Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Mesut Ozil Makes It 1-1

Well that was odd. Real Madrid have got their away goal and are level, but goodness that goal was a mess. Bastian Schweinsteiger lost out to Xabi Alonso at the top of Iker Casillas' penalty box, and the visitors were able to unleash one of their trademark counterattacks when the midfielder fed Angel di Maria down the centre. The winger passed to Karim Benzema, who drew Bayern Munich's defenders away before slipping in Cristiano Ronaldo for a free run on goal.

At this point all seems normal. You'd expect Ronaldo to score from six yards, even against Manuel Neuer. Instead, however, he blasted straight at the goalkeeper's knees, and the chance seemed to have vanished because red shirts were back in force. In a hugely lucky break for Madrid, the rebound went straight to Benzema, who was able to skip around the defence and square back across the goal, with Ronaldo getting to the ball just before it went over the byline, and his cutback bounced off Mesut Ozil and in. Not the prettiest goal you'll see, but it's 1-1 and so Madrid won't care much.

In the aftermath, both Alonso and Fabio Coentrao are booked as they prevent the hosts from breaking up the pitch with a pair of rather cynical challenges. That's a wee bit exuberant.

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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