Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Bayern Threatening On The Counter

So, it's back to Real Madrid pressuring Bayern Munich, only now the hosts have a 1-0 lead that Real will have to try to break down. They nearly manage it by accident when a very long pass from Pepe causes mass confusion in the home defence, with Manuel Neuer forced to punch clear and falling over in the process. No white shirts are around to take advantage.

Real haven't really threatened since that early chance from Karim Benzema, and it's the home side that looks the more dangerous during their rare forays forwards. If Bayern can play on the counterattack, they can almost certainly win this, and that would make the second leg very, very interesting. Meanwhile, Howard Webb manages to screw the hosts out of a corner, which is probably part of some giant conspiracy to empower Madrid or something.

We have live coverage of the game in our Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Bayern Munich blog Bavarian Football Works and Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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