Things started with Bayern Munich dominating affairs against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie, but a red card for Javi Martinez and a second-half brace for Cristiano Ronaldo meant that Bayern fans went home disappointed after a 2-1 loss.
This match delivered on every bit of its promise as a high-level, technical game. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich put on a clinic of just how well two top-level teams can play, constantly countering each other with tactical shifts and surprising passing sequences. But for much of the match, it felt like Bayern held something of an edge, and they turned that edge into reality just 25 minutes in.
After an attacking sequence that saw Franck Ribery stonewalled by a quality headed clearance from Gareth Bale, the resulting corner saw Arturo Vidal working against Nacho in the penalty area. That’s a matchup that was only going to go one way, and it ended with Vidal unleashing an absolute cannon shot of a header past Keylor Navas and into the back of the net.