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Five things we learned from Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Marco Asensio came off the bench to score the winner as Real Madrid claimed a 2-1 first-leg lead over Bayern Munich in their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Here are five things we learned from the first leg at the Allianz Arena:

Real have measure of Bayern

Real Madrid have had the wood on Bayern in recent seasons and the Germans now need an unlikely comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu next week to turn the form book around.

Real Madrid edges Bayern for first leg victory

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Two of European Soccer's heavyweights squared off on Wednesday afternoon with the defending UEFA Champions League champs getting an early advantage in the two legged semifinal tie.

Real Madrid fought their way back for a 2-1 first leg win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Marco Asensio came off the bench at halftime to grab the winner for Los Blancos, while Marcelo also got on the scoresheet.

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: Your Running Commentary

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Liverpool seized a major advantage in Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal. On Wednesday, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will look to forge their own path the he tournament finale.

The two heavyweights collide in Germany on Wednesday in a clash of what is likely the competition's two remaining favorites(2:45 p.

Wednesday Kickoff: Arsene Wenger, Real Madrid after Kane and more

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Following the announcement that the legendary coach is stepping down, Arsenal remains the focus of the soccer world.

Arsene Wenger says stepping down from Arsenal was "not really my decision" while adding that Luis Enrique is a manager he enjoys following. (REPORT)

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Harry Kane is the club's main target this summer.

Champions League Semi-Final: Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid Preview

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Bayern Munich defender David Alaba will face a late fitness before the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena.

Alaba sat out Bayern's final training session on Tuesday with a thigh strain, but coach Jupp Heynckes says a decision will be made early on Wednesday as to whether he will be in the squad.

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal 1st leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the biggest teams in Europe clash on Wednesday night in the semifinal of the world’s biggest club soccer tournament.

Where to find Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semifinal 1st leg, you’ve come to the right place.

Two of the biggest teams in Europe clash on Wednesday night in the semifinal of the world’s biggest club soccer tournament.

Carlo Ancelotti not in Rome to negotiate with Italy national fold

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SBI Question of the Day: Who do you want to see win the UEFA Champions League?

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Just four team remain in Europe's premier club competition as the UEFA Champions League continues with first leg clashes on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The action kicks off on Tuesday as Liverpool hosts Roma before Wednesday brings Real Madrid's heavyweight clash with Bayern Munich. Both matches are loaded with storylines and matchups to watch, and each team has taken a unique road this far in the competition.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid travels to Bayern, Liverpool hosts Roma

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The UEFA Champions League is always good for some surprises or two along the way. Heavyweight clubs are expected to make a deep run in the competition, with some Cinderella sides looking to spoil the party.

The 2017-18 edition of the tournament moves to the semifinals this week as Bayern Munich faces off with Real Madrid in the mouth-watering draw, while Liverpool and AS Roma face off in the other after some huge wins in the last few rounds.

Record-breaking Heynckes chasing another treble

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes plans to down his ex-club Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg, and take the next step to leaving Bayern Munich with another treble.

Heynckes, 72, has already won the Champions League as head coach of both clubs.

He steered Real to the title in 1998, then Bayern in 2013, a season the Germans finished with a treble.

Record-breaking Heynckes chasing another treble

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Berlin (AFP) – Jupp Heynckes plans to down his ex-club Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final, first leg, and take the next step to leaving Bayern Munich with another treble.

Heynckes, 72, has already won the Champions League as head coach of both clubs.

He steered Real to the title in 1998, then Bayern in 2013, a season the Germans finished with a treble.

Unstoppable Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.

Unstoppable Ronaldo the sole survivor of Real’s ‘BBC’

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Madrid (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema were once the untouchable trio, but only one of Real Madrid’s feted “BBC” can be sure of their place against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has dragged Real into the Champions League semi-finals with, even by his standards, an astonishing goal glut that includes 22 in 12 games, and at least one in each of his last 11 matches in Europe.

James poised to show Zidane what Real are missing

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Berlin (AFP) – Having rebooted his stuttering career at Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez has the chance to show Real Madrid exactly what they are missing when the sides meet in their Champions League semi-final, first leg on Wednesday.

James has shone since quitting Real last July at the end of three often difficult seasons in Madrid for a two-year loan deal in Munich.

James poised to show Zidane what Real are missing

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Berlin (AFP) – Having rebooted his stuttering career at Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez has the chance to show Real Madrid exactly what they are missing when the sides meet in their Champions League semi-final, first leg on Wednesday.

James has shone since quitting Real last July at the end of three often difficult seasons in Madrid for a two-year loan deal in Munich.

Real Madrid to sell James to fund £100m deal with Manchester United for £200k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Real Madrid are planning to sell Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez this summer to fund a £100m deal with Manchester United for goalkeeper David De Gea.

James joined Bayern Munich on a two-season loan last summer and has impressed in his debut campaign at the Allianz-Arena, contributing 18 goals in 33 games in all competitions.

Underwhelming Real held to draw at home by Athletic Bilbao

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid may the favourites for the Champions League but a 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday will hardly have struck fear into Bayern Munich.

Zinedine Zidane’s side started complacently at the Santiago Bernabeu and ended frantically, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s 87th-minute equaliser cancelling out a delightful early chip from Athletic’s Inaki Williams in between.

James wary of Real’s Champions League ‘chip’

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Berlin (AFP) – They may sit third in the Spanish league, but when it comes to the Champions League holders Real Madrid simply engage a special ‘chip’, says James Rodriguez.

On loan at Bayern Munich, who host his ex-club Real in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final next Wednesday, James says the Spanish giants’ strength is knowing how to conjure up their best performances in Europe.

England’s top six among European powers set for Champions Cup

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Miami (AFP) – Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Roma and Liverpool plus English powers Manchester City and Manchester United will be among the European giants competing in this year’s International Champions Cup, it was announced Tuesday.

The 18-team, 27-match pre-season competition kicks off less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup in Russia.

Bayern’s Vidal out for rest of season: club

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal is out for the rest of the season, Bayern Munich announced Tuesday a day after confirming the Chile midfielder will miss next week’s crunch Champions League semi-final clash at home to holders Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old Vidal limped out of training with a knee injury on Sunday and underwent minor surgery on Monday.

Bayern’s Vidal out for rest of season: club

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Berlin (AFP) – Arturo Vidal is out for the rest of the season, Bayern Munich announced Tuesday a day after confirming the Chile midfielder will miss next week’s crunch Champions League semi-final clash at home to holders Real Madrid.

The 30-year-old Vidal limped out of training with a knee injury on Sunday and underwent minor surgery on Monday.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

I have no problem with Bale – Zidane

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane insists he has no problem with Gareth Bale despite substituting him at half-time during Real Madrid´s Champions League clash against Juventus last week.

Sources have told AFP that Bale was surprised and angry at Zidane´s decision to take him off at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real trailing 2-0 in a match they went on to lose 3-1.

Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.

Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.

Isco leads Real to Malaga win as Zidane rests Ronaldo and Bale

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were both rested and Real Madrid hardly broke sweat as they beat Malaga 2-1 on Sunday to climb to third in La Liga.

Isco scored one and set up another at La Rosaleda in a comfortable victory for a much-changed Real side, following Wednesday’s last-gasp Champions League win over Juventus.

Eye, eye! Bayern star Lewandowski sports a shiner

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski was a colourful sight on Bayern Munich’s bench on Saturday, sporting a black eye which he received in a bruising Champions League clash.

The Poland striker got the shiner in Wednesday’s goalless draw at home to Sevilla.

Lewandowski started Saturday’s home match at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on the bench with one eye on Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final at Bayer Leverkusen.

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Italy bosses confirm Ancelotti talks, insist no front-runner

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Milan (AFP) – Italian football federation (FIGC) chiefs on Tuesday confirmed talks had taken place with Carlo Ancelotti concerning the vacant Italy coaching job but insisted there was no front-runner yet.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with FIGC commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Ancelotti offered job of Italy coach: reports

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Milan (AFP) – Carlo Ancelotti is set to be given the job of reviving the fortunes of Italy’s national team, according to reports on Tuesday.

Ancelotti, who was sacked by Bayern Munich last September, met with Italian Football Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini and sub-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta in a Rome hotel on Monday, Corriere dello Sport reported.

Only as a team can Bayern stop Ronaldo – Boateng

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Berlin (AFP) – Jerome Boateng says only a defensive team effort can prevent Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his mind-blowing tally of nine goals in six games against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern host Real in a blockbuster Champions League semi-final, first-leg, at the Allianz Arena with Ronaldo in goal-scoring form.

Bayern-bound Kovac sees Frankfurt crash at Leverkusen

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – Niko Kovac insisted Eintracht Frankfurt won’t use his appointment as Bayern Munich coach next season as an excuse, despite their 4-1 thrashing at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Frankfurt’s plans for next season were thrown into chaos on Friday when Bundesliga champions Bayern confirmed Kovac, 46, will join them to replace Jupp Heynckes as coach in 2018/19.

Bayern Munich name Frankfurt’s Niko Kovac as next coach

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – German giants Bayern Munich on Friday named Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac as their new coach, succeeding Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season.

“Niko was a player at Bayern, he is very familiar with the people involved as well as the structure and the DNA of the club,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

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Pep Guardiola ‘convinced’ Manchester City can agree deal with Bayern Munich for £197k-per-week marksman

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According to Don Balon, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is ‘convinced’ the Sky Blues can lure Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to the Etihad Stadium this summer. The Polish international has an uncertain future at the Allianz Arena and could be the subject of a lucrative bid from City as a result.

Manchester United blow as Bayern Munich could agree deal for £75k-per-week star

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According to Don Balon, Manchester United have been dealt a major blow in their pursuit of Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti, with Bayern Munich having entered the race for his services and being determined to land his signature this summer.

United were tipped to trigger the French international’s £60m release clause at the end of the season as manager Jose Mourinho looked to strengthen his defensive options, but Bayern’s interest could throw a spanner in the works.

36-goal star open to summer move, agent already pursuing a deal with Chelsea

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Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski could be on the move this summer.

The 29-year-old striker is a target for Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City if recent reports are to be believed.

Apparently, the player’s representatives have sounded out the top European clubs about the availability of their client.

Guardiola hopes Manchester City complete £50m deal with Bayern for £97k-per-week dictator

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According to the Daily Mail, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping the club hierarchy complete a £50m deal with Bayern Munich for midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The 27-year-old has endured another injury-hit season at the Allianz Arena this season and could consider a move elsewhere as a result.

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Union sign a new defender, MLS Power Rankings, and Bayern Munich lose a key man for the season

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Monday Kickoff: Vidal doubtful for UCL semifinals, Dortmund coaching search continues and more

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While one German club received some bad news ahead of a Champions League semifinal, another continues to look ahead to next season.

Arturo Vidal is doubtful for the Champions League semifinals against Real Madrid after undergoing knee surgery. (REPORT)

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc did not rule out the idea of keeping Peter Stoger as coach going forward as the club has yet to confirm a coach for next season.