Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are frequent opponents in the later stages of the UEFA Champions League, with 2016/17 marking their 11th such knockout tie in the European Cup.
This first leg is the 23rd match between the two sides, making it the most played fixture in UEFA club competition.
Both teams performed impressively in reaching the quarter-finals, Bayern dismantling Arsenal FC over two legs and Madrid – bidding to become the first side to retain the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era – proving too strong for Napoli.
his is the clubs’ third meeting in six seasons, each having won one of those ties. Overall, the teams have played in ten previous knockout contests – all in the European Cup – with five wins apiece.
Most recently, Madrid – then coached by current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti – were 5-0 aggregate victors in the 2013/14 semi-finals, en route to lifting the trophy for a tenth time.
Karim Benzema (19) got the only goal of the first leg in Spain against Josep Guardiola’s Bayern, before Sergio Ramos (16, 20) and Cristiano Ronaldo (34, 90) scored twice apiece in Munich to inflict what remains Bayern’s heaviest European home defeat.
Source: Super sport