Bayern Munich produced far more chances than visiting Real Madrid in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg in Germany, but lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Franck Ribery butchered an open shot at goal, Robert Lewandowski beat Keylor Navas but didn’t score late, and Thomas Mueller missed getting contact on a shot inside the six.
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It was that kind of day, and Mueller is baffled that his team did not finish more than Joshua Kimmich’s opener.
“Everybody is wondering why this game is 1-2 for Madrid,” Mueller reportedly said. “We still cannot believe it.”
The quote comes from BeIN Sport’s Tancredi Palmeri, who has a stinging rebuke from Real Madrid maestro Luka Modric.
Real wasn’t great on Wednesday, but also limited their big mistakes to one: Marcelo’s lapse of judgment which helped Kimmich to open the scoring for Bayern Munich.
The hosts had a huge giveaway from Rafinha on the match-winner, and backup backstop Sven Ulreich didn’t have a phenomenal day on either goal. Throw in Arjen Robben’s injury requiring an 8th minute substitution, and Bayern did not have much good fortune on the day.
This one, though, doesn’t seem over, even with the tie moving to the Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s done it again, because of course he did.
The Real Madrid megastar, 33, redirected a Luka Modric shot in the 87th minute to help Real to a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Wednesday in the club’s last match before the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern Munich.
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Real is three points behind Atletico Madrid, which visits Real Sociedad on Thursday, and 15 points behind still unbeaten Barcelona. The final Clasico of the season is May 6 at the Camp Nou.
Ronaldo continued his bounce back from a slow start to the La Liga season. After scoring only four times in his first 14 matches, CR7 has netted in eight-straight league matches and has 24 goals in total (Add in other competitions, and Ronaldo’s bagged 41 goals in 39 matches).
The list of players pursued by Spanish authorities crying tax fraud is starting to resemble a pretty good team,
Call it The Longest Yard: La Liga.
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Xabi Alonso is being accused of not paying taxes on his image rights while a player at Real Madrid, joining Radamel Falcao, Neymar, Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, and Cristiano Ronaldo as World XI-caliber players who’ve faced legal troubles in Spain.
Jose Mourinho even had to travel to Spain earlier this season to face accusations from a Spanish court. Those found guilty have found punishment other than jail time.
Alonso denies any wrongdoing, according to Sky Sports:
Prosecutors say he defrauded the Spanish state of £1.75m between 2010 and 2012 and called for the same sentence to be applied to Alonso’s financial advisor Ivan Zaldua Azcuenaga and the administrator of consultancy shell company, Ignasi Maestre Casanova.
MADRID (AP) Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who haven’t played in nearly three weeks because of injuries, are traveling to France with the rest of Real Madrid’s squad for the Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane included both midfielders in the list of 24 players who will be available to face PSG on Tuesday in Paris. The defending European champions won the first leg 3-1 at home last month.
Modric had been nursing a muscle injury and Kroos had a left knee problem. Neither has played since the first leg against PSG in Madrid on Feb. 14. Both practiced with the rest of the squad on Sunday, a day after Madrid’s 3-1 win over Getafe in the Spanish league.
Left back Marcelo, who missed two weeks because of a muscle injury, returned to action as a second-half substitute in the match against Getafe at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Zidane will be able count on the return of right back Dani Carvajal, who missed the first leg because of a suspension.
In the absence of Modric and Kroos, Zidane has rotated the midfield positions with Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio.
PSG will be without forward Neymar, who underwent surgery on his right foot on Saturday.
MADRID (AP) Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric of defrauding tax authorities of $1 million in 2013 and 2014.
Modric’s wife, Vadja, is also being accused of tax irregularities.
Prosecutors said Wednesday they were informed last month that Modric may have “financial positions” in the Isle of Man, and they were not known by tax authorities and could have affected the amount of taxes the player was supposed to pay in Spain.
The Croatia midfielder has been playing for Madrid since being signed from Tottenham in 2012.
The accusations against Modric came a day after Madrid left back Marcelo appeared in a Madrid court in another tax case. The Brazil international is being accused of defrauding authorities of $585,375 by using companies abroad to handle his earnings from image rights.
Other players have been targeted by Spanish authorities recently.
Last year, Lionel Messi and his father were found guilty on three counts of defrauding tax authorities of $4.8 million from income made from image rights.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao are among other players investigated by Spanish authorities.
Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, currently at Manchester United, also is being investigated.