Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Lots Of Long Passes

Let me explain the way play has gone so far in the second half. Real Madrid win the ball. Possession goes back to the defence or a deep-lying midfielder. They try a long aerial pass to Karim Benzema through the centre. Jerome Boateng cuts it out. Rinse and repeat.

Oh, but there's something new. On their fifth attempt of the young half, Madrid finally finds Benzema in space, although the ball sits up for him for a little too long and he can't get the shot away before Jerome Boateng comes in and blasts it away. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right?

Anyway, now that Madrid have found their passing range against this Bayern Munich defence, you'd expect some more chances, but the strikers aren't really doing very much with the ball when they do get it. Benzema's just managed to send a floating 30 mph cross straight into Manuel Neuer's arms from all of 18 yards. Really not sure what he was going for there, but I'm going to assume that wasn't it. Still 1-0 to Bayern here.

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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