Madrid see off Bayern in controversial thriller to reach semis

Madrid see off Bayern in controversial thriller to reach semis

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will face Real Madrid for the eighth time in his illustrious career when he leads his team to the Bernabeu this week, looking to overturn a 2-1 aggregate deficit in the second leg of the Champions League quarter final.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane brought off Benzema and Isco for Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, while his Bayern counterpart threw on Douglas Costa for Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller for Xabi Alonso in an attempt to find a way back into the tie.

Ronaldo appeared to be in front of the defenders, and just offside, for his first goal in extra time. I think that the attacking actions of Bavaria, at least in one episode will be effective. The two goals of Cristiano were offside.

"We deserved more", said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who complained about the refereeing. "He scored five times in these two games, what else can I say?"

"We wanted to qualify and this gives us a lot of rage, that a match of such intensity can be decided by the referee".

The second-leg Champions League match between the Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is set to start at 7.45 pm local time and 2.45 am EST.

Bayern were offered a route back into the game early in the second half when Casemiro fouled Robben in the box.

Forward Robert Lewandowski, who is recovering from a right shoulder injury that ruled him out of the first leg, should be available for Bayern.

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Bayern began well, with Thiago Alcantara's close-range shot brilliantly blocked on the goal line by Marcelo.

Real Madrid struggled to find rhythm at a nervy Bernabeu before Ronaldo headed in Casemiro's precise cross.

A penalty from Lewandowski, an equaliser from Ronaldo and a shocking own goal from Ramos saw the tie level 3-3 on aggregate.

In the Champions League, the defending European champions haven't lost at home in 12 consecutive matches, winning nine of the last 10.

Ramos almost put the hosts ahead after the otherwise superb Manuel Neuer spilled a shot, but Jerome Boateng somehow blocked his effort on the line to keep his side in the tie.

But against a team with Bayern's firepower they can not make scoring their only aim, and striking the right balance between defence and attack will be crucial.

Security guards and Bayern fans got into a confrontation at the stands at halftime but the altercation ended quickly.

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