Bayern Munich 1 Real Madrid 2: Marcelo and Marco Asensio on target as Spanish giants come from behind to win semi-final first leg

There was no attacking masterclass like there was on Merseyside 24 hours earlier – but you must now make Zinedine Zidane’s mob the favourites to reach the final and attempt a Champions League hat-trick.

As we have continually discovered in this fascinating and unpredictable Champions League, anything can happen in the second leg.

Nevertheless, Bayern do need a miracle in Madrid next Tuesday and they certainly did not get a lot of luck last night.

Joshua Kimmich’s opening goal was cancelled out by a cracking effort from Marcelo before substitute Marco Asensio put his team in total command.

By his sky-high standards, Ronaldo did not have the best of game sbut maybe he was merely saving himself to try and outshine a certain Egyptian striker next month.

On a disappointing night for the Bavarians which started so well, they now go into next week’s second leg sweating on the fitness of both Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng who did not even make half-time.

While Real's fans left the Allianz Arena in jubilant mood, they will have been blissfully unaware that they do not have a prayer of getting a hotel room in Kiev on May 26.

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Pretty much every hotel room in the Ukrainian capital is already full – and the bank accounts and email addresses all belong to Liverpool fans.

An unsurprising feature of this semi-final was Gareth Bale remaining on the sub’s bench and his relationship with Zidane is clearly going from bad to really bad.

Karim Benzema, having scored just nine times for Real this season, also got the cold shoulder from Zidane with Lucas Vasquez preferred.

Yet this proves that the Spaniards have strength in depth like no other and that is why Liverpool vs Real – potentially – really could be one hell of a match.

Even after losing Robben with a thigh problem early on Bayern started off well, looked composed and dangerous going forward.

Kimmich then got the major share of the 70,000 screaming their heads off when he stuck the ball past Keylor Navas.

A £6million steal from Red Bull Leipzig in 2015, Kimmich started the move with a pass to Thomas Muller, tore down the right and then received an outstanding pass from James Rodriguez, who was playing against his parent club.

Kimmich took one touch and then his shot then deceived Navas who will try and avoid ever seeing a replay of that effort. Equally, Marcelo was also caught out of position.

Real’s left-back made amends with an equaliser of real quality just as the visitors appeared to be struggling.

Dani Carvajal headed a long ball from Sergio Ramos across to the edge of the area, Ronaldo thought against attempting a bicycle kick, Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez made a complete mess of an attempted clearance and Marcelo thumped the ball first time from the edge of the area.

Worse was to follow for the 28-time Bundesliga champions, Rafinha gave the ball away needlessly and Vasquez squared for Asensio to score.

Franck Ribery, who would have made it 2-0 in the first half had he been able to control the ball, was denied by two decent saves by Navas.

Ronaldo got the ball in the net but it was disallowed for handball while Bayern could have equalised through Muller but striker Lewandowski, who had a few half chances, got in his team-mate's way.

Lewandowski then wasted a golden chance with two minutes left and, at the end, looked like a man beaten.

Real Madrid have been interested in the prolific Polish striker but they may be less keen after this.

Equally, if they have any sense, they will try and sign the forward – Salah – who could be facing them in the Champions League final.


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