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5 Key Battles that will decide Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Anirudh Menon
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Sergio Ram
Sergio Ramos cleans out man and ball

First Leg Score: Bayern Munich 1 - 2 Real Madrid

The two away goals that Real Madrid came away with give Los Blancos an edge in the semifinal, but the three goals Juventus smashed in at the Bernabeu in their tempestuous quarterfinal tie will give the Bavarians solace.

In the end, though, it'll boil down to how 11 individuals face off against another set of 11, and with that in mind, we've picked five key battles that may well decide the outcome tomorrow.

#5 Robert Lewandowski vs Sergio Ramos

In the first leg, Robert Lewandowski - a player who does like the odd goal against Real Madrid - was kept shackled by equal parts Sergio Ramos and his own, unusual, nerves. The Pole's been firing on all cylinders in the Bundesliga, but that's a tournament that they'd won before a ball was kicked, and it is in these kinds of matches that he really needs to stand up and be counted.

There are, though, no bigger big-match sportsmen than Sergio Ramos. When the b******isation of Handel rings out across a football stadium, when the guillotine of knockout competition hangs over his neck, when his team needs him to step up... Sergio Ramos invariably does just that.

A lot of what happens tomorrow will depend on how this titanic duel plays out

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