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Real Madrid and Bayern Munich Battle to 2-2 Draw in Champions League Semifinal First Leg

In an action-packed first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid played to a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena in Munich. The match saw goals, comebacks, and plenty of drama, but neither team emerged victorious, setting the stage for an exciting second leg next week.

Real Madrid opened the scoring midway through the first half, thanks to a well-executed play by Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos. Vinicius dragged Bayern defender Kim Min-Jae out of position, then darted behind him to give the visitors a 1-0 lead against the run of play.

Bayern responded with vigor in the second half, unleashing an offensive onslaught. Leroy Sané netted an equalizer with a powerful strike, ending a 185-day goal drought. Minutes later, Harry Kane put Bayern ahead from the penalty spot, following a dazzling dribble by Jamal Musiala. The Bavarian team continued to press for a third goal but was unable to find the net again.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, Kim Min-Jae fouled Rodrygo in the box, gifting Real Madrid a crucial penalty. Vinicius Junior calmly converted it, leveling the score at 2-2 and setting up a tantalizing second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Real Madrid, the 14-time European champions, head into next week’s rematch with an implicit advantage, playing at home and looking to secure yet another trip to the final. They may face Paris Saint-Germain or Borussia Dortmund in the final, with PSG’s Kylian Mbappé potentially on the horizon.

Despite being dethroned in Germany, Bayern Munich showed their resilience and determination, proving they are still a formidable force. The stage is now set for an exhilarating second leg as both teams vie for a spot in the Champions League final.

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