Bayern Munich vs. Atletico Madrid: The story of an underdog

Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid faced off today in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals. Atletico lead 1-0 on aggregate.

These teams brought very different coaching styles and playing tactics to the table – Bayern is a high-quality, all-star soccer club while Atletico is a team of tenacity.

Rumors expressed concern for Pep Guardiola’s job with Bayern  – if he didn’t win, he’d be moving on from Bayern Munich and looking for a new manager position. “…the result will determine if Guardiola belongs in the same sentence as the best managers ever to work in Munich,” as stated in Bavarian Football Works.

There was no question that this would be a suspenseful matchup.

Starting lineups >>

Strategy >>

As reported by Bavarian Football Works, “Atléti are the odds-on favorite to advance based on their 1-0 aggregate lead, but as Bayern have showed against several opponents under Guardiola, they have enough tricks up their sleeves to make some magic happen.”

Early minutes of the game set the tone >>

Unsurprisingly, Bayern maintains possession early on >>

GOAAAL!

And then a penalty kick >>

The first half ends 1-0 >>

Second half >>

The second half started tied on aggregate at 1-1; the first substitution of the match is made before the second half whistle blows.

An away goal for Atletico >>

The game is now tied 1-1; however, Aleti leads 2-1 on aggregate.

Everything’s quiet >>

Another penalty kick awarded >>

Five additional minutes. Can Bayern net another goal? Will Atletico hold onto the win?

Atletico win!

Onto the Champions League final >>

Pep?

Will we witness a Madrid Derby for Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid?

Tomorrow’s game between Real Madrid and Manchester City will determine who Atletico Madrid will play in the Champions League final. Real Madrid and City are 0-0 after the first leg of their semifinal matchup.

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