The dream of matching Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan is all but over, with Bayern Munich’s bid to become the first back-to-back European Champions in 24 years dealt a near fatal blow in the first 20 minutes of today’s match at the Allianz, leaving Pep Guardiola’s side in need of five goals in 45 minutes. Thanks to 16th and 20th minute goals from Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid took an early 2-0 lead in Bavaria, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 50th career Champions League giving the Merengues a 3-0 (4-0, aggregate) lead over the soon-to-be former champions.
Both Ramos goals came via set pieces from the right corner, with the Spanish international — one of Real’s primary target on set pieces — left unmarked twice over course of four minutes. Finding a seem in Bayern’s zone on the first, Ramos headed home from the edge of the six-yard box to give the visitors a crucial away goal. On the 20th minute, Ramos completed his double, scoring from nearly the exact same spot after a flick from Pepe.
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Eleven minutes before halftime, Ronaldo added his record 15th goal of the competition, completing a counter attack that saw Gareth Bale play a square ball at the top of the area, leaving only a oncoming Manuel Neuer between Ronalso and an abandoned goal.
The only disappointing note for the guests was a 37th minute yellow card for Xabi Alonso for taking down Bastian Schweinsteiger. Carrying a yellow into the match, the veteran midfielder will now miss next month’s final in Lisbon.
Our partners at Soccerly have ongoing coverage of a match that will end with either a historic comeback or the disappointing end for the favorites. After 45 minutes, Real Madrid look one step closer to its coveted 10th title, with Bayern needing five goals to keep its title defense alive.