On the night when two giants clashed, Bayern Munich started their game well as they placed early pressure on Real Madrid at Allianz Arena, Munich. After a steady 25 minutes into the game, Arturo Vidal gave Bayern the advantage with a header as Arjen Robben put the right side under immense pressure in the first half.
The pressure kept mounting as Bayern put strain on Real and on the stroke of half time Bayern received a penalty, with Vidal to take a victory shot. He however went from hero to villain as the ball was kicked off the cross bar, sending fans and teammates alike into hysteria. and got himself a yellow card later in the game.
Ronaldo managed to pull through as he does best two minutes into the second half by scoring the equalizer with a ball crossed into the box. This changed the dynamics of the game as Real began finding their rhythm and turned the pressure towards Bayern.
Bayern defender Javi Martinez received a yellow card and not long thereafter, another foul, which led him to being sent off the field. Real found loopholes in this one-man deficit but goal-keeper Manuel Neuer stayed in touch with Real to rescue Bayern.
After endless attacks from Real, Neuer experienced a shot too many as Ronaldo scored another goal, affirming his position as one of the best football players; a 2-1 lead for Real. This advantage makes the road to the easier for the defending UEFA Champions League victors. Although Neuer allowed those two goals to slip from his fingers, he saved ten of the twelve goals that were on target, proving his ability and accuracy as goal-keeper.
Although many people anticipated hostility between Bayern’s Ancelotti and Real’s Zidane, both managers kept composure and their players reflected their attitude on the field. The game was well-played with consistency and zeal, adding further excitement to the UEFA Champions League. To crown it all, Real not only sealed a comfortable defeat, but Ronaldo made history by being the first player to score 100 UEFA European competition goals.