Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Andrea Ranocchia Prevents Second Thomas Müller Goal

With another near miss from Bayern Munich we're coming close to being able to say Inter Milan is lucky to still be in this match. They are down two - a daunting task against a quality opponent - but with two golden chances missed by Bayern in the last six minutes, Inter could easily be down more. Yet after Andrea Ranocchia denied Thomas Müller in the 40th minute, the game remains 2-1, Bayern, the Bavarians up two on aggregate.

The change came as Mario Gomez drew Júlio César off his line to the right of goal, putting along the line, across the face of goal. Ranocchia and Müller were in a foot race to get to the ball, a contest that nearly ended in a tie. Ranocchia, however, got there quickly enough to get the first touch, putting it off the toe of Müller's boot and onto the post, where the ball end out into the six yard box. Inter cleared and was saved from going down three, a deficit that would effectively end their tournament.

Minutes later, Inter had their best chance since the third minute, with Wesley Sneijder putting a direct kick just over the bar from 20 yards out. Arjen Robben was given a chance at the other end just moments later, a lax Inter defense giving the winger a chance to the left of goal, eight yards out. The Dutch attacker put his shot into the side netting, outside César's near post.

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