Bayern Munich Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Schweinsteiger Off For Müller

That away goal from Real Madrid has changed the whole complexion of the tie, and Bayern Munich are working furiously to reestablish their lead. They nearly managed it from a similar play to the one Madrid just scored from, with Arjen Robben squirming through the back line and cutting the ball back, but instead of meeting a friendly foot it was scrambled clear by the Madrid defence. The eventual corner didn't come to a whole lot.

And now here's an interesting change. Bastian Schweinsteiger, who, when fit, is Bayern's best player, is off and Thomas Müller is on in his place. Toni Kroos will presumably drop back into the pivot. It's an aggressive move from Bayern, although it may have been a forced one -- Schweinsteiger's injury history makes this one difficult to figure out.

Said move very nearly paid off immediately as Mario Gomez was released for a run on Iker Casillas' goal, but the big striker was thwarted when Casillas sprinted off his line and just about reached it ahead of him. We've had a strong reaction from Bayern, anyway, and it would be no surprise if they got another.

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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