Last exit Munich

The players of FC Bayern Munich revelled in the playful celebrations in front of the fan corner at Allianz Arena. The principal participants were themselves elated with their performance on this magic night in the Champions League, and the large army of their supporters also savoured the joy. Their ultimate goal to reach the final of the Champions League at their home stadium on May 19, had come a step closer. The 2-1 (1-0) victory over Real Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final on April 17 gave the German record-winning champions new impetus, new confidence and high recognition. His team had shown “passion, greed and hunger for success”, said coach Jupp Heynckes after his players had inflicted the first defeat of the 2011-12 Champions League campaign on the leaders of the Spanish Primera Division.

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There was much jubilation at FC Bayern Munich when Mario Gomez scored to make it 2-1 against Madrid. The scorer throws his fists in the air. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)

“From my point of view we deserved to win. It characterises the way my team never give up and sometimes enforce victory”, Heynckes commented after the “last minute win”. Mario Gomez scored the winner in the 90th minute, his twelfth goal in the current Champions League season. The 66,000 spectators in the stadium and millions of Bayern fans in front of their TV sets rejoiced with the Bavarians. For them, but even more so for the team, the victory was balm for the soul. For on the previous weekend it had become a certainty that FC Bayern are no longer domestic title hunters.

After the 1-0 defeat at Borussia Dortmund, seven days prior to the win over Madrid, the third-last Bundesliga round established that Dortmund will successfully defend the German title. The Bavarians could only manage a goalless draw with Mainz 05. However, on the evening of success over Real the fact that the record-winning champions won’t win the title for the second successive year, was pushed to the background.

The dream of the final in Munich on May 19

It is not yet certain, the dream of playing the final on May 19 has not yet become a reality, the last exit road to Munich is not yet completely free. In the second leg on April 25 at the Bernabeu Stadium, Real must again be shown their limits. But the goal machine of the Spaniards, who have scored 107 goals in their 33 matches in the Spanish championship, will pull out every stop to ensure that it is they who will return to Munich on that Saturday, May 19, to play the final against either FC Barcelona or Chelsea FC. The Bavarians, however, have other plans. The final second step in the Spanish capital can be achieved with controlled attacking play.

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Franck Ribéry (left) scores to make it 1-0 for FC Bayern Munich against Real Madrid. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas fails to parry the powerful shot. (Photo: GES/Augenklick)


Real were contained in Munich. The brilliance of Franck Ribéry brought the first goal for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. While the Bavarians attacked, the German international Mesut Oezil scored the equaliser (53rd  min) after an assist from Cristiano Ronaldo, who overall had a poor game. After an extremely thrilling encounter Gomez wrote the final word for Munich by side-footing the winning goal for 2-1. Real coach Jose Mourinho thought a draw would have been fairer, and his team had almost achieved that. But at home matches in Munich, Bayern wins against the “Royals” have a long tradition. It was their ninth win in 10 encounters with Madrid (plus one draw).

“I really like the result”, said captain Philipp Lahm, who had crossed the ball for the winning goal. “We wanted a battle for 90 minutes, and that’s what we achieved”. Gomez didn’t consider the result completely positive. “It’s a dangerous result as a 1-0 win in the second leg will be sufficient for Real. But the final is not just a dream, we believe in it”.

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A moment of utter disappointment during the 1-0 defeat in Dortmund: The Bavarians hold their heads in their hands as Arjen Robben misses from a penalty rebound. (Photo: Firo/Augenklick)


The Madrilens will face tough tests in the Primera Division before the return game with Munich, for they face the “Clasico” against their arch rivals FC Barcelona in the possibly decisive match for the championship title. It is hardly comparable but Bayern will certainly have an easier task against Werder Bremen. It has already been established in the Bundesliga that they will finish runner up and consequently will once again play in the Champions League in the 2012-13 season. But the Bavarians, who will also meet Dortmund in the German “Clasico”, the DFB Cup final in Berlin on May 12, want more. They want to participate in the next Champions League season as title holders. Their opponents, Real Madrid, have the same aim, however. “I think that we will win the second leg. We are always a bit stronger at home”, said Oezil, and added: “We shall see each other again in Munich.”