Liverpool battles Roma in Liverpool for the Champions League Semifinals title on Wednesday, The Champions League semifinals continue on Wednesday when Bayern Munich hosts Real Madrid in the first leg from Allianz Arena in Germany.
Here’s how you can watch the match, what’s on the line and our prediction:
When: Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. ET
What’s at stake?
An advantage ahead of the second leg next week. Bayern is hoping for a win and obviously not letting Real score, but a 3-1 win would be ideal if Real are to score. A draw with goals would feel like a defeat for the Germans. As for Real Madrid, it goes without saying a win would be perfect. But they’d take a draw with goals. Even losing 3-2, they’d feel good. A draw or better, and Real is the clear-cut favorite moving forward.
Bayern gets the narrow victory thanks to a header from Robert Lewandowski, but a crucial Gareth Bale away goal leaves the tie open entering the second leg.
Bayern Munich 2, Real Madrid 1.
Bayern Munich will be out for revenge when they host holders Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Real beat the Bundesliga giants at the quarter-final stage last season, wining 6-3 on aggregate, including a 2-1 victory in Munich. Cristiano Ronaldo was the inspiration for Real, scoring six times in both games.
Ronaldo is once again in free-scoring form in this competition, netting three times during the dramatic 4-3 aggregate win over Juventus in the last eight. However, Bayern are a different animal this year, with the squad revived under the watch of familiar manager Jupp Heynckes, who returned to replace Carlo Ancelotti back in October.