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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid full time: Bayern fall to Real 2-1 in injury-filled match

Bayern had a multitude of chances, but only Joshua Kimmich’s solo goal crossed the line.

FULL TIME: Bayern fail to convert their chances and cannot recover after conceding two goals in the first half.

90': Tolisso makes a very hard tackle on Marcelo, sending him to the ground. Bayern try to counter, but Real's defense holds firm.

Four minutes of stoppage time.

89': Thiago sees a yellow card on a sloppy challenge.

88': Tolisso gave Lewandowski a perfect pass to take an easy one-on-one shot on goal, but Lewy misfires it well wide.

83': Kovacic replaces Casemiro for Real Madrid's last substitution.

77': Casemiro sees the yellow card for fouling James. James cannot even take the free kick.

75': Corentin Tolisso replaces Javi Martinez for Bayern's last substitution. Javi seems to have hurt his head.

72': Ronaldo breaks away and scores past Ulreich, but the goal is nullified for a handball he committed when he brought down the ball.

66': Carvajal goes down again and at last is replaced. It looks as if Real just want to waste time until they can swap the players out without going down a man.

Just a moment later, Kimmich takes a short corner and delivers a wonderful cross, but Müller and Lewandowski get in each other's way and cannot put the ball across the line.

64': Carvajal goes down. He appears to be injured. Benzema is warming up on the sideline but has not come on yet. Real are dropping deep into their half and parking the bus.

62': Ribery thwarted by Navas again. Ribery has put in an incredible, age-defying performance, but he just can't get by Navas.

57’: Real Madrid capitalize on a mistake by Rafinha and score. Rafinha misplays a pass to Asensio, who combines with Vazquez and scores easily past Ulreich one on one.

52' Yellow card for Ribery: Ribery makes a heavy challenge and steps on Varane. Kuipers shows him the yellow card.

50’: Ribery somehow manages to weave around Real’s defense in the box. He crosses to Müller in front of the goal, but Müller can't connect through the crowd of bodies around him.

47’: Thomas Müller comes up limping slightly after challenging Asensio.

SECOND HALF: Marco Asensio replaces Isco on Real Madrid’s side as the second half begins.

HALFTIME: Bayern close out the half with multiple close chances at goal. Navas can barely contain one shot, while another passes just outside the goal. Lewandowski barks at the referee claiming he was fouled in the box, but we stand tied 1-1 at the half.

Real have all three subs left, while Bayern have been forced to use two for injuries.

44' REAL SCORE: Marcelo. As Bayern are slow to clear away the ball just outside their penalty area, Marcelo fires a long shot into the far corner. 1-1.

42’: Müller fires a great shot at the back post, but it is blocked.

40’: Mats Hummels cannot connect with a pass from Lewandowski and skies the ball over the open goal.

37’: Bayern’s bench leaps to its feet as Carvajal knocks Rafinha down with an elbow or forearm.

33': Boateng cannot continue. He limps off on the sideline andis replaced by Niklas Süle. Seconds later, Franck Ribery cannot control a beautiful pass from Thiago, but lets the ball slip by into the hands of Navas.

31’: Jerome Boateng gives everything to make a run to give Lewandowski a chance, but he pulls up with what appears to be a groin injury. He’s being treated. Niklas Süle is warming up.

29’: Within seconds of kickoff, Lewandowski almost makes it 2-0, but he’s brought down by Varane in the box. Play on, says the ref.

28’: Unmarked on the right flank, Joshua Kimmich takes the ball all the way and puts it into the net. Navas miscalculated expecting Kimmich to pass to Lewandowski. But with Lewandowski marked by two defenders, Kimmich does it alone.

26’: Madrid are pressing Bayern all the way back to the goal. Bayern seem rattled after losing Robben. Carvajal fires a cross just over Ronaldo’s head.

22’: Javi Martinez calld for a foul on Sergio Ramos. In the ensuing chaos after the free kick, Carvajal gets just enough space to fire a shot, but Sven Ulreich makes the save.

20’: Ronaldo receives the ball unmarked, but Boateng clears it out. Real takes two corners but can’t do anything with them.

18’: Rafinha takes a shot from distance, but it is easily caught. Bayern are doing well in possession, but Real has thus far managed to shift their offense away from the wings.

16’: Real find Ronaldo unmarked on the left. Boateng closes him down and makes a tackle. It might have been a foul, but the ref says play on. Isco follows soon afterward with a blocked shot.

10’: Both Sergio Ramos and Robert Lewandowski briefly go down after their shins collide. Ramos looked like he got the worse of it. They are able to continue.

8': INJURY/SUBSTITUTION: Robben cannot carry on. He is replaced by Thiago, while Thomas Müller moves into his space on the right wing.

5’: Arjen Robben is down on the pitch. He is being treated by Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on the sideline. Thiago is warming up.

KICKOFF: The ball is rolling! Here we go! James Rodriguez creates a chance right away, as he dispossesses Real and passes to Lewandowski. Thomas Muller can’t connect with the cross.

5 minutes to kickoff: The players are in the tunnel and ready to come out. Let’s do this!

20 minutes to kickoff: Bastian Schweinsteiger sends a heartfelt “pack ma’s!”

35 minutes to kickoff: Bayern’s legendary captain wishes us luck:

Fun fact: Philipp Lahm is so versatile, he crosses his fingers in English and squeezes his thumbs in German.

50 minutes to kickoff: UEFA isn’t sure what to make out of Real Madrid’s lineup either:

Isco on the left, or should he be behind Ronaldo and Vazquez in a 4-4-2?

1 hour to kickoff: Real Madrid’s lineup is out:

It will be interesting to see where Ronaldo falls in the system. Vazquez replaces Benzema—leaving it open whether Ronaldo plays up front alongside of him or further back.

1 hour to kickoff: It’s pretty much what everyone predicted. Jupp Heynckes is going for a 4-1-4-1 with James Rodriguez benching Thiago Alcantara. David Alaba doesn’t make the starting lineup (not that we expected him to). It’s going to be all-out attack from Jupp,

1 hour 15 minutes to kickoff: We have lineups!!!

1 hour 20 minutes to kickoff: Bayern have enter the building:

Also: today is a good day for spectacular football. Today happens to be the birthday of one of the all-time greats, and a personal favorite player of mine, Johan Cruiff:

1 hour 25 minutes to kickoff: Real Madrid have officially parked the bus at the Allianz!

1 hour 40 minutes to kickoff: Ballack chooses wisely:

AND: unconfirmed reports are claiming that James Rodriguez will start, while Thiago stays on the bench.

Okay, so we’re finally here. This is the biggest game of the season — Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid. The two biggest teams in Europe are going to go up against each other in Munich, at Bayern’s hallowed Allianz Arena. This is the kind of heavyweight clash that the Champions league was meant for. This, is the pinnacle of football.

There is no room for error here. Zinedine Zidane will come out all guns blazing, with his stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos all leading the lineup. Jupp Heynckes will have to respond with a depleted squad — still missing Manuel Neuer and Kingsley Coman due to long term injuries, and the possibly of David Alaba being unfit to play. With Arturo Vidal injured for the rest of the season, it’s likely that former Real Madrid man James Rodriguez will pair up with Javi Martinez in midfield, which more or less means Martinez will have to hold the mid himself.

In attack, we will have Franck Ribery, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, and possibly Arjen Robben. There’s a slight chance that Thiago could start, but it’s unlikely. Well, that’s about it for team news.

It’s Bayern time.

Match Info

Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/Streaming: USA (ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports GO, ESPN3, WatchESPN, Fox Sports 1, ESPN Deportes+, FOX Soccer Match Pass, fuboTV), Germany (ZDF, SRF zwei, ORF eins, TeleClub Sport Live, Sky Go Deutschland, Sky Sport 1 HD), Canada (TSN5, TSN3, RDS GO, RDS 2, DAZN CANADA, TSN GO, beIN SPORTS CONNECT Canada, beIN Sports Canada, TSN4, TSN1), India (SONY TEN 2, Sony LIV, SONY TEN 2 HD)

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