Bayern Munich face holders Real Madrid in the last four of the Champions League aiming to reach the final for the first time since 2013. Bayern booked their place in the semi-finals with a 2-1 aggregate success against Sevilla, while Real needed Cristiano Ronaldo’s last minute penalty to see off Juventus 4-3 overall.
The winners will face either Liverpool or Roma in the final in Kiev on May 26 and bookmakers believe that Real will prove too strong for Bayern over two legs in the semi-final.
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The newly crowned German champions, who had won their past two home games 6-0, needed to dig deep to see off the La Liga side in the quarter-finals. Sevilla defender Joaquin Correa, who was sent-off late in the game, hit the bar with a header, while midfielder Pablo Sarabia wasted a glorious first-half chance. Bayern also created chances, with Robert Lewandowski having a header pushed over the crossbar by goalkeeper David Soria and a brilliant block from Sevilla’s Jesus Navas denying Franck Ribery. It was the first time in 22 home Champions League matches that Bayern had failed to score.
Real, who have won the competition 12 times, reached the semi-finals by fighting off a remarkable Juventus comeback before Ronaldo scored a late penalty to send them through. This is the fourth time in the past seven tournaments that the two sides have met in the last four. Bayern triumphed in a penalty shoot-out in 2012, but in both 2014 and last year it was Los Blancos who prevailed. Ronaldo was the hero 12 months ago, scoring five times over the two legs in the 6-3 aggregate win, and he will need to be watched carefully this time around.
Real are aiming to become the first side since Bayern to win Europe’s top club competition three times in a row. The German club achieved the feat between 1974 and 1976 and they will be keen to stop Real in their tracks. The two sides have met on 24 previous occasions, with each winning 11 games and drawing the other two. Bayern have won nine and drawn one of their 12 previous meetings in Germany, a feat matched by Real in Spain, and there is likely to be little to choose between them when they meet again. The first legs will take place on April 24-25 and the second will be on May 1-2.
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