Benzema heading in the equaliser
A 3mins early goal by Joshua Kimmich, almost a repeat performance he put up last week at Allianz Arena, gave Bayern Munich a glimmer of hope to upend the defending Champion, Real, at Santiago Bernebeu but it was not to be as Karim Benzema headed in the equalise from a left wing cross by Marcelo in the 11th mins and got another goal later in the 46th mins.
A determined Bayern side put up a real fight which yielded another goal in the 63rd min through James Rodriguez.
Their determination to take the game showed in the possession tally of 60 per cent to Real’s 40, 23 shots at goal to Real’s 9, shots at target at 10 to Real’s 3 and corners at 11 to Real’s 5 and foul at 10 to Real’s 9.
But the winning goal that should have made the difference never came and Real managed to escape on a 4-3 aggregate, having won the first encounter with 2-1.
The question is can the Real defend the title this time round given the way it has wobbled through? They finished second in their group, losing 3-1 to Tottenham at Wembley in November, but won in the knockout stages against Paris St-Germain, Juventus and now Bayern have kept them on course to become European champions for a 13th time.
Real will answer that question when they meet the winner of tomorrow’s game between Liverpool and Roma.