Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bayern defeats Real Madrid with Penalty shots 3-1

FC Bayern Muenchen defeated Real Madrid in a penalty shoot out.  Both teams definitely deserved to be in the final, but in the end it could be only one winner.  A superb performance by both teams.   
The first half started with Madrid having slightly more ball possession than FC Bayern, and Madrid pressed hard to get a goal.  Alaba drew a whistle and penalty kick, on harsh call, after his arm was struck by a ball.  However a call is a call.  On the opposite end there was another penalty call when Pepe fouled Arjen Robben just inside the penalty box. 

After a handball by Alaba in the box, the penalty awarded by the Hungarian referee, was concverted by Cristiano Ronaldo in the sixth minute, 1-0 for Madrid. Alaba determined to make up the error, charged back on the left side, delivering a perfect pass to Robben, who put it over the target.

Cristiano Ronaldo got Real Madrid's second goal when Mezul Oezil played a soft ball into his path and he did not disappoint in front of goal.  2-0 Madrid.

Arjen Robben narrowed the lead from the penalty spot in the 27th minute.  That was the second penalty shot of the night.  The match was now equal in aggregate.  

Bayern led in shots on goal 10 against 7, as well as ball possession of 58% against Madrid's 42% in the first  half.

During the second half the teams were relatively evenly matched with chances on either side.  Ronaldo missed three free kicks, two of them into the arms of Neuer, while the third went well over the target.  Gomez, on the  opposite side missed his best chance of the game when he was in the open after a pass from Robben.  

After the second half Bayern still lead in ball possession 55% to 45%, with 17 to 12 shots on goal.  After regular time the two teams were tied in aggregate 3-3.  30 minutes of overtime were played to sort it out, without result

After another 30 minutes of overtime, the two arguably best teams in the Championsleague fought to a 3-3 aggregate.  The game went to penalty shots. Too bad the game had to be decided that way.  Both teams belonged into the final.  85,000 continued to be on the edge of their seats. 

Penalty Shots -

1st - David Alaba - 1-0 Munich
2nd - Cristiano Ronaldo - Neuer saves the shot 1-0 Munich
3rd - Mario Gomez - 2-0Munich
4th - Kaka - Neuer saves it 2-0 Munich
5th - Toni Kroos - Casillas saves it 2-0 Munich
6th - Xabi Alonso - 2-1 Munich

7th - Phillip Lahm - Casillas saves 2-1 Munich 
8th - Sergeo Ramos - Fires it over the net 2-1 Munich 
9th - Bastian Schweinsteiger - 3-1 Bayern

Bayern will be facing Chelsea at the Allianz Arena in the final 

Real Madrid:  Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Khedira, Ronaldo, Benzema (Higuain 76th) , Özil (Granero 11th), Marcelo, Alonso, Arbeloa, Di María (Kaka 75th)

FC Bayern: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo - Robben, Kroos, Ribery (Mueller 95th)  - Gomez


  1. That sure was an exciting game, kept my heart in high gear all the way through to the finish. The best team won even if it had to be decided with the penalty kicks....Thanks

  2. It most certainly was. Looking forward to the final against Chelsea on May 19th.