Champions League: Bayern Munich missed out on a place in the Champions League final

FC Bayern Munich was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Munich a week ago, Bayern lost the second leg at Real Madrid 2-1. Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the final on June 1st in London.

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For a long time it looked like a victory for Bayern. In the 68th minute, coach Thomas Tuchel’s team took the lead through Alphonso Davies. But two quick goals from Real’s Joselu (88th and 90+1) turned the game around late on. Bavaria no longer had an answer to this. The hope of a repeat of the 2013 final has been dashed.

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Bayern started the game somewhat surprisingly with the young Aleksandar Pavlovic instead of Leon Goretzka. Serge Gnabry was preferred over Thomas Müller.

Real Madrid played more present and direct from the start. It was only thanks to some good actions from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer that the Spaniards didn’t take the lead in the 13th minute. Shortly before half-time he saved another shot from Vinícius Júnior.

FC Bayern, on the other hand, were hardly able to take advantage of their few chances and got a little stability in defense, especially thanks to Matthijs de Ligt, who got fit in time.

Joselu scores twice – Bayern loses the game late

Real also got into the game better in the second half. Vinícius in particular repeatedly created dangerous situations on the left side of the attack, which Neuer was ultimately able to save.

Nevertheless, it was Bayern who could celebrate in the 68th minute. Alphonso Davies took the somewhat surprising lead. Shortly afterwards the supposed equalizer came (72nd). However, according to video evidence, this was revoked because Real’s captain Nacho had previously grabbed Joshua Kimmich in the face with both hands and caused him to fall.

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A mistake by Neuer, who had been so strong until then, equalized shortly before the end: he let a harmless shot from Vinícius ricochet forward, and Joselu then converted to make it 1-1 (88th). When the score was 1-2 three minutes later, the game was over – De Ligt’s equalizer (90+13) shortly before the end was no longer counted because the game had already been whistled due to an alleged offside position.

Bayern’s first season without a title since 2012

De Ligt then found words of comfort for Neuer: “That can happen sometimes, that’s football too,” he said on DAZN. “I think we played a good game for 90 minutes, very mature and compact.” However, he was annoyed about the goal not being counted: “I can’t understand it. It’s not entirely clear, you have to let it play through.”

Bayern Munich ended the football season without a single title for the first time since 2012.

FC Bayern Munich was eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League. After a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Munich a week ago, Bayern lost the second leg at Real Madrid 2-1. Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the final on June 1st in London.

For a long time it looked like a victory for Bayern. In the 68th minute, coach Thomas Tuchel’s team took the lead through Alphonso Davies. But two quick goals from Real’s Joselu (88th and 90+1) turned the game around late on. Bavaria no longer had an answer to this. The hope of a repeat of the 2013 final has been dashed.

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