Jersey Swap: Keylor Navas. Made numerous herculean level saves to keep Real from losing this match.
Tip Of The Cap: Mats Hummels. He needs to work on his headers. That much can not be denied. But what also cannot be denied is that the fact that he, as a center back, got into position to take all of those headers is pretty impressive. He had a solid game in the back end and also contributed to the attack winning a game high six arial duels and having the second most shots on the team.
Golf Clap: Joshua Kimmich. Scored the opening goal in the 3rd minute of the game by pouncing on a rebound and slotting home a perfect shot past Navas. He also completed 95 percent of his passes, seeing four of them lead to shots on goal while also leading the team in interceptions. So why isn’t he higher on this list? Because he had a pretty bad blunder on Real’s first goal. By leaving Marcelo completely unmarked, he allowed a world class full back to have plenty of space in the box to unleash a beautiful cross to Karim Benzema’s head. The whole sequence was a defensive blunder from a few different players, but Kimmich gets to shoulder his fair share of the blame.
Standing Ovation: Thiago Alcantara. A better box to box performance from a Bayern midfielder has not been seen on this stage in a long time. Thiago was phenomenal while playing with Corentin Tolisso. Bayern, for most of the match, played exceptionally well in the midfield and a big part of that is because of Thiago’s runs, his dribbling ability and his passing skill. If Bayern were to have a chance in this game, which they most certainly did, they needed Thiago to step up and he answered the call.
Meister Of The Match: James Rodriguez. I can’t imagine the emotions that were coursing through Jimmy’s veins as he stepped on to the pitch against his former club in the biggest match of the season. There seemed to be no one on the pitch who wanted to score more than he did, and through sheer force of will (as well as some dazzling on ball skills) he was able to break through right when Bayern needed it the most to make the game 2-2.
James Rodriguez smashes home the rebound against his former club to give Bayern new hope! pic.twitter.com/JPDJNGI8PD— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 1, 2018
He missed getting his goal earlier on a very difficult shot that went over the crossbar, but the fact that he shook that off showed a lot of guts. James played his heart out in both ends of the pitch while he led the team in shots AND tackles. He will take from flak from some Bayern fans for not celebrating his goal as well as kicking the ball out of bounds when Cassemiro appeared to have a serious leg injury, but frankly, he should be applauded for those displays of sportsmanship.