Champions League: Showdown in Madrid as galvanised Real host Bayern

Of the previous four seasons Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles

Of the previous four seasons Real Madrid have won three Champions League titles

The 23-year-old, used for an hour in the win over Leganes last time out, starts a European match for just the fourth time this season. His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal said something very interesting about Rafa's passion for football.

The Los Blancos who were recently plagued with major injuries that saw Dani Carvajal and Isco ruled out of the second leg will be hoping to ensure they survive Bayern Munich threat to go through to the final. This season so far Nadal had never attended a Real Madrid's match. But the hosts reacted quickly this time, with Karim Benzema equalizing early in the first half and scoring again just after halftime after an embarrassing mistake by Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich when trying to meet a back pass into the area.

However, in Europe's top club competition Zidane's side are "on the verge of history" and could become the first team to reach three Champions League finals for the second time, says the Uefa website.

Bayern was sitting pretty there with 87 more minutes to get another goal as long as it didn't concede more than one.

Real Madrid will await the victor of the Roma - Liverpool series that the English side now leads 5-2 heading into Wednesday's second leg.


After having Arjen Robben, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez come off in the first leg with injuries, Jupp Heynckes didn't take any chances over the weekend. Robert Lewandowski shanked one half-chance just wide on 20 minutes, and Franck Ribery was unsafe down the left, tearing up Lucas Vazquez who was filling in at right-back for the injured Dani Carvajal.

If last week's first leg was any indication, this match should live up to the hype. Bayern also squandered a number of chances in the first leg in Germany.

"Don't ask me about it, let them enjoy their title and we will focus on Bayern from now on". Bayern have lost five games all season and in each loss, Lewandowski failed to score.

Bayern were not killed off and Navas did well to save a powerful shot from David Alaba, which took a wicked deflection.

"I think Real were all at sea defending every cross, so we know what we have to do", said Wagner, the back-up for top-scorer Robert Lewandowski.

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