The Allianz Arena in Munich is ready for the first-leg of the Champions League (CL) semi-final between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. The fixture is a repeat of last years’ quarter-final, where Real eliminated their German counterparts (6-3 agg.) en route to their twelfth European cup trophy.
Regulars: There will be no shortage of experience on the field for this encounter. Real are in the semi-finals for the eighth year in a row, while Bayern have seen their fair share of CL football in recent years. It is the 25th time the teams will go head to head in European cup football, and the teams have met in the CL/EC semi-finals a remarkable seven times before…Watch Match open Link:
Possible starting lineups
Bayern: Ulreich; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba; Martínez, Thiago; James, Müller, Ribéry; Lewandowski
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo
Players to watch: Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski has 28 goals in 28 Bundesliga matches, and will be desperate to add to his five CL goals this campaign.
Real star Cristiano Ronaldo is insatiable in the CL. A tally of 120 goals in 100 games puts him top of the pile, and this season he’s scored in ALL ten games, and has 15 CL goals in total so far!
Stat attack: Both teams are among the top scoring teams in the CL, with Real averaging 2.6 goals per match and Bayern 2.3.
Bayern are unbeaten at home this season (W18, D3). They’ve kept a clean sheet in 12 games, and they’ve scored 3+ goals in 14 matches!
Bayern have amassed 21 yellow cards so far – the second most in the tournament. Head to head last season, the referee had to dish out 12 yellow and two red cards over two games.