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Goals from Marcelo and Asensio and little else


The result in Munich last night from a Real Madrid point of view was good, very, very good in fact and it was the best thing about the game for Zidane's side. They managed to weather the barrage from the Bundesliga side which was relentless in their search for an equaliser with a rejuvenated Ribéry at the heart of all Bayern's build-up play with the French international nippy and full of determination. He ensured that Carvajal had a far from placid evening and eventually the Madrid defender was forced to leave the pitch towards the end of the game with an injury. The responsibility to keep an eye on Ribery then fell to Lucas Vázquez, who was also put through his paces by the Bayern winger. With the first leg out of the way and a positive result to take back to Madrid it's great to see a reinvigorated Ribéry.

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid. Madrid's manager Zinedine Zidane applauding his team.
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Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid. Madrid's manager Zinedine Zidane applauding his team.Matthias BalkGTRES

Bayern attack

Heynckes decided to take the game to Madrid from the off with a line-up that included attack minded players such as: Robben, Muller, Lewandoski, James and Ribéry. The early injury sustained by Robben was something of a setback for his tactical plan with Thiago his replacement. Zidane in contrast opted to start with just one striker, a lone Cristiano who to be frank had a quiet evening trying to latch onto service from Lucas Vázquez, Modric, Kroos and Isco. Zidane replaced Isco with Asensio at the break but despite the shuffle it's fair to say that Madrid never truly dominated the game, with their one period of superiority coming just before Bayern opened the scoring.

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Backs to the wall

The lone goal for the home side started with Marcelo missing in action on the left flank as Kimmich squeezed the ball past Keylor who was expecting the German international to pass. Just on the stroke of half-time, the game was level as Marcelo volleyed home. The final goal of the evening was a gift from Rafinha, as his stray ball was latched onto by Lucas Vázquez who fed Asensio for the Mallorca born player to fire past Ulreich. From then on, it was backs to the wall as Bayern pushed and pressed with Madrid just anxious for the game to conclude. Poor finishing and some solid stops from Navas ensured that Zidane's men take a favourable 1-2 back to the Spanish capital ahead of the second leg next Tuesday.