Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: A remarkable rivalry in stats

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are two key men ahead of the much-anticipated semifinal.
Updated 25 April 2018
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Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: A remarkable rivalry in stats

  • The two European greats have won the Champions League 17 times.
  • Real Madrid start as the slight favorites ahead of Wednesday's semifinal first leg.

LONDON: Bayern Munich’s Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid is a clash of European football royalty. Ahead of Wednesday’s first leg at the Allianz Arena, here are five facts about the remarkable rivalry...

1. This is the 25th time the clubs have met in European competition and both have 11 wins with two draws.
Real have scored 37 goals to Bayern’s 36.
This is the seventh time the clubs have met in the semifinals, the Germans lead 4-2 in the series.

2. Real have however had the upper hand in recent years, winning all of the last five meetings, scoring 13 goals and conceding four.
That includes Bayern’s record home defeat in Europe — a 4-0 thrashing in the 2014 semifinals, when Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice.
This is Madrid’s record eighth successive Champions League semifinal, while Bayern are in the last four for the seventh time in nine seasons.

3. Ronaldo has an incredible record against Bayern, netting five times over the two legs in last season’s 6-3 aggregate win in the quarterfinals.
In total, he has scored nine goals in six games against the German side.
This season, Ronaldo became the first player to score in all six group games on his way to a tally of 15 goals.
He can break his own record for the most goals in a Champions League season — 17 in 2013/14.

4. Bayern’s current manager Jupp Heynckes has a foot in each camp. The 72-year-old has reached the Champions League final in each of his three previous campaigns as coach of either Bayern or Real.
Under Heynckes, Bayern won the 2013 final at Wembley when Arjen Robben’s winner sealed a 2-1 win over Dortmund on their way to the treble.
The Bavarians also reached the 2012 final, losing in Munich to Chelsea on penalties having beaten Real, also on spot-kicks, in the semis.
Heynckes also steered Real to the 1997-1998 title, during his single season in Madrid, beating Juventus 1-0 in the Amsterdam final to end a 32-year drought for the Spanish giants. It was the first time Madrid had won the European Cup since 1966.

5. Zinedine Zidane has a phenomenal Champions League record. Real winning 21 of his 30 games in Europe over three seasons with five draws and four defeats.
Real lifted the trophy in each of his three previous seasons as either head coach or assistant.
He was Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant in 2013/14 when they won the European title for the tenth time.
He succeeded Rafael Benitez as head coach in January 2016, then Real beat Juventus in the Turin final.
They also won last season’s final in Cardiff when Ronaldo scored twice in a 4-1 win over Juventus.


Algeria sink Senegal in fiery final to claim second Africa Cup of Nations

Updated 20 July 2019
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Algeria sink Senegal in fiery final to claim second Africa Cup of Nations

CAIRO: Baghdad Bounedjah’s early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years after a fiery 1-0 victory over Sadio Mane’s Senegal in Friday’s final in Cairo.
Bounedjah gave Algeria a dream start in the second minute when his deflected shot looped over Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, and it proved enough for the 1990 champions to lift the trophy on foreign soil for the first time.
For Senegal, who lost to Algeria by the same scoreline in the group stage, the long wait for a first continental crown goes on as coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 runners-up, again fell short in the final.
It was the first title-decider to feature two African coaches since 1998, with Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi completing a whirlwind 12 months at the helm after inheriting a side that failed to make it out of the group stage two years ago.
With defensive rock Kalidou Koulibaly suspended for Senegal, Salif Sane deputised at the back and Ismaila Sarr was recalled in attack, while Belmadi kept faith in the same side that overcame Nigeria with an injury-time free-kick from Riyad Mahrez.
Senegal had understandably feared the absence of Napoli star Koulibaly, banned after two bookings in the knockout rounds, although the towering Sane was desperately unlucky as Algeria grabbed the lead with scarcely a minute played.
As Bounedjah took aim from 20 yards his effort smacked off Sane and arced high into the air before dropping underneath the crossbar and beyond a static Gomis, sparking delirious celebrations from both players and fans, some of whom arrived for the final on military planes provided by the Algerian government.
It was the first time Gomis had conceded in almost 400 minutes in Egypt having replaced the injured Edouard Mendy ahead of Senegal’s final group game.
Henri Saivet, who missed a penalty in the 1-0 victory over Tunisia, tried to catch Rais Mbohli out with a free-kick while Mbaye Niang fizzed a powerful drive just over as Senegal gradually showed signs of life before the half ended with both sets of players embroiled in a scuffle as they headed for the tunnel.
Senegal thought they had won a penalty on the hour when Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum pointed to the spot for a suspected handball by Adlene Guedioura, but the official reversed his decision after a VAR review.
Niang rounded an advancing Mbohli after a searching ball through from Cheikhou Kouyate but the forward sliced wide of the target from a tough angle, with the Algeria ‘keeper then acrobatically tipping over a rasping drive from Youssouf Sabaly.
The Desert Foxes started to look jaded as Senegal brought on fresh legs in Krepin Diatta and Mbaye Diagne, but Youcef Belaili nearly made it 2-0 when his cross brushed the head of a defender and skimmed the roof of the net.
Sarr blazed over on the volley as Algeria clung on to their advantage in the closing minutes, the final whistle greeted by an outpouring of raw emotion as the North Africans emerged worthy winners of the expanded 24-team event.