Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Bayern comes up short to Real Madrid despite James Rodriguez goal

Bayern comes up short to Real Madrid despite James Rodriguez goal

Real were first out the blocks in the second half, as Benzema capitalised on a bad mistake from Sven Ulreich to bag his second of the night and put Madrid back in control.

Bayern Munich suffered from a nightmarish déjà vu in Tuesday's second leg of its Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid.

Both teams had plenty of attacking intent, but it was Bayern that had more chances up through the half-hour mark.

Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus almost pulled off in the quarterfinals.

Tolisso's back-pass seemed to catch out Sven Ulreich, who allowed the ball to slip under him, leaving Benzema with a tap-in. Yeah, they didn't build off of this goal.

Cruelly, the goal would end up being the difference maker that keeps Bayern from advancing to the Champions League final. James stuck out his foot to almost convert right in front of goal after Robert Lewandowski's effort was blocked by Madrid goalie Keylor Navas, who was again brilliant. The German champions looked the better side over the two legs, but made too many costly errors.

Bayern were not killed off and Navas did well to save a powerful shot from David Alaba, which took a wicked deflection. Then down the other end Cristiano Ronaldo missed the target badly with his first chance of the game on a platter from Marcelo.

But Madrid fans had to endure a nervous wait for much of the second half after James Rodriguez found the back of the net for Munich in the 63rd minute.

Bayern finished the first half in the ascendancy but they could not find a way back in front as Tolisso curled a shot wide. In the 73rd minute, Rodriguez hammered a volley from straightaway center but the Madrid shotstopper was there to acrobatically push it away. Gareth Bale, on as a 72nd minute substitute, had an opportunity to seal the deal in the 86th minute, but he was beaten by Ulrich while one-on-one with the Bayern keeper.

Navas denied the Colombian and Mats Hummels headed wide from a corner in stoppage time, sealing Bayern's fifth consecutive Champions League exit to a Spanish side, and their third to Madrid in that time.

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