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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.