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Bayern Munich Held to 2-2 Draw by Real Madrid in Champions League Semifinal First Leg

Munich, May 01, 2024, The Europe Today: In a thrilling encounter at the Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid battled to a captivating 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal clash. Despite goals from Leroy Sané and Harry Kane propelling Bayern into the lead, a late Vinicius Junior penalty salvaged a crucial away result for the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid, crowned recently as Spanish champions, seized the initiative midway through the first half when Toni Kroos delivered a precise pass to find Vinicius Junior, who clinically finished past Manuel Neuer to open the scoring against the run of play.

Undeterred, Bayern stormed back after halftime, with Leroy Sané restoring parity with a powerful strike at the near post. The German side then surged ahead just minutes later, courtesy of a Harry Kane penalty following a foul on Jamal Musiala in the box.

With Bayern eyeing a dream 2-1 victory, Real Madrid mounted a late surge, ultimately earning a penalty of their own when Min-jae Kim brought down Rodrygo in the box. Vinicius Junior made no mistake from the spot, completing his brace and securing a crucial away goal for Real.

Reflecting on the result, Bayern head coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged Real Madrid’s clinical finishing while emphasizing the imperative of securing victory in the return leg in Madrid.

For Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, the 2-2 draw represented a satisfactory outcome, considering the second leg advantage of playing at home.

Both teams now turn their focus to the decisive second leg, with Bayern seeking a victory in Madrid to secure their path to the final. Real Madrid, buoyed by Vinicius Junior’s brace, are poised for a spirited performance on home turf as they aim to advance to the prestigious final in London.

As the Champions League semifinal tie hangs in the balance, anticipation builds for the rematch at the Bernabeu, where both teams will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of glory on the European stage.