Photo courtesy of Bavarian Football Works
By: Matt Lisoski
Real Madrid goes to their third straight Champions League Final and looking to go back to back to back after beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate. First off, let’s talk about what a game that was. As a soccer fan, the different types of emotions you felt while watching that game were unreal. Both teams wanted it so bad, and at so many points in this game, I had no idea which way the game was going to go. If the sport of soccer needed something to point to what the sport is, this was that game. On one side, Bayern’s goalie, Ulreich, made the biggest mistake of his career basically passing the ball into the net for Madrid. Then on the other side, Navas made 8 saves, many of which were nothing short of out of this world, and had the best game of his career.
However, it was not Navas, Marcelo or Benzema that won it for Madrid, it was Bayern giving it to them. As mentioned before, Ulreich completely bottles it. This is not the only reason they lost this tie. The mistakes at the back as a whole were detrimental and uncharacteristic of a veteran Bayern side. In the match at Bayern, Rafinha gives Real a goal after turning it over and giving Madrid an easy 2 on 1. Then, you look at the amount of chances Bayern missed. The score of this aggregate could and probably should have been 10-2 Bayern. Whether it is Ribery and Lewandowski in the first leg, or just about every attacker in the Bayern side in the second leg, Bayern just could not finish their abundant amount of chances. In my opinion, and really if you have eyes, it was clear that Bayern was the better side in both legs. However, costly mistakes and not putting away chances means Bayern will be watching the final at home wondering what could have been.
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