Real Madrid Vs. Bayern Munich, 2012 UEFA Champions League: Ribery Off For Muller

That was some neat defending by Pepe. Franck Ribery and David Alaba combine down the Bayern Munich left, but Pepe's able to read the key pass and clear the ball with a wonderful sliding challenge that actually sets Cristiano Ronaldo free. Ribery is forced to bring the Real Madrid star down, which turns out to be his last action of the match, as the winger is replaced by Thomas Muller.

The free kick, incidentally, is plucked out of the air by Manuel Neuer, which was a bit of a waste. Incredibly, not that many people saw it - UK TV provider ITV had for some staggeringly halfwitted reason opted to cut away to the news. Right then.

Back in the game, Phillipp Lahm saves the day for the visitors with a stunning tackle on Ronaldo right as he was about to pull the trigger and de-level this match. Lahm may have mess up badly for Real's second goal, but he's been phenomenal since.

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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