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Madrid were missing that second goal

AS AS 24/04/2014 Alfredo Relaño

Madrid go to Munich with a deserved advantage, which could have been greater. It isn’t a big advantage, but an advantage it is. It could count against a Bayern side who, effectively, looked soft, in comparison to many memories, many nightmares, in which the Madrid fans forgot their name. We can give Beckenbauer some credit: the side touch and touch the ball, but they don’t create many chances and don’t shoot from distance. Maybe it is early to say it, there’s still 90 very long minutes to play in Munich, but this side don’t give off the kind of ferocity like older sides did. And Madrid go there with the support of a goal.

And all this in a game that started with a stunned Bernabéu. Bayern dominated the pitch, and possession, and Madrid backed away, scared and bewildered. They won the ball as they could; they tried to get out but didn’t get past the first pressing line. But this Bayern insistence only resulted in corners, with Pepe and co winning all of the aerial challenges. Robben threatened somewhat down the right, Ribery (who came into the game following a dip) offered nothing down the left. Bayern squeezed, but Madrid launched a counter that resulted in a goal. Then others, which might have also been goals. It was strange that the score at the break was only 1-0.

Madrid are the only side that despite being far from the opposition’s box, they’re close to goal. Guardiola said it: everyone they sign, can run. This counter attack is one of the good things Mourinho brought, the compensation for so many bad things. Bayern dominated and produced corners. Madrid were dominated and produced exciting openings. Only within touching distance of the final whistle, with substitutes that helped them improved, did Bayern scare. We saw Casillas keep out a Götze effort. This final part of the game suggested what we can expect in Munich. But Casillas and the counterattack will also be there, too.

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