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Champions League semifinals live updates: Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid lineups, highlights, analysis

In Sports
April 30, 2024
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 30: General view inside the stadium before the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between FC Bayern München and Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on April 30, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Getty Images)

The UEFA Champions League semifinals begin Tuesday in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/Getty Images)

The UEFA Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid kicks off Tuesday with a delicious first leg at the Allianz Arena in Germany. Bayern is looking to salvage a rocky season, while Real Madrid is trying to reassert itself as the king of European soccer.

Both Bayern and Madrid eliminated English Premier League title contenders — Arsenal and Manchester City, respectively — in the quarterfinals. Both are giants of the sport. They have previously met eight times in the Champions League semifinals. They have won the competition and its predecessor, the European Cup, a combined 20 times (Real Madrid 14, Bayern 6).

But their 2023-24 seasons have been very different. Real Madrid is waltzing toward a La Liga title. Bayern, meanwhile, has relinquished the German Bundesliga crown for the first time in over a decade. Its coach, Thomas Tuchel, is persistently under fire. Without a trip to the Champions League final, this year would represent the club’s biggest failure in a while.

For all of those reasons, Bayern was an underdog in the quarters. But Joshua Kimmich‘s crucial second-half header secured a 1-0 second leg victory over Arsenal, and a 3-2 aggregate win.

Real Madrid will likely be a tougher test. In the last two semifinal meetings between the clubs, Real Madrid prevailed.

Tuesday’s first leg kicks off at 3 p.m. ET. The second leg is next Wednesday, May 8.

The other semifinal, Paris Saint-Germain against Borussia Dortmund, is Wednesday and next Tuesday.

You can follow the Bayern Munich-Real Madrid match with Yahoo Sports below:

Live4 updates

  • The fans are packing Allianz Arena. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. ET!

    MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 30: fans of FC Bayern Muenchen walk to the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between FC Bayern München and Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on April 30, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Silas Schueller/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

    MUNICH, GERMANY – APRIL 30: fans of FC Bayern Muenchen walk to the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between FC Bayern München and Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on April 30, 2024 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Silas Schueller/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

  • Welcome to Yahoo Sports’ live coverage of the Champions League semifinal between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid! Though it’s not on the line for the soccer heavyweights tonight in Munich, the trophy is in the building at Allianz Arena …

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