UEFA CL 2018- FC Bayern Munchen ready for Real Madrid reunion

Bayern have been eliminated by Spanish opponents in the last four seasons, including by semi-final opponents Real Madrid in 2016/17.

The most common fixture in European football, FC Bayern München take on Real Madrid CF for the 25th time – and the seventh in a European Cup semi-final.

• The teams met in last season’s quarter-finals and it was Madrid, en route to becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era and claiming a 12th European title overall, who came out on top. Zinédine Zidane’s side won 2-1 in Munich and then 4-2 in Madrid after extra time to progress to the last four.

• This is Madrid’s record eighth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final, while Bayern are in the last four for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Previous meetings

• This is the clubs’ fourth two-legged tie in seven seasons, Madrid winning two of those to Bayern’s one. Overall, the teams have played in 11 previous knockout contests – all in the European Cup – Madrid winning six and Bayern five; the German club lead 4-2 in semi-final ties.

• Madrid have won their last five matches against Bayern, scoring 13 goals and conceding four.

• Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals in his last three appearances against Bayern – and nine in six matches overall.

• In last season’s quarter-finals, Bayern – then coached by Carlo Ancelotti, who had led Madrid to the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League – struck first in the home first leg through Arturo Vidal (25), who then missed a golden opportunity to double the advantage when he failed to convert a penalty in added time at the end of the first half. Ronaldo levelled two minutes into the second period and, after Bayern’s Javi Martínez had been sent off for a second bookable offence (61), secured victory with his second of the night 13 minutes from time.

• The teams at the Fußball Arena München on 12 April 2017 were:
Bayern: Neuer, Lahm, Javi Martínez, Boateng, Alaba, Thiago, Xabi Alonso (Bernat 64), Ribéry (Douglas Costa 66), Robben, Vidal, Müller (Coman 81).
Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modrić (Kovačić 90+1), Kroos, Bale (Asensio 59), Benzema (James Rodríguez 83), Ronaldo.

• At the Santiago Bernabéu, Robert Lewandowski’s penalty put Bayern in front (53) and, though Ronaldo restored Madrid’s aggregate lead in the 76th minute, two minutes later a Sergio Ramos own goal sent the tie into extra time. Bayern played that extra period with ten men after Vidal’s 84th-minute dismissal, and were made to pay as Ronaldo scored twice more to complete his hat-trick, Marco Asensio completing a 6-3 aggregate victory for Zidane’s side.

• Madrid – then coached by Ancelotti – were 5-0 aggregate victors in the 2013/14 semi-finals, en route to lifting the trophy for a tenth time. Karim Benzema (19) got the only goal of the first leg in Spain against Josep Guardiola’s Bayern, before Ramos (16, 20) and Ronaldo (34, 90) scored twice apiece in Munich to inflict what remains Bayern’s heaviest European home defeat.

• Current Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane notched the decisive goal against Bayern in the 2003/04 round of 16, in a 1-0 second-leg win in Madrid; the first game in Munich finished 1-1.

• The clubs met in three successive UEFA Champions League campaigns between 2000 and 2002, with the winners going on to lift the trophy on each occasion. Madrid held sway in the 1999/2000 semi-finals (2-0 h, 1-2 a) and the 2001/02 quarter-finals (1-2 a, 2-0 h), Zidane playing both legs of the latter tie; Bayern were victorious in the 2000/01 semi-finals (1-0 a, 2-1 h). Bayern were superior to Madrid in the 1999/2000 second group stage, winning 4-2 in Madrid and 4-1 in Munich.

Match background

Bayern

• Bayern are appearing in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the 11th time, level with FC Barcelona and fewer only than Madrid, who are in the last four for the 13th time.

• Bayern’s European Cup semi-final record is W10 L8:
1973/74 Újpest FC W 4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)
1974/75 AS Saint-Étienne W 2-0 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1975/76 Real Madrid CF W 3-1 (1-1 a, 2-0 h)
1980/81 Liverpool FC D 1-1, lost on away goals (0-0 a, 1-1 h)
1981/82 PFC CSKA Sofia W 7-4 (3-4 a, 4-0 h)
1986/87 Real Madrid CF W 4-2 (4-1 h, 0-1 a)
1989/90 AC Milan D 2-2, lost on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h)
1990/91 FK Crvena zvezda L 3-4 (1-2 h, 2-2 a)
1994/95 AFC Ajax L 2-5 (0-0 h, 2-5 a)
1998/99 FC Dynamo Kyiv W 4-3 (3-3 a, 1-0 h)
1999/2000 Real Madrid CF L 2-3 (0-2 a, 2-1 h)
2000/01 Real Madrid CF W 3-1 (1-0 a, 2-1 h)
2009/10 Olympique Lyonnais W 4-0 (1-0 h, 3-0 a)
2011/12 Real Madrid CF D 3-3, won 3-1 on penalties (2-1 h, 1-2 a)
2012/13 FC Barcelona W 7-0 (4-0 h, 3-0 a)
2013/14 Real Madrid CF L 0-5 (0-1 a, 0-4 h)
2014/15 FC Barcelona L 3-5 (0-3 a, 3-2 h)
2015/16 Club Atlético de Madrid D 2-2, lost on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h)

• Bayern have lost their last three semi-finals, having won the previous four.

Real Madrid

• This is Madrid’s 29th European Cup semi-final overall, with the record W15 L13. They have won just three of their last eight semi-final ties.

• The full breakdown of those 28 ties is:
1955/56 AC Milan W 5-4 (4-2 h, 1-2 a)
1956/57 Manchester United FC W 5-3 (3-1 h, 2-2 a)
1957/58 Vasas SC W 4-2 (4-0 h, 0-2 a)
1958/59 Club Atlético de Madrid W 2-1 replay (2-1 h, 0-1 a)
1959/60 FC Barcelona W 6-2 (3-1 h, 3-1 a)
1961/62 R. Standard de Liège W 6-0 (4-0 h, 2-0 a)
1963/64 FC Zürich W 8-1 (2-1 a, 6-0 h)
1965/66 FC Internazionale Milano W 2-1 (1-0 h, 1-1 a)
1967/68 Manchester United FC L 3-4 (0-1 a, 3-3 h)
1972 73 AFC Ajax L 1-3 (1-2 a, 0-1 h)
1975/76 FC Bayern München L 1-3 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
1979/80 Hamburger SV L 3-5 (2-0 h, 1-5 a)
1980/81 FC Internazionale Milano W 2-1 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
1986/87 FC Bayern München L 2-4 (1-4 a, 1-0 h)
1987/88 PSV Eindhoven L 1-1 away goals (1-1 h, 0-0 a)
1988/89 AC Milan L 1-6 (1-1 h, 0-5 a)
1997/98 Borussia Dortmund W 2-0 (2-0 h, 0-0 a)
1999/00 FC Bayern München W 3-2 (2-0 h, 1-2 a)
2000/01 FC Bayern München L 1-3 (0-1 h, 1-2 a)
2001/02 FC Barcelona W 3-1 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
2002/03 Juventus L 3-4 (2-1 h, 1-3 a)
2010/11 FC Barcelona L 1-3 (0-2 h, 1-1 a)
2011/12 FC Bayern München, L 1-3 on penalties (1-2 a, 2-1 h)
2012/13 Borussia Dortmund L 3-4 (1-4 a, 2-0 h)
2013/14 FC Bayern München W 5-0 (1-0 h, 4-0 a)
2014/15 Juventus L 2-3 (1-2 a, 1-1 h)
2015/16 Manchester City FC W 1-0 (0-0 a, 1-0 h)
2016/17 Club Atlético de Madrid W 4-2 (3-0 h, 1-2 a)

• Madrid have won their last two semi-final ties, having lost five of the previous six.

Coach and player links

• Heynckes coached Real Madrid in 1997/98, leading the club to their seventh European Cup – and their first since 1966.

• Heynckes also had spells in charge of Spanish sides Athletic Club (1992–94, 2001–03) and CD Tenerife (1995–97). As a coach, his record against Madrid is W5 D4 L7.

• Heynckes scored both goals for West Germany in a 2-1 friendly win against Spain on 24 November 1973.

• James Rodríguez is in the first year of a two-season loan at Bayern from Madrid. The Colombian made 77 Liga appearances for Madrid between 2014 and 2017, scoring 28 times.

• Arjen Robben played for Real Madrid between 2007 and 2009, making 50 Liga outings, scoring 11 goals.

• Toni Kroos played 130 Bundesliga games for Bayern between 2007 and 2014, claiming 13 goals.

• Vidal notched Juve’s opening goal from the penalty spot in a 2-2 group stage draw with Madrid in 2013/14. Benzema was on target in Olympique Lyonnais’ 3-2 home loss to Bayern in the 2008/09 group stage.

• Have also played in Spain:
Javi Martínez, Athletic Club (2006–12 – W1 L13 v Madrid with Athletic and Bayern)
Juan Bernat, Valencia CF (2011–14 – D1 L2 v Madrid)
Thiago Alcántara, FC Barcelona (2009–13 – W1 D3 L3 v Madrid)

• Have also played in Germany:
Dani Carvajal, Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2012/13 – W1 L2 v Bayern)
Jesús Vallejo, Eintracht Frankfurt (2016/17 – D1 v Bayern)
Borja Mayoral, VfL Wolfsburg (2016/17 – L2 v Bayern)

• International team-mates:
Javi Martínez, Thiago Alcántara, Juan Bernat & Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Isco, Lucas Vázquez (Spain)
Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Jérôme Boateng, Thomas Müller & Toni Kroos (Germany)
Kingsley Coman, Corentin Tolisso & Raphaël Varane, Karim Benzema (France)

Credit: @UEFA

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