Real Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich, 2012 UEFA Champions League: This Game Is Pretty Awesome

This is a really astonishing game of football. With the tie now level, it's Real Madrid who have to attack - they won't want this to go to extra time or penalties, and it's their turn to barely miss scoring a goal. Karim Benzema pushes into the penalty area and blasts a right footed shot towards the top corner from a highly acute angle, evading Cristiano Ronaldo's head (barely) and Manuel Neuer's left-hand post (also barely) in the process. That was a really pretty shot.

Elsewhere, we have a tale of two tackles in the Bayern Munich half. Phillipp Lahm, whose error was repsonsible for Real's second goal, puts in an absolutely delicious effort on Mesut Ozil which is both perfectly legal and sends the playmaker flying, and then Luiz Gustavo hacks him down later. He'll probably be booked for that when the ball next goes out of play.

Oh, and Bayern nearly score again! Mario Gomez breaks through the Real defence but appears to think he's offside, shooting softly against Iker Casillas' knees, and then a goalmouth scramble is thwarted when Xabi Alonso wipes out Franck Ribery in the box. That might have been a penalty and a booking, but not after Pepe conceded a spot kick so recently.

We have live coverage of the game in our Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid and Bayern Munich blog Bavarian Football Works.

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