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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

real madrid bayern munich Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League Semi Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

After yesterday’s tense defensive match between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, today’s UEFA Champions League encounter promises to be far more entertaining with Real Madrid facing up against Bayern Munich.

For viewers in the United States, Gus Johnson will be the announcer alongside co-commentator Eric Wynalda. In the studio, it’ll be Rob Stone, Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Mikael Silvestre.

Today’s TV/Internet schedule for viewers in the United States is:

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, 2:45pm ET, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema

Subs: Diego López, Varane, Bale, Marcelo, Casemiro, Morata, Illarra.

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Alaba; Ribéry, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos, Robben; Mandzukić.

Subs: Raeder, Zingerle, Martínez, Pizarro, Götze, Weiser, Müller

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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45 Responses to Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

  1. Bo says:

    Oh Hello mute button.

  2. San Fransiscan says:

    Johnson and Wynalda are already all over twitter.

  3. Daniel says:

    Wynalda with an idiotic comment regarding his scouting of team doctors less than three minutes in.

    I’ll take “Stupid Things That Only Gus Johnson or Eric Wynalda Say” for $600, please.

    Smh. Enjoy the game.

  4. tobyjim says:

    it was a corner Gus you idiot, Wish someone would FIRE you.

  5. Frill Artist says:

    Die in a fire, Gus. You worthless piece of human excrement.

  6. San Fransiscan says:

    Gary Neville is on foxsoccer2go.

  7. AJ says:

    If I hear the phrase “just a step offside” again my television won’t survive.

  8. soc 23 says:

    Gus Johnson’s voice…it’s like he wants me to throw my TV out the window

  9. Aaron says:

    I was really hoping Pep’s half-time changes would include replacing Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda.

  10. Tim says:

    If Gus Johnson had a britsh accent you all would love him…..Admit it and just say that most of you hate Americans. Come on, you can do it.

    • KapUSMC says:

      No, there are American announcers that are good. I would take Glenn Davis from the Houston Dynamo and be happy. And I even get that he is still learning the game. But the UCL semis between two of the biggest and most exciting clubs in the world isn’t the time OJT. If Fox they had someone that had only seen a couple dozen football games call the NFC Championship game, twitter and maybe the internet would break. I appreciate everything Fox has done to bring soccer to the masses in this country, but this is officially a failed experiment.

    • Bo says:

      Knowledge over accent.

      signed- an American who does like more, American accent yet knowledgeable, commentators.

    • Aaron says:

      It’s not that they’re American, it’s that they’re annoying and incompetent.

    • Lumen says:

      You couldn’t be further off base. John Strong is an excellent AMERICAN commentator and Fox have him. The fact that they use Gus instead is ridiculous.

  11. Bo says:

    How in the world did NBC not win the 2015-2018 UCL rights? They have 7 open channels for games just on Extra time. A free online/mobile platform for all games. Open programing during this time of the day on a few of their main channels. Very professional production each week.

    I just don’t get it.

  12. Christopher Harris says:

    Gus: “And that is the ball game.” WTF?

    • David says:

      I was thinking WTF every time he would say the French International team or German International team. Um, it’s national team Gus.

    • nick says:

      No, the best was when he signed off with Madrid win it 1-0 in Munich…erm, I thought the game was in Madrid as he only mentioned that fact 100 times

    • Cantona says:

      This was bad, really bad… His reputation is being tarnished by these pitiful performances.

      His continued factoids show you he has not done anything extra to learn the game… Thank god I found an international stream.


  13. Jake says:

    Every week we bash refs but we should applaud Webb for the No call on Meuller.

    • KapUSMC says:

      Yea.. Can’t believe it, but Howard Webb did a very good job today. Not just the no call on Mueller.. Not giving the second yellow on Isco, solid on offsides calls.. The only real complaint was not giving the advantage on the long ball played to CR7. But even that I could see, because (i think it was Modric) waited awhile for the run without any movement. Webb was good today.

  14. rkujay says:

    Pep Gwardiola and Carlo Enchiladi…nice, gus.

  15. CTBlues says:

    By all these comments I wouldn’t have even known a soccer match was played.

  16. Bo says:

    To get back to the match, Real had chances and could have won by at least 3. 1 home goal is no problem for Bayern. 2nd leg for both matches is open for either team.

  17. M owen says:

    I like Gus. hope he does all Man U and Chelsea games.

  18. Ianor says:

    Interesting chris no one has talked this match in the open thread. I think bayern will turn around to this deficit in munich and go through,they were unlucky to lose they dominated the hall game. real had an awfull record in germany where they lost every time the go there.

    • Jake says:

      They dominated?
      They had 65% possession and created 1 Clear Cut chance.
      Real had 35% possession with Ronaldo missing a sitter, Di Maria missed a good chance, and they had numerous other attacks on the counter with poor final balls.
      Dominating possession doesn’t mean they’re the better side. You forget Ronaldo wasn’t fully fit and Bale didn’t even start.
      Goals not possession wins games.

      • R.O says:

        Dortmund did the same thing in the league game a few weeks ago. FCB had possession but BVB took full advantage of their goal chances on counterattacks. I wonder if RM looked at the tactics BVB used against FCB?

  19. Ianor says:

    Hahaha then if its like that why pple always criticise the way chelsea played last night?

    • Jake says:

      How many shots and chances created did Real Madrid have today compared to Chelsea?
      Real played a better side and created numerous opportunities. Chelsea played Atletico and parked a Tanker which is perfectly respectable because it’s a tactic same as sterile possession is.

  20. Burnsey says:

    This is a great result for Real. With Bale and Ronaldo on the counter attack, it just feels like Real can score in Germany, and then Bayern will need 3. It’s Ronaldo’s year….he will be crowned in his home town in Lisbon.

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