Bayern Munich Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: Ribery Begs For Imaginary Penalty

Another penalty shout from Franck Ribery, and just like the first one, it was complete nonsense. The winger did brilliantly to get behind the Real Madrid defence, who looked utterly baffled as he flicked the ball over his shoulder and raced around them, but then he cut the ball back instead of shooting, and Fábio Coentrão eventually cleared via a deflection off Pepe. Ribery wants a handball call on Pepe, and he's furious about it, a situation made much more amusing by the fact that Coentrão's kick hit the centre back square in the chest. Never, ever a penalty.

Here's Madrid's last roll of the dice -- Gonzalo Higuaín for Karim Benzema. That's a straight swap, with no interesting tactical changes. Presumably Jose Mourinho just wants fresh legs against a tired Bayern Munich defence now.

Do Bayern have a response? They've looked like they're more than capable of scoring again this half, and Mario Gomez, again, has just squandered a clear-cut chance when he rose above his marker and glanced a Toni Kroos shot straight into the arms of Iker Casillas. It's just not his day. Still 1-1 here, with not much time to go.

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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