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Real Madrid face Bayern Munich for UCL final spot

08 May, 2024 17:09

Real Madrid will host Bayern Munich in the highly-anticipated Champions League semifinal second–leg as the tie hangs on a knife-edge.

The first-leg at the Allianz Arena ended up 2-2 draw with Real star Vinicius Jr. hitting the target twice while Leroy Sané and Harry Kane scoring for the home side.

Manuel Neuer, 38, still going strong despite Vinicius went pass him twice last week. And if Bayern aiming to return to Wembley after 11 years, he is going to be their trump card.

His opposite number, inexperienced Ukrainian Andriy Lunin was the unexpected star in the quarter-final against Manchester City with two penalty saves.

With Harry Kane in superb goalscoring form Lunin will need to be at his best too, especially if he wants to be number one in place of returning Thibaut Courtois, who made his return this weekend after a long absence through injury.

Antonio Rudiger be the backbone of Real’s defense and his main target to keep Kane out of the action as much as he can.

In a strong position to win the Golden Shoe for top European scorer, Kane has scored 36 times in the Bundesliga and is battling with Kylian Mbappe to finish top of the Champions League scoring charts too.

Both have scored eight goals.

Though, The England captain is still in search of the first career trophy, at the age of 30.

Evergreen Toni Kroos, 34, arguably produced assist of the season against his former club last season for the Los Blancos’ opener.

The second period was more complicated, as his team was caught off guard by a much more enterprising Bayern.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is sure to have noticed this, and could use Eduardo Camavinga in midfield and move Aurelien Tchouameni back into central defence to help plug any gaps.

In the first leg, the danger always came from the wingers, for both teams.

German duo Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala, who scored and created Bayern’s two goals respectively, and Brazilian sharpshooters Rodrygo and Vinicius can blow the game wide open with their explosive pace and skill.

Each did their part to give the opposition defence a torrid evening.

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