CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich – the action from the Bernabeu as it happens
19:03 GMT, 25 April 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Champions League as Real Madrid host Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu in the second leg of their semi-final. The German side have the advantage after winning 2-1 at the Allianz Arena and will target at least a draw to guarantee progress to a final set to be played on their home turf. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern Munich (7.45pm)
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa,
Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo,
Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain,
Goals: Ronaldo 6 pen, 14.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng,
Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez.
Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
17min: That doesn't change anything for the visitors by the way. They still need just one goal to get back into this.
That can't be good for the defence's confidence though – they were torn apart there.
14min: GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-0 Bayern Munich
Just sublime play from Madrid. A quick passing move finds Mesut Ozil 25 yards out, who has the option to pick a pass for Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo.
The German picks the latter and the ex-Manchester United forward makes no mistake to slide the ball into the bottom corner from inside the box.
12min: Another great chance for Munich. Iker Casillas fumbles a shot from the edge of the box but with Franck Ribery waiting to convert the rebound, Khedira makes a timely slide tackle to concede a corner.
9min: What a chance for Munich to equalise! Alaba skates to the byline on the left flank before his cross finds Arjen Robben in the box.
The Dutchman, with just the keeper to beat, clips the low ball over the bar though – bad miss.
6min: GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-0 Bayern Munich
Thanks Kassai (see 19.18.) Marcelo's cross found Di Maria, whose first time cross cannoned off the arm of David Alaba to win a penalty – The defender had no chance of moving the offending limb as he slid in for a challenge.
To make matters worse he is booked and will now miss the final should Munich get there.
Cristiano Ronaldo is in no mood for sympathy though as he calmly tucked away the penalty into the bottom corner.
5min: PENALTY (Real Madrid)
3min: First chance Madrid. Angel Di Maria cuts in from the byline before laying the ball back for Sami Khedira.
The midfielder elects placement over power though and Manuel Neuer comfortably takes his low shot – decent chance that.
Kick-off: Munich get us underway.
19.43: Out come the players then on a fine spring evening in Madrid. Better than the wash-out we have in the UK anyway.
19.40: There isn't a spare seat in the house for this (and there are 85,000 of them) with the home fans all around the stadium waving white flags.
I assume they are in support of Madrid rather than an act of surrender…that would just be too easy for Bayern Munich wouldn't it
19.37: From InfostradaLive:
If Bayern reach the Final, they are the first club to play the CL final on their home ground. AS Roma were the last to do so in the Champions Cup in 1984 (1-1, 2-4 after penalties vs Liverpool).
In 1986 the final was originally scheduled for FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou, but after Bara reached that final, the match was relocated to Seville.
19.34: So how many of us want a Real Madrid v Chelsea final
The pull of Jose Mourinho being the one man that stands between Chelsea and the Champions League trophy is just too good of a script to turn down.
Having said that I also like the idea of Chelsea having to face Bayern Munich at their home stadium, the Allianz Arena.
Either would be a fascinating contest for the Blues.
19.31: Time for a preview on tonight's match with Sportsmail's Michael Walker.
Quite a few players treading a thin line in regards to missing the final through picking up bookings.
19.26: From InfostradaLive:
Current Bayern coach Heynckes gave 16-year-old Iker Casillas his first CL call-up for Real at Rosenborg in Nov 1997. Iker stayed on bench.
Calm down Dave! Bayern Munich keeper Oliver Kahn attempts to restrain David Beckham during Real Madrid's 1-0 win over the German side at the Bernabeu in 2004
19.23: Real Madrid have won their last three home games against Bayern Munich but victory still might not be enough this evening.
A 1-0 win, like they achieved in 2004, will see them through on away goals.
But a 3-2 victory, like they achieved in 2007, will see them go out on the same very rule.
If Jose Mourinho's side win 2-1 then we are going to extra-time.
19.18: REF WATCH: Viktor Kassai
It usually backfires when I praise a referee before a game, but Kassai does usually produce the goods.
The Hungarian has a decent track record of officiating big games, even taking control of the Champions League final at Wembley last season between Barcelona and Manchester United
He's proven to be a curse to English sides though this term. Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have all lost when he has taken control of their European games against Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich and AC Milan respectively.
No such problem tonight obviously.
Stars in their eyes: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) trains ahead of the Bernabeu clash
19.13: Full team news from the Bernabeu:
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adan, Kaka, Granero, Fabio Coentrao, Albiol, Higuain, Callejon.
Bayern Munich: Neuer, Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba, Gustavo, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Robben, Gomez. Subs: Butt, Olic, Rafinha, Pranjic, Muller, Contento, Tymoschuk.
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
19.08: Meanwhile what do we make of the news that John Terry's ban could be extended from one-match
Correct me if I'm wrong (and please do) but we have a precedent in Wayne Rooney's kick-out at a Montenegro defender that has landed him a two-game ban going into Euro 2012.
Terry could face similar action but is there really any case for him being banned longer than that
19.03: Well at least Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes promises to deliver a memorable game.
He wasn't pulling no punches when he described this tie as spectacular in the press conference.
18.58: Bayern Munich starting XI:
Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Badstuber, Alaba; Schweinsteiger, Luiz Gustavo; Robben, Kroos, Ribery; Gomez.
18.53: Probably worth getting this cliche out of the way early doors, but football surely will be the winner tonight.
A couple of you thought the first-leg in Munich was full of simulation but I thoroughly enjoyed the attacking talent both teams had on offer.
More of the same again this evening please.
18.50: Real Madrid starting XI:
Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
18.45: Good evening folks, I hope you have recovered from last night's semi-final because we are about to do it all over again when Real Madrid host Bayern Munich.
The winner of course will meet Chelsea in the final next month so let's get some team news.
Super Mario: Gomez (centre) scored in the last minute to hand Bayern Munich victory in the first leg