Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Chances At Both Ends

The free kick that resulted from Arjen Robben's foul on Cristiano Ronaldo ended up flicked goalwards by Karim Benzema, where Manuel Neuer was forced to punch clear under pressure from Sergio Ramos - one of those incidents that was uncomfortable but never looked much like a possible goal, if you know what I mean. Bayern eventually clear, only to lose the ball again when Robben decides to rake Fabio Coentrao with as many studs as possibly, earning himself a yellow card, much to his annoyance. Robben, it seems, appears to believe that one of the rules of the game is that Arjen Robben can't foul people, so that's nice.

Oh, and chances at both ends! Benzema retrieves a long ball in the corner, cuts inside his man, and with his options including a near post shot, a far post shot and a square pass to Ronaldo, blasts straight at Neuer for some reason, and the former Schalke goalkeeper is able to save and quickly distribute. That eventually leads to Mario Gomez getting free down the left channel, which forces Iker Casillas into a very impressive save from his first-time shot. Nice goalkeeping there. It's still 1-0 Bayern, and the halfway mark's getting close.

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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