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Real Madrid

Benzema 19


20.45 CET

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Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: A huge roar follows the UEFA Champions League anthem. There is a spine-tingling atmosphere inside the ground now. We're all set for kick-off.
The teams exchange handshakes following the usual blast of the stirring UEFA Champions League anthem.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: 'Kings of Europe' reads the banner that has been unfurled above a giant Real Madrid team photo at the southern end of the ground. Here come the teams. A spectacular sight greets them.
The squads emerge to a cacophony of noise, with the home fans waving flags and displaying a colourful banner at one end.
The players are lining up in the tunnel, eagerly awaiting the call to stride out onto the Santiago Bernabéu turf.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Nessun Dorma reverberates around the stadium now while Madrid's fans stand, each one holding a white flag containing the club emblem. Bayern's supporters, meanwhile, are jumping in unison high up in the north stand.
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Madrid's overall record against German visitors is W20 D4 L2. Their only defeats in these matches both came at the hands of tonight’s opponents Bayern – the last coming in 2001 (details here), with the other a 4-2 second group stage encounter in February 2000.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Madrid and Bayern head back to the dressing-rooms for one final, and possibly crucial, team talk from their respective coaches. Kick-off in tonight's encounter between these two giants of European football is drawing ever closer.
Meanwhile, Bayern are undefeated in their last 10 UEFA Champions League away matches - their best such run in the competition.
Los Merengues have won their last seven UEFA Champions League home matches - they can win eight in a row for the first time since May 2000-April 2001.
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Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Both teams are now out on the pitch going through their pre-game workouts as the stadium steadily fills. Watch out for a special reception from the home fans as Madrid and Bayern line out for the UEFA Champions League anthem shortly.
Josep Guardiola (FC Bayern München) arrivesMadrid are unbeaten in 17 UEFA Champions League home matches, dating back to 27 April 2011 when Guardiola's Barcelona won 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of an eventual 3-1 aggregate semi-final defeat for the Merengues.
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Madrid had to overcome Bayern en route to their two most recent European Cup conquests, beating them by the same 3-2 aggregate score in the 2000 semi-finals and 2002 quarter-finals.
Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern München)Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer receives a warm welcome from the visiting fans as he goes through his pre-match warm-up. The German international - fit again following a calf complaint - may be in for a busy night with Cristiano Ronaldo, the tournament's 14-goal top scorer this season, returning for Madrid.
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Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: FC Bayern's fans are in situ and already rocking away to our right, at the end of the stadium they occupied during the 2010 UEFA Champions League final against FC Internazionale Milano and, more recently for the semi-final shootout win against tonight's hosts in 2012.
Bayern-Madrid 2012 clash recalled Ahead of FC Bayern München and Real Madrid's meeting in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, looks back on their encounter at the same stage of the 2011/12 competition.
Los Merengues will be looking to avoid a third successive UEFA Champions League semi-final defeat, all at the hands of German opposition – after having lost 4-3 on aggregate to Borussia Dortmund in last season’s tournament, and being eliminated by tonight’s opponents at this stage in 2011/12.
David Alaba (FC Bayern München)Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Manuel Neuer and David Alaba return for Bayern after both missed the weekend victory away to TSV Eintracht Braunschweig. Bastian Schweinsteiger - suspended for the second leg against Manchester United FC - lines up in midfield. Thiago Alcántara, Diego Contento and Xherdan Shaqiri are all injured.
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Two of tonight's dangermen will be familiar to their opponents - Arjen Robben registered 11 goals in 50 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2009, whilst Karim Benzema netted against Bayern in Olympique Lyonnais' 3-2 home reverse in the 2008/09 group stage.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Cristiano Ronaldo, meanwhile, returns to the side having shaken off knee and hamstring injuries. The fit again Marcelo is among the substitutes, with Fábio Coentrão starting at full back.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid CF)Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Real Madrid's Gareth Bale will be on the bench tonight with the attacker still feeling the effects of a stomach bug. Isco comes in in the Welsh international's stead.
Bayern München: Neuer, Dante, Rafinha, Boateng, Lahm, Ribéry, Robben, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Mandžukić SUBS: Zingerle, Raeder, Javi Martínez, Götze, Weiser, Müller, Pizarro.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Fábio Coentrão, Carvajal, Xabi Alonso, Modrić, Di María, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema SUBS: Diego López, Varane, Marcelo, Bale, Casemiro, Illarramendi, Morata.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Speaking about FC Bayern yesterday, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said, “They may be a nemesis for Madrid, but not for me.” The Italian tactician hasn’t lost in six games against the Bundesliga giants as a coach.
Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid CF)Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach: We need to work hard, stay compact in defence and take control of the game in order to show our quality. We are in an important semi-final and we are more driven than anyone to win this competition, which is an advantage and a great motivation for us, not an obsession.
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Cristiano Ronaldo's shirt (Real Madrid CF)Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Should he register his 50th UEFA Champions League goal in Real Madrid’s colours tonight, Cristiano Ronaldo will also set a new record for goals scored in a single campaign in the tournament. The Portuguese attacker holds a share of the current record of 14 goals.
The sides have met in five European Cup semi-finals with Bayern prevailing in 1976, 1987, 2001 and 2012; Madrid's sole win came in 2000.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: All week Madrid fans have been listening to, and reading the phrase, ‘Bestia negra’ or ‘Bête noir’ as journalists have debated Bayern’s visit. Tonight’s hosts will be hoping to exorcise the demons of four previous European Cup semi-final losses to the German side.
Bayern growing under Guardiola One step away from their third successive UEFA Champions League final, FC Bayern München's David Alaba and Toni Kroos reveal how Josep Guardiola has helped them grow as players as the team "keeps on improving".
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Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach: My stats at the Bernabéu were with another club at another time and in another situation. It has nothing to do with Bayern.
Josep Guardiola (FC Bayern München)Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Bayern coach Josep Guardiola never lost at this stadium as coach of FC Barcelona, winning five and drawing two of his seven encounters here in all competitions.

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Josep Guardiola (FC Bayern München)Josep Guardiola, Bayern coach: I'm always very happy to play a Champions League semi-final and come to Madrid with a team like Bayern. We need to play well and get a result. Madrid are always special, with this coach or another, with these players or with others. They are the toughest of opponents who are always lurking in the semi-finals.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Bayern trained across the city at Rayo Vallecano de Madrid’s stadium this morning. “A sunny day, good atmosphere and a lot of concentration,” read a tweet from the club during the session.
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Madrid have won the teams' last four meetings at the Santiago Bernabéu, whereas Bayern's last triumph came in 2001 when Giovane Elber put the only goal past Casillas in the first leg of the German side's eventual 3-1 aggregate semi-final success.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Along with the 4,000 visiting Bayern fans, around 150 journalists have made the trip from Germany to cover tonight’s game at the stadium.
Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München), Deniz Dogan & Ken Reichel (TSV Eintracht Braunschweig)Bayern won for the first time in four league fixtures when they prevailed 2-0 at TSV Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.
Bale fired by Madrid inspirations Five months after completing a "dream" move to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale reveals how memories of a past legend at the Santiago Bernabéu are inspiring him to fulfill his own ambitions.
Bale has recovered from the flu for tonight's match, but Cristiano Ronaldo, out with knee and hamstring problems since 2 April, was set to undergo a fitness test today. "If he is well he'll play, but if there is a risk of a relapse he won't," said Ancelotti.
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Gareth Bale (Real Madrid CF)Madrid have not played since 16 April, when a solo goal from Gareth Bale, his fifth strike in as many games, earned a 2-1 victory against FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final. It is the 19th time the Merengues have lifted the trophy.
Paul Bryan, (UEFAComPaulB), Santiago Bernabéu: Both of tonight’s teams are still hopeful of winning a treble of UEFA Champions League, domestic league and domestic cup competitions this season.
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Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid CF)Bayern, five-time winners, are seeking to become the first side to retain the title since AC Milan managed the feat in 1989 and 1990 with a team featuring Carlo Ancelotti, now Madrid coach.
Santiago BernabéuNine-time European Cup winners Real Madrid CF, aiming for their first final since 2002, meet defending champions FC Bayern München in the first leg of this intriguing UEFA Champions League semi-final encounter at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.

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Real Madrid


Casillas (GK)(C)
Fábio Coentrão
Xabi Alonso
Di María
Neuer (GK)
Lahm (C)


Diego López (GK)
Zingerle (GK)
Raeder (GK)
Javi Martínez
T. Müller


Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Josep Guardiola (ESP)

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Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

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UEFA Champions League


23 April 2014, 20:45 CET

Howard Webb


Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Darren Cann (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Child (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Anthony Taylor (ENG)

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