Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
A Cristiano Ronaldo double propelled Real Madrid to a massive 2-1 victory against 10-man Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
It was the home side that opened the scoring as an inviting Thiago Alcantara corner was headed home by Arturo Vidal, bullying past Nacho and thumping it beyond Costa Rican Keylor Navas in the 25th minute. The Chilean had a great chance to double the lead for Carlo Ancelloti’s side in the 40th minute, but couldn’t get his header on target after Arjen Robben dealt him with a clever cross from the left. The night got worse for Vidal as he skied a penalty over the crossbar close in added time. Frank Ribery unleashed a curler just beyond the penalty box striking Daniel Carvajal and the referee awarded a penalty. Replays showed that it was off the shoulder rather than the left arm.
Two minutes into the second half, Carvajal was involved in the play at the other end as his low cross found Cristiano Ronaldo in the box and the Portuguese tucked it into the bottom corner to level the score. Ronaldo doubled Madrid tally half in the 77th minute, as he guided home an early cross from Marco Asensio. It remained 1-2 at full-time and the German league leaders have a mountain to climb when they head to the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday (19th April).
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City
Antonie Griezmann’s penalty separated Atletico Madrid and Leicester City after the first-leg of the Champions League quarterfinal at the Vicente Calderon.
Koke was unlucky not put Diego Simione’s side ahead in the 5th minute as his powerful strike struck the woodwork. Twenty minutes later, Leicester City were caught on the counter on their left flank. Griezmann was impeded by Marc Albrighton and Atletico were awarded a penalty but replays did however reveal that contact was made outside the penalty box. The French forward struck it beautifully to Kasper Schmeichel’s right to give Atletico Madrid the lead. The scoreline remained the same as Atletico struggled to carve out clear-cut openings against a stubborn Leicester defence.
Given the opposition and the task at hand in the second-leg, Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare would happy with the outcome as the two sides clash again on Wednesday (19th April) at the King Power Stadium.