Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insists he will not risk playing Cristiano Ronaldo against Bayern Munich in their first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie if the forward has not fully recovered from injury. The prolific Portuguese has not played any competitive football since Madrid's 3-0 quarter-final first-leg win over Borussia Dortmund on April 2, coming off in the 80th minute of that match with an injury to his left knee.
Many Bayern Fans looking into the basics about sports betting sites can find favourable odds on tonight’s game. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez return to the Bayern Munich squad after missing the 3-1 second leg victory over Manchester United through suspension. Captain Philipp Lahm may switch to right-back to accommodate the pair in midfield.
Expected starting line-up
Real Madrid (4-3-3)
Cristiano Ronaldo – Karim Benzema – Ángel di María
Isco – Xabi Alonso – Luka Modric
Fábio Coentrão – Sergio Ramos – Pepe – Daniel Carvajal
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Chelsea produced a dogged defensive display as
their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg with Atletico Madrid
But the result came
at a cost, with Petr Cech and John Terry both forced off through injury
and Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel receiving bookings which will see
them miss the return leg at Stamford Bridge next Wednesday through
Jose Mourinho sent his side out with the clear intention of keeping a
clean sheet, with five men in midfield providing a solid screen to the
back four and only former Atletico striker Fernando Torres operating in a
lone attacking role.
The match had been billed as a showdown between Chelsea goalkeeper
Cech and the heir to his Stamford Bridge throne, Thibaut Courtois, who
is taking in his third season on loan with the Spanish league leaders.
But Cech's night was brought to a premature conclusion when he was
injured after falling awkwardly onto his elbow after a collision with
Raul Garcia as he pushed a 15th-minute Koke corner over the crossbar,
with 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer sent into the fray after a lengthy
Schwarzer had very little to do through the opening half, with Diego
Simeone's side unable to find a way through and any crosses which were
swung into the box comfortably dealt with by Terry and Gary Cahill, with
Cesar Azpilicueta and the returning Ashley Cole providing good support.
Diego Costa squared up to Terry in the opening exchanges after a
clearance from the Chelsea skipper with referee Jonas Eriksson forced to
step in, before Cole got away with taking an additional touch on the
edge of his box as Raul Garcia was penalised for his challenge on the
Cahill nodded a corner narrowly wide in the 21st minute but the
whistle had already gone before, as the half-hour mark approached,
Willian burst forward and fed Ramires, but his effort from the edge of
the box was not a threat to the under-employed Courtois or close enough
After being a spectator for much of the time since entering the fray,
Schwarzer was forced to scramble across his line to cover a fine curled
effort from midfielder Mario Suarez which shaped just the wrong side of
his left upright.
Azpilicueta had to throw himself in front of a powerfully struck
Diego Costa effort as half-time approached, with the Spain striker's
hopeful penalty appeals rightly ignored.
Courtois was finally called into action early in the second period as
he dropped to gather a Lampard shot from distance, before David Luiz
required treatment after coming off second best in an aerial challenge
Schwarzer came haring off his line to punch clear in the 55th minute,
with the ball dropping kindly to Diego, but he could only fire a weak
shot straight into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper, before Torres
found Courtois' midriff after working a yard of space for a shot outside
the Atletico box.
Arda Turan was sent on in place of Diego, with Lampard going into the
book for a late sliding challenge on the Atletico substitute.
Mikel took responsibility to head Juanfran's cross away ahead of
Schwarzer with Diego Costa lurking before Chelsea suffered another
significant blow, as Terry limped off after injuring his left ankle in a
seemingly innocuous incident involving Diego Costa and David Luiz.
Mikel and Gabi were booked following a melee in the wake of a Lampard
handball, with suspension now ruling both men out of the return, and
Gabi curled the resulting free-kick narrowly wide of goal.
Arda Turan headed just off target at the far post from Juanfran's
cross after getting up above Cahill before Raul Garcia's looping header
landed on the roof of Schwarzer's net as Chelsea held out, while David
Luiz fired a late free-kick well wide for the visitors.
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