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Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid: Pre-Match Facts

Real Madrid are set for a gargantuan clash.

Real Madrid travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday where they will try to halt Bayern Munich from exacting revenge for their quarter-final defeat last season.

This semi-final pairing means Madrid have drawn the Bavarians four times since 2012.

That first doubleheader was also in the semi-finals of the competition and was the last time the Bavarians triumphed over two legs over the current holders.

Bayern took a 2-1 lead to Madrid, which the Spanish side matched during the second leg. With the aggregate score at 3-3 after extra time, Sergio Ramos infamously blasted his penalty high over the bar before Bastian Schweinsteiger’s penalty took them to the final in their own stadium to face Chelsea.

Two years later, Real took a solitary goal to Bavaria from the first leg before braces from both Cristiano Ronaldo and Ramos ensured they breezed past Pep Guardiola’s side into the semi-finals in their quest for La Decima.

The two European giants met once again in last year’s quarter-finals. Bayern took the lead early on the night through Arturo Vidal, but Ronaldo levelled soon after the break and scored the winner ten minutes from the end.

In Madrid a week later, Bayern took the lead early again but a clinical period of extra time saw Ronaldo bag his second and third of the night and Real won 4-2 to take them through to the semi-finals against their local rivals Atletico.

A win over the two legs will see Bayern reach their first Champions League final since 2013- where they last lifted the trophy. Real are current holders after consecutive final wins and seek to win an unprecedented 13th European Cup.

Real Madrid will have their captain Sergio Ramos available after serving a one-match suspension in the second leg of the quarterfinals and have no fresh injury concerns after having no fixture schedules over the weekend.

Bayern rested several key players at the weekend having already secured the Bundesliga title. Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery, Thomas Müller, Javi Martinez, Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels and David Alaba will presumably all return to Jupp Heynckes starting XI.

The tie pits two of the most successful European heavyweights together, and it’s set to be a classic.

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