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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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You could definitely argue that today’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid is the biggest match of the season. Current Champions League title holders Bayern Munich needs to bounce back from a 0-1 aggregate score to beat one of the biggest clubs in the world, Real Madrid. This promises to be a thrilling encounter with a lot of end-to-end action.

For viewers in the United States, today’s match begins at 2pm ET on FOX Sports 1 with pre-match analysis featuring commentators Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda as well as studio host Rob Stone and studio pundits Warren Barton, Brian McBride and Mikael Silvestre.

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US:

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

Programming note: The biggest soccer match of the year looks to be pre-empted due to a NBA press conference that FOX Sports 1 has decided to show beginning at 2pm ET. As a result, the coverage of the game will be shown in SD on FOX Sports 2, and will most probably switch back to FOX Sports 1 as soon as the basketball coverage ends.

Starting line-ups:

Bayern Munich: Neuer – Dante, Ribéry, Mandzukić, Robben, Boateng, Lahm (C), Müller, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Kroos

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrão, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di María

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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44 Responses to Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg: Open Thread

  1. San Fransiscan says:

    OH C’MON FOX!!!! This is ridiculous!!

  2. Brian says:

    I would switch to Fox Deportes who are not going to cover the NBA news conference.

  3. Christopher Harris says:

    For those of you who don’t have FOX Deportes (myself included), listen to BBC 5 Live’s pre-match coverage of Bayern-Real Madrid at

    FOX Sports 1&2 showing a NBA press conference.

  4. Burnsey says:

    How good was that managers handshake……total respect for each other…can’t imagine Mourinho being involved in one of those.

    • Chelsea Ren says:

      Another id..t
      Did you not see Jose and Brendan Rodgers,
      Jose and pullis the week before, Jose and anybody who’s not as stupid as you?
      Just because you have a right to speak doesn’t mean you can be deliberately wrong

  5. Cantona says:

    And there you go…social media explodes as word of the commentators is out.

    These guys on the final just may blow up the internet


  6. Bo says:

    Who’s the commentators on ITV?

  7. Ianor says:

    Realmadrid vs chelsea 24.5.2014 lisbon.

  8. soc 23 says:

    Ronaldo was definitely crying after that tackle haha!!! He poured water on his face to try and hide it

  9. Burnsey says:

    Khedeira played for Bayern?

  10. Burnsey says:

    First Chelsea and now Real….sitting in and countering is now the way to play…..wonder what Atletico will do tomorrow.

    • Chelsea Ren says:

      Are you suggesting to not defend when your opponent has the ball?
      Defending has been the cornerstone of most great sporting teams since men dragged their women back to their caves by the hair
      You’re allowed to do it
      If someone throws a punch at you, what do you do?
      Leave your face in the way and then attack?
      Or avoid it and then strike?
      Sport isn’t a tv show, it’s not scripted for your entertainment
      It’s real and people will do whatever it takes to survive
      That’s reality

      • Burnsey says:

        Defending when your opponent has the ball, and playing negatively are 2 different things. Anyone can accept a team looking to play on the counter. Time wasting from the very first minute is anti football, and not good for the game. Brazil in 1970 and the recent Barcelona teams are what the world wants to see.

        • lisa says:

          Since it’s more than obvious you’re a Barca -fan, I’d say why have so much to say about others when your team is out already??? After all,scoring goals will make you win and NOT playing tiki taka football. :D

  11. Ianor says:

    Ronaldoooooooo. Yu deserve it at last. After ten years losing euro 2004 in lisbon he is back in lisbon.

  12. Bergkamp_10 says:

    Really good play from Gareth Bale. I have been impressed with how good he’s been at Real.

  13. San Fransiscan says:

    Ancolladi. Gus cracks me up sometimes.

  14. Ianor says:

    Alonso out of the final. Anceloti has to take off ramos.

  15. tobyjim says:

    Gus a foul on Moooooler in the box would be a penalty. It was a foul by Moooooler you moron.

  16. soc 23 says:

    Gus, “Frustration……..setting in……for Bayern. Modric………Benzema……who…..loses…it.”

    He also sometimes says only peoples’ names.

    In his case he SHOULD quit his day job

  17. Ianor says:

    Guardiol’s biggest mistake was to treat the remaining bundesliga fixtures like training sessions and playing the reserve team. Who would want to win the league in march?

  18. BC Marauder says:

    Who is more upset at this score…The Munich fans or Eric Wynalda?

  19. jb says:

    It is frustrating to hear Wynalda spend 10 minutes calling for another striker when talking about the same Bayern Munich team he praised on previous broadcasts. He should understand that Bayern play with one striker, their wingers cut inside and score, and the midfielders create chances and score.

  20. Burnsey says:

    Last year was the all German final…..this year it’s the all Madrid final.

  21. Bo says:

    José Mourinho could have the chance to stop “la decima”. Wow….

  22. Brian says:

    Eric and Gus kept saying that Sami Khedira played for Bayern Munich. He didn’t. He played for his hometown club Stuttgart before moving to Real Madrid. They didn’t make the mistake once but several times. They must think all Germans played for Bayern Munich.

  23. Ianor says:

    What a difference year makes, bayern humilated barca 4-0 at new camp less than 12 months their main rivals put past 4-0 at alianz arena. Quite astonishing.

  24. Burnsey says:

    Rodgers and Guardiola have been heralded as coaching gurus recently……ultimately players are the difference and decide games.

  25. goatslookshifty says:

    I got 6 minutes in and couldn’t listen anymore. I’ve never heard such poor amateurish commentary. I sacrificed watching a Champions League semi and chose to get the score from the internet. FOX Sports…you are an embarrassment to sports stations all around the world.

  26. R.O says:

    Yes, Bayern Lost . I’m not a big fan of Real Madrid but as a Dortmund fan, I hate FCB, so I’ll root for anyone playing against them (even Schalke).

    I wonder if Anceloti took a look at the FCB-BVB game a few weeks ago and Klopp’s tatics in that game had any influence in this game? FCB played all their stars vs BVB so it wasn’t the 2nd team.

    On Wynalda, the reason he goes on about FCB is he played in Germany for Saarbruecken and Bochum so he’s a fan of the Bundesliga. Wynalda is actually a fan BVB, has said that on interviews but FCB is German and won the most titles, that’s why he will go on about them.

    • Gerry says:

      Yet, Wynalda knows litte about the Bundesliga and kept saying that Khedira played for Bayern Munich and asked what emotions he must be feeling about being back in Munich. Khedira never played for Bayern and only played for Stuttgart. It’s bad enough that he is poor as an analyst but he cannot even get anecdotal facts right. Fox has become an even bigger joke than it was.

      • R.O says:

        Yup. Not good. You wouldn’t hear Andres Cantor making those mistakes (or mispronouncing names). Neither would Derek Rae or Darke, or ….. Heck maybe not even former ESPN analyst John Harkes (and he wasn’t good either).

        Wynalda is very knowledgeable on the game, tactics, etc. I feel he would be a very good manager above the current NASL level, but he TV analysts skill are poor.

  27. AJ says:

    At the end of game Gus mentioned Real was returning to the Final for the first time since 2012.

    Wrong again, Bayern was the side in the final.

    Gus then claimed Real won that Final.

    Newsflash FOX, Chelsea beat Bayern on penalties in 2012.

  28. Cantona says:

    These guys are just trying to fake it for the so called “mainstream” fan … They are so bad their Wikipedia references are wrong.

    Even the mainstream fan can these two phoneys a mile away… Really Fox, they are not EVEN trying

    Epic fail again…


  29. Cantona says:

    Honestly just watched the USA replay, does Johnson think he is pronouncing names correctly or is he just making sh!t up to make it seem like he knows what he is talking about??

    And Wynalda.. You pretend to know the Bumdesliga.. Uh hello Sami khedeira at Bayern?!?

    Bush league would think they could get their google research right….WRONG

    Pathetic Fox really Pathetic…


  30. Frill Artist says:

    Chris, just call this the Gus and Wynalda whine thread. Very few contents about the actual game.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      I agree. I wish we could be able to concentrate on the game instead of having some inferior commentators becoming a distraction.

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