Actual Madrid surprises Bayern Munich in Champions League

In today's Champions League 2014 first leg semifinals, Spanish Football's La Liga hosts Real Madrid defeated German Football's Bundesliga visitors Bayern Munich 1-0, on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid, playing a 4-4-2, having a clearly not-match-ready Cristiano Ronaldo, and benching the still-recovering-from-the-flu Gareth Bale, were outplayed from the visitors the complete first half. Bayern maintained 72% of possession, beating Real to divided balls and pressing them on his or her half of the pitch.
But Madrid seemed around the task of stopping Bayern and the middle was so well defended by Isco, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Angel di Maria, and the Real defense, that this wings seemed the only option for the Munich team. Ironically, Arjen Robben, perhaps their utmost offensive weapon, found himself double-teamed every time he became Bayern's wide offensive outlet. Time after time the Madrid defense stopped Bayern--sometimes cold, other tines with last gasp lunges or blocks, but never requiring an actual save from goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Thus went the 1st 18 minutes.
Then came part a couple of Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti's strategy. The counter, a Madrid specialty since Jose Mourinho's days, was in full gear and on the 19th minute Fabio Coentrao found Ronaldo at about the midfield line. The striker, unable to do his usual sprints received, held and after that delivered a perfect lead pass to his Portuguese teammate around the left wing. Coentrao's cross found Karim Benzema open with the far post for the easy set aside. The resulting score line, Real 1, Bayern 0, was truly up against the run of play.
But then the goal inspired Real and in the 25:46 mark another counter saw Ronaldo the people receiving a bouncing cross from Benzema, here just about the penalty spot, and also the Portuguese star miss-hit it on the crossbar every time a simple downward touch might have ensured the next score.
At the 40:29 minute mark di Maria was the recipient of the final spread another nice counter but he sent the ball skyward from very close range along with only Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer to beat.
It was clear by half-time that Ancelotti had played all his pieces well while Bayern coach, Pep Guardiola, had assumed his superior forces would simply arrive and carry the day. Real's formation must have been a surprise as was Ronaldo's go out onto the pitch.
As the next half began what each coach could do today to out-fox the opposite seemed the question to answer, players had already shown they can follow each leader's directions to your tee.
The first chess move was Ancelotti's as he substituted Gareth Bale for Ronaldo to wide applause. Then Guardiola countered bringing in offensive players for midfielders and taking Frank Ribbery out. The gamble, adding a lot of attacking players rescued Bayern from an impending Real possession get back. And it also provide Bayern with many different more scoring opportunities.
At the 83rd minute Bayern's golden chance came. Mario Goetze was open inside box, just to the right of goal contributing to two yards outside the goalie's box, and took a place blank shot at goal going to certainly left. But the best keeper in the world, the individual that always reacts so fast even when not contacted all game long, made the save and kept the score line intact to the Real Madrid win.
It might have been too little for Madrid. Bayern is unquestionably worth two goals in the home. But Ancelotti is depending on both of his stars being healthy and ready longer play in the next leg in Munich. It should be a casino game worthy of a championship final instead of a semifinal.

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