Bayern Munich faced off against Real Madrid in a highly anticipated match up in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League, Quarterfinals on April 18th. Unfortunately they would come up short, losing to Madrid again, resulting in their elimination from the UEFA Champions League.
Arturo Vidal’s red card in the 84th minute certainly complicated things for Bayern as their defense crumbled in extra time resulting in Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in the frame, completing a hat trick, and notching his career 100th Champions League goal.
Bayern started the game of strong and nearly sent a statement in the ninth minute when Thiago had his shot blocked and Arjen Robben could only put the rebound in the side-netting. That served as Bayern’s best opportunity in the first half, as Madrid recovered and controlled the rest of the first half. At halftime the score remained 0-0
Robert Lewandowski had opened the scoring with a penalty early in the second half, giving the Bavarians a one goal lead. Ronaldo would go on to score the equalizer in the 76th minute, but a minute later Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos’ own goal leveled the aggregate score and sent the tie to an extra period.
Due to Arturo Vidal’s red card Bayern Munich was shorthanded and would have to play the extra period with 10 players on the field. To accommodate this problem, Bayern made their final change before the game went to extra time as Joshua Kimmich came on for Lewandowski.
Controversy followed! In extra time, Ronaldo received a cross in the box where he appeared to be offside, the goal was given after he spun and fired his shot into the back of the net. Bayern was deflated after this goal as they would go on to give up two more goals in the frame, another from Ronaldo and one from Marco Asensio. Bayern was defeated a 4-2 and 6-3 on aggregate.
Their next contest is scheduled for April 22 against FSV Mainz.
Bayern Munich twice had to come from behind to draw 2-2 against Mainz. Goals from Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcántara (73′) served as equalizers as Mainz put the pressure on Bayern early in the contest.
Bojan Krkic’s opening goal in the 3rd minute provided some breathing room for Mainz. That did not last long as Arjen Robben tied the contest at a goal apiece in the 16th minute. Daniel Brosinski of Mainz would go on to score on a penalty kick in the 40th minute, giving them a slight 2-1 edge heading into halftime.
The pressure was now on Mainz to maintain their lead in the second half. As the second half kicked off they found themselves in danger with Alcantara, Robben, Kingsley Coman, Lewandowski and Kimmich all being denied an equalizer. Mainz finally gave up that equalizing goal to Thiago Alcántara in the 73rd minute as he found the bottom corner of the net.
Bayern Munich received heart breaking news on April 20th, when their medical unit did a thorough evaluation on their star goalkeepers Manuel Neuer’s foot. They revealed that he has a fractured foot and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Neuer sustained the injury in extra-time of Tuesday’s Champions League quarterfinal against Real Madrid. Neuer was quoted saying “Of course I’m sad I won’t be able to help the team in the final spurt of the season. I’m fully focused on recovering as soon as possible. That’s the main thing for me now.”
More bad news followed as David Alaba had to be subbed off with injury early into Bayern’s home match against FSV Mainz. It would later be reported that Alaba sustained a capsular tear in his left knee. His status for the DFB Cup semi-final clash with Borussia Dortmund remains uncertain.
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