Finally! A UEFA Champions League semi final between two of the best teams in Europe.
'But there was a Champions League semi final last night too?' Yes, but it was between Liverpool and AS Roma... Liverpool and AS ROMA.
Last night's 'clash' between England and Italy's fourth best teams was, in truth, more worthy of the Europa League than the Champions League. Thankfully tonight however, we were blessed with a genuine heavyweight meeting between to European giants, and it's fair to say that Twitter was fairly excited by this:
Within ten minutes of kick off Bayern Munich fans' pre match excitement from Bayern Munich turned to dread, sadness, dejection (insert more sadness synonyms here), as they watched their star man Arjen Robben being carted off with an apparent muscle strain:
It turns out that mortality is the only opponent Arjen Robben can't beat by cutting infield and shooting with his left foot.— James Tyler FC (@JamesTylerESPN) April 25, 2018
damn robben off.— better call tamoor (@FMTonomy) April 25, 2018
Hate to see this so early. Wonder if he’ll be back for the 2nd leg - history would say probably not 🙁— Daniel Heijmen (@djheijmen) April 25, 2018
Despite Robben's injury, Bayern continued to beat on, boat against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past*, and ensured that the aforementioned woe felt by Bayern Munich fans all across Twitter didn't last too long. On the half hour mark, a powerful right foot strike from Joshua Kimmich and some horrendous goalkeeping from well known horrendous goalkeeper Keylor Navas, gave Bayern a 1-0 lead:
*words courtesy of F. Scott Fitzgerald
My goodness that is genius from Kimmich. Faked he was going with a far post cross and instead blasted it near post. Tricked Keylor Navas and everyone else.— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) April 25, 2018
I love Joshua Kimmich. What a player— Jack Gallagher (@calciolovesjack) April 25, 2018
Strange moment for Navas to have a lie down.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 25, 2018
Just as I finished collating Tweets for Kimmich's opener, another full back decided to pop up with a goal. Despite Bayern Munich's first half dominance, it wasn't Kimmich or Rafinha (it's never Rafinha), it was Real Madrid's Marcelo, who grabbed a crucial - and brilliant - away goal for Los Blancos.
The Brazilian international's goal was so crucial in fact, that some Real Madrid fans went full cap locks on Twitter to celebrate. Because that's how we celebrate goals nowadays?
MARCELO MARCELO MARCELO THE GREATEST OFFENSIVE LEFT BACK OF ALL TIME AND THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT THIS IS THE KIND OF MAGIC HE CAN PRODUCE I WOULD NEVER EVER TAKE THIS GUY OFF NO MATTER WHAT— Haysoos (@OmVArvind) April 25, 2018
Marcelo finally correcting his earlier mistake by scoring a goal. Gotta tell ya that was a classic Marcelo goal— RM (@duodecima1) April 25, 2018
Ten minutes into the second half, a third and final full back decided that he too wanted to make the headlines.
With the tabloids in mind, Rafinha decided to play a square ball directly into the path of Lucas Vazquez, who was subsequently able to tee up Marco Asensio for Real Madrid's second goal of the evening:
LMAOOOO RAFINHA AIN'T UP FOR THIS— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) April 25, 2018
The Bayern fans won't let Rafinha leave the stadium after this game— َ (@HazardEdition) April 25, 2018
After Rafinha's costly error, through self-nullification rather than great defending form Real Madrid, Bayern's hopes of grabbing an equaliser petered out. Los Blancos were genuinely bad, but the Bavarian's - somehow - found a way to be worse:
How has Lewandowski missed that? What a ball from Kimmich. Surreal cross.— Arjun Pradeep (@IndianRegista) April 25, 2018
I spoke so highly of Lewandowski only for him to play like a Polish Morata smh— 🎃LAPD WAS CALLED🎃 (@StrikaNation24_) April 25, 2018
A 2-1 away win at the Allianz Arena will look impressive in the history books. But with Bayern Munich being explicitly hampered by injuries to some of their star players, and essentially just shooting themselves in the foot in the second half, a questions remains: is the 2017/18 Real Madrid good, or just unbelievably lucky?