Real Madrid make evaluation futile within the Champions League. Whether or not they carry out poorly or properly, there’s one fixed: they win. On Wednesday, Los Blancos performed with hearth as soon as once more and, as traditional, it was the opposite staff that acquired burnt.
Bayern Munich may have fancied their possibilities after watching Juventus rating three on the Santiago Bernabeu within the quarter-ultimate second recreation as Zinedine Zidane’s aspect threw away a three-zero first-leg lead and prevailed thanks to a contentious penalty transformed by Cristiano Ronaldo in added time.
On this match, not often, the Portuguese didn’t rating, his second-half volley dominated out after it was adjudged (appropriately) that he had used his arm earlier than firing house. It was the primary time he had failed to convert within the Champions League since final season’s semi-last second leg towards Atletico.
But the outcome was the identical. Real Madrid discovered a way. Even after going behind to a Joshua Kimmich drive when Marcelo was inexplicably out of place after retrieving a ball behind the goal, even though there are quite a few footballs utilized in prime video games nowadays, and Keylor Navas taking place far too early when he might have saved fairly comfortably had he stayed on his ft.
Marcelo, earmarked by Bayern as considered one of Madrid’s key males, equalised for Real with a sensible volley utterly towards the run of play earlier than the break, and substitute Marco Asensio scored a second for Los Blancos within the second half. Zidane’s aspect, a workforce of moments, had finished it once more.
That left the Bavarians crushed by Madrid for the sixth time in a row and they’ll marvel why and the way. To place it merely: Bayern have been unable to take their possibilities, whereas Madrid buried theirs. And at this degree, that’s key.
This was a one hundred and fiftieth European Cup win for Los Blancos in a competitors they contemplate their very own. And understandably so as a result of they’ve gained it 12 occasions, together with three of the previous 4 editions.
Final season, Zidane’s aspect beat Bayern within the quarter-finals, though they wanted additional time on the Santiago Bernabeu to make it by way of regardless of profitable 2-1 away – simply as they’ve this time – in Germany.
Jupp Heynckes’ aspect will assume they did sufficient to win the sport and actually, they did. Bayern created 17 possibilities in all to Madrid’s seven and their xG (anticipated objectives) benefit of 1.seventy five was the most important of a workforce to lose a match on this yr’s Champions League.
That stat devised by Opta appears at possibilities created and provides a variety of anticipated objectives to both sides. Bayern’s on Wednesday was 2.forty eight, whereas Real’s was solely zero.seventy three. But these numbers have been definitely not mirrored by the outcome.
Not that Madrid will care. They’re masters at this and can now be favourites to go on and advance to the ultimate of the competitors for a third yr in a row and a fifth time in six seasons.
Did they play nicely? Not likely. But even with out a Ronaldo goal, they discovered a way to win. In Europe, they virtually always do.