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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Champions League, Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid

Bayern win sends Real crashing out of Europe
Roy Makaay scored the fastest-ever goal in the UEFA Champions League as FC Bayern München overturned Real Madrid CF's 3-2 first-leg advantage with a fine 2-1 victory at the Fußball Arena München to book a place in the quarter-finals. Ruud van Nistelrooy's penalty gave Real a late lifeline, but with the teams all square at 4-4 on aggregate Bayern prevailed on the away goals rule.

Mark van Bommel and Mahamadou Diarra were both dismissed before Ruud van Nistelrooy converted an 82nd-minute penalty, but it was only a consolation as Bayern held on to a 2-1 win, which was enough to take them through on away goals.

Bayern got a dream start at the Allianz Arena thanks to Bosnian midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic's quick reactions. Straight from the kick-off, Salihamidzic robbed Roberto Carlos of possession and supplied an inch-perfect pass for Dutch striker Makaay to side-foot past Real keeper Iker Casillas after just ten seconds.

There was more to come too as the home side went in search of a second. Roberto Carlos' poorly hit free-kick didn't make it further than the quick-thinking Makaay, who instantly sent Lukas Podolski racing into the Madrid half with the last defender already in his wake. The Germany international did not have the same composure as Makaay, though, and his weak effort was easy pickings for Casillas. Van Bommel was the next to cut apart the Real defence with a low ball to Makaay, but this time Casillas saved with his legs to keep the Spaniards in the game.

Capello switched Brazilian Emerson for Guti to add some spark in midfield and the Spanish international went close, but van Nistelrooy was too weak with a header moments later and Raul forced a save.

Podolski earned a yellow card for a stray tackle as the first-half finished 1-0, but Van Bommel stretched Casillas straight from the re-start. A superb save from Bayern captain Oliver Kahn denied van Nistelrooy after Raul floated over a well-timed cross.

But Bayern put the result beyond doubt in the 66th minute when Brazilian defender Lucio headed Willy Sagnol's corner past the diving Casillas.

There was still drama in the match as Robinho was brought down in the penalty area by Lucio with ten minutes left and van Nistelrooy drove his penalty past the diving Kahn.

Both sides went down to ten men when van Bommel and Mahamadou Diarra earned themselves red cards after squabbling in the build-up to the penalty which will now keep van Bommel out of the quarter-final.

Real defender Sergio Ramos netted late on, but to the relief of the home fans the goal was disallowed after he controlled the ball with his hand.

Bayern Munich: Kahn, Sagnol (Gorlitz 85), Lucio, Van Buyten, Lahm, Salihamidzic, Van Bommel, Hargreaves, Schweinsteiger, Makaay (Pizarro 69), Podolski (Demichelis 87).
Subs Not Used: Rensing, Scholl, Santa Cruz, Ottl

Sent Off: Van Bommel (81)

Booked: Van Bommel, Podolski

Goals: Makaay 1, Lucio 66

Real Madrid: Casillas, Miguel Torres, Sergio Ramos, Helguera, Roberto Carlos, Emerson (Guti 31), Gago (Robinho 75), Diarra, Raul, Higuain (Cassano 46), van Nistelrooy.
Subs Not Used: Diego Lopez, Salgado, Mejia, De la Red

Sent Off: Diarra (81)

Booked: Sergio Ramos, Guti, Diarra

Goals: van Nistelrooy 83 pen

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