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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich, 2nd leg: 5 things to watch out for

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11.44K   //    01 May 2018, 06:22 IST

Cristiano Ronaldo would be raring to go
Cristiano Ronaldo would be raring to go

Five-time champions Bayern Munich will take on the twelve-time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid, in the second leg of the semifinal. It is going to be a very tightly contested match for sure, with both teams looking good enough to book a spot in the final.

The first leg fixture, which was played less than a week ago, was exhilarating and had a very nervy ending. Joshua Kimmich's opener for Bayern was cancelled out by Marcelo's goal just before half-time. Wonder-kid Marco Asensio capitalized on Rafinha's mistake to score a decider in the 57th minute.

With a 2-1 lead over their rivals, Real Madrid happen to be the favourites for the tie. Juventus exploited the loopholes in their defence to stage a fightback. Could Bayern also do the same?

Here are the five things one should look out for in the high-octane clash.

#1 The threat of Cristiano Ronaldo

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The mercurial forward has been ever-present for Real Madrid this season

In Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid have the world's best striker right now. His capability of scoring decisive goals that almost always propel Real past the finishing line, makes Ronaldo an indispensable member of the squad.

He has scored 42 goals this season for his club and looks hungry to add to his tally after his record run of scoring in 11 consecutive Champions League games abruptly ended against Bayern, courtesy of a handball.

He has been defying his age with his performances and goal-scoring frequency. He has been slotted into the central striker role by manager Zinedine Zidane, ahead of first-choice striker Benzema to intensify his impact on the game. Could he be the key player for Real tomorrow?

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