Bitter-end for Spanish Football in Champions with FC Barcelona going out yesterday & now Real Madrid, the latter in the most unwanted fashion, in a penalty shoot out that saw three players - Roanldo, Kaka & Ramos - miss what usually are certain targets.
Perhaps the super physical effort of the Liga "clasico" last Saturday passed on its collateral effects on both Spanish Football sides, & in tonight's case, the tiredness effected the mind & the players concentration. Lastly, Bayern goalie Neuer is a top class stopper & it showed in the penalty shoot out & IKER CASSILLAS stopped two penalties that proved once again that we are talking "TOP" level in World Football.
Either way, worthy winners Bayern Munich which played a great match, very tactical & very worked looking always to create plenty of opportunities that had Real in many occasions on the back foot.
The game started with a nervous Bayern which Real Madrid exploited to the maximum with goals via a penalty in the 6th min by CRISTIANO RONALDO & another in the 14th min again by RONALDO.
|Robben scores penalty|
Bayern then showed their character & recovered to win a penalty ( a Pepe foul on Gomez ) in the 27th min that ROBBEN converted to equal the aggregate scoreline. From here onwards it was an exchange of blows between both contenders that took the Football & the psychical efforts on both sides to the limit. There were chances, misses, shouted penalties, fouls, mistakes, tiredness & nerves, every ingredient to give the spectator a grand game of Football.
Towards the end, both sides felt the pressure as a simple mistake would send you directly home & out, & thus caution ruled & thus the match ended in the penalty-shoot out "lottery" stage.
From here, well it will be all news all day tomorrow. There can only be one winner & tonight it was Bayern Munich. Wish them luck for here!
Final result - score:
Cristiano Ronaldo (p.) Min 6
2-0 Cristiano Ronaldo Min 14
2-1 Robben (p.) Min 27
2-2 agg score after extra-time
Alaba (p.) t.p. 2-3
Cristiano Roanlado MISS
Mario Gómez (p.) t.p. 2-4
Xabi Alonso (p.) t.p. 3-4
SERGIO RAMOS MISS
Schweinsteiger t.p 3 -5 WINNER