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.

45 thoughts on “Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread”

  1. 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.

      1. What the?!

        What does Manchester United fans have to do with this?

        So your name is Spanish, should I despise all Spanish ppl?

        your comment is ridiculous.

    1. Got home from work and watched on replay. Gary Neville is just absolutely incredible. Best co-commentator ive ever heard by a lightyear.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    2. 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

    3. 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.


    1. 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.

    1. Also noteworthy

      Cream benzima
      Eye-in robbbbbben

      Just watched the first half for sh!ts and giggles.. I really think he wants to get fires… He is not even trying.


  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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?

    1. 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.

  6. 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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