Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Live
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Live/ Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Live/ Bayern Munich Live/ Real Madrid Live/ Robert Lewandowski returns for Bayern Munich as they attempt to erase a 2-1 deficit and advance to the Champions League semifinals. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid kick off the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu today. It’s a complicated scenario on the particular set of results that Bayern need to advance past Los Blancos, but we know that they’re going to fight until the final whistle to achieve that result.
Ever since Jerome Boateng returned from his injury a couple of weeks ago and it looked like Bayern was returning to a full healthy squad, injuries have piled up. However, it’s beginning to look like Bayern will have a relatively healthy squad for the big match. Especially with the early reports that Mats Hummels and Boateng would be fit enough to participate in the big match.
Still, this isn’t a situation that Bayern saw themselves being in when the season started. A potential quarterfinal exit in the Champions League would be the Bavarians worst performance since the 2010-11 season when they were bounced in the Round of 16.
Bayern Munich suffered a shock defeat to Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie at the Allianz Arena a week ago, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a brace after Arturo Vidal had given the Bavarians an early lead. Sure, 2-1 is certainly a salvageable scoreline, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men will still need to turn in a brilliant performance at the Bernabéu on Tuesday if they’re to make it into the final four.
Only twice in the history of the Champions League has a first-leg home defeat been overturned, with Bayern having been on the receiving end of the most recent comeback win. They won 1-0 away to Inter Milan in 2011, only to lose the return leg 3-2. It’s certainly indicative of the magnitude of their task.
Real Madrid will certainly be without centre-backs Raphaël Varane and Pepe, with Nacho set to continue partnering Sergio Ramos at the heart of the defence. Bayern Munich’s biggest injury miss is Mats Hummels; like the suspended Javi Martínez, he’ll be watching from home. Robert Lewandowski missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, though is expected to return in time to feature here.
The Bernabeu will be rocking Tuesday night as Real Madrid look to defend their 2-1 lead over Bayern Munich. The Germans haven’t won at Madrid since 2001, but will see Robert Lewandowski return to the starting lineup.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET, and it will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If you can’t get to a TV, here’s a complete roundup of the available live stream options:
Real Madrid didn’t get where they are today – a record 11 European Cups – by playing tippy-tappy passing football with diminutive midfield dynamos dictating play.
This is the club of the ‘Galloping Major’ Ferenc Puskas, the ‘Blond Arrow’ Alfredo Di Stefano, thunder-thighs Roberto Carlos and the brutal natural wonders that are Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
But lately a player who doesn’t quite fit that DNA has been catching the eye and on Tuesday he will start against Bayern Munich as Madrid look to take another step towards doing what no team has done before and retain the Champions League.
Bayern Munich welcome back top scorer Robert Lewandowski for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg clash against Real Madrid on Tuesday (kick-off: 20:45 CEST/18:45 GMT).
The Poland captain missed the first leg at the Allianz Arena with a shoulder injury sustained in Bayern’s 4-1 Klassiker victory over Borussia Dortmund the Saturday before last, but he took part in training on Sunday and is expected to lead the line once again with Thomas Müller dropping to the bench.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti has drafted 30-year-old centre-back Nicolas Feldhahn from the reserves, with Javi Martinez suspended and Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels struggling with groin and ankle injuries respectively. Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba are likely to start at the heart of the Bavarian defence, though.
Holders Real Madrid will reach the UEFA Champions League semi-final provided they can protect a 2-1 lead against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Bundesliga leaders will arrive in the Spanish capital for the quarter-final first leg still reeling from the Cristiano Ronaldo double they surrendered at the Allianz Arena last Wednesday. However, Bayern could be boosted by the potential return of star striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed last week’s match through injury.
Speaking of star attackers, expect Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale to return for Los Blancos after manager Zinedine Zidane left them out of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon in La Liga.