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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Edge Out Bayern Munich In Second Semi-Final

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| April 26 , 2018 , 11:43 IST

Defending Champions Real Madrid managed to just edge out Bayern Munich in the first leg of semi-final match of UEFA Champions League on Wednesday in Germany. The match at the Allianz Arena ended with a scoreline of 2-1.

Real, eyeing a third straight title, needed a 44th-minute equaliser by Marcelo against the run of play to cancel out Joshua Kimmich’s opener after Bayern, chasing three trophies this season, had missed a hatful of chances.

A quick break allowed Real substitute Marco Asensio to beat Sven Ulreich with a fine effort and grab the winner in the 57th minute.

“We are satisfied with the result but this does not count for much,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters. “You can never feel absolutely safe in football.

“We won tonight and I think we played well, we got a good result after a hard game.”

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The Spanish side, who have had a disappointing domestic campaign, then caught the Germans napping after a defensive blunder as Asensio raced clear to score their second goal.

“It was a curious game,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. “We gifted Madrid two goals through our mistakes. We had really good chances and we did not use them. One should not be surprised that we lost.

“When you have that many chances and you don’t score then you cannot win.”

The return leg will be played at Real Madrid’s home stadium in Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on May 1.