The more the clock creeps toward the 90-minute mark, the more this feels a lot like the second leg between Chelsea and Barcelona in the semifinals. I'm sorry to keep bringing it up, but the comparisons are obvious. Bayern are controlling the play, Chelsea are occasionally looking dangerous on the counter. Bayern are generating chances but failing to finish their chances.
Bayern finally appeared to score in the 54th minute, but Franck Ribery's rebound finish was ruled offside by the linesman. It was the right call, as Ribery was a step offside and Kroos probably should have done better with the initial shot. Still, it was a moment of joy for Bayern supporters that quickly evaporated.
It may not have been a goal, but it was a clear warning to Chelsea that Bayern are getting closer and closer to breaking down their stubborn defensive setup. The tension is building in Munich, my typing is getting worse. Surely a goal is coming soon?
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