria was the recipient of the final pass on another nice counter but he sent the ball skyward from very close range along 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 arrive and carry the afternoon. Real's formation must have been a surprise as was Ronaldo's walk out onto the pitch.
As the other half began what each coach could do in order to out-fox one other seemed the question to answer, the players had already shown they can 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 earning offensive players for midfielders and taking Frank Ribbery out. The gamble, adding a lot of attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession take back. And it also provide Bayern with many more info different more scoring opportunities.
At the 83rd minute Bayern's golden chance came. Mario Goetze was open in the box, only to the right of goal resulting in two yards beyond your goalie's box, and took a spot blank shot at goal going right to left. But the best keeper inside world, the one 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 may have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is undoubtedly worth two goals at home. But Ancelotti is counting on both of his stars being healthy and ready longer play in the next leg in Munich. It should be a sport worthy of a championship final and not a semifinal.

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