Bayern endures a 2-1 loss to Spanish La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid
On April 12th, Real Madrid traveled to Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League first leg. This highly anticipated matchup was long awaited by the futbol world due to both clubs high prestige and star-studded rosters. Even though Bayern was without two of their impact players, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, the club was focused on their distinct game plan and felt great going into this Champions League battle.
In front of a whopping 70,000 in attendance, Bayern Munich got off to strategic start by dominating the possession time and controlling the game from the whistle. Bayern was awarded numerous corner kicks in the early minutes but were unsuccessful on every attempt. Bayern Munich star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer did a great job of patrolling the net and deflecting a close header attempted by Madrid’s Karim Benzema in the early action. During the 25th minute, Arturo Vidal lasered a bullet that finally torched the back of the net, giving Bayern an early 1-0 lead going into the intermission. Bayern Munich had great energy and charisma heading in the second half as their fans were electric supporting their beloved squad. Unfortunately, Real Madrid had other plans and their star player reached into his big bag of tricks to make his presence known after the break.
Cristiano Ronaldo connected with the net on a cross from Carvajal 2 minutes into the second half that tied the match at 1-1. Play resumed and both sides were very even in possession throughout. Bayern Munich’s coaches knew they had to turn up their defensive intensity in order to keep Ronaldo and Madrid away from the goal. Unfortunately, CR7 scored once again in the 77th minute that left Bayern and all 70,000 in attendance stunned. Bayern tried to regain their attack but the whistled sounded and they fell short 2-1. Bayern will be able to seek revenge on April 18th as they travel to Madrid to square up again for game 2 of the Champions League quarterfinal.
Bayern held to a stalemate against Bayer Leverkusen in German Bundesliga play
Both squads were held scoreless during a German Bundesliga match held on April 15th, 2017, which eventually led to a draw upon the final whistle. Bayern Munich dominated the match throughout, garnering great scoring positions and opportunities, but just could not seal the deal.
One of Bayern’s top players, Thomas Muller quoted about his team’s performance, “Our performance and attitude were good, but our use of the chances were fatal. You can’t win if you don’t score. We had three, four, five clear-cut chances.”
Even though Bayern Munich missed many scoring opportunities, credit must be given to Bayer Leverkusen’s defense as it was on par all 90 minutes while playing one man down with 10 players on the field. This scoreless draw brings Bayern Munich to a comfortable position of eight points ahead of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga standings. Bayern Munich was disappointed after this outcome, but this might give them just the fire they need heading into Tuesday’s heavyweight showdown against Real Madrid.
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Lewandowski’s Return to Training Camp
(April 13, 2014 – Source: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Europe)
Bayern Munich celebrated a blessed Good Friday and Easter as their star striker Robert Lewandowski returned to the training field after suffering a bruised shoulder in Bayern Munich’s 4-1 defeat over Borussia Dortmund last weekend. On Friday, Lewandowski completed some running drills with the ball and hurdles, then on Sunday the Polish star completed a full one hour training session with the team. Lewandowski is expected to be back in the starting lineup as the Bavarian’s travel to Madrid on Tuesday.
FC Bayern Youth Cup a Success
The FC Bayern Youth Cup took place in Singapore for the first time. Over 200 players competed and 10 were selected by Munich club ambassador Hassan Salihamidzic to play for “Team Singapore” in the FC Bayern Youth Cup Finals in May of 2017.
Next Fixture: Tuesday April 18th vs. Real Madrid 2:45 pm