Despite a fairly even record of all time against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich's recent history against the Spanish team has been poor, and that race continued on Wednesday.
Marco Asensio entered as a substitute in the second half and scored Winner off the bench, with Real Madrid taking a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the opening match of their semi-final clash of the Champions League. Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for Bayern, but Marcelo stopped Real Madrid even before halftime to start the current champion.
The match was the 25th match between the two teams in the European Cup, with both sides entering an even 11-11-2 and Real Madrid with an advantage of 37-36 in goals. Real Madrid completed that advantage and took a step towards a fourth final in five years, and a third consecutive, achieving a solid performance on the road for the second year in a row. It was in Munich last year that Cristiano Ronaldo's double gave Real Madrid a 2-1 lead in the first leg of the quarterfinals, after Bayern scored first.
Bayern suffered an early setback in the injury in the opening minutes when Arjen Robben fell with an apparent injury to his foot or leg. He was forced to retire, with Thiago Alcántara summoned out of the bench to replace him.
After a couple of very open minutes, both teams settled into a chippy and feeling pattern. Isco almost had a chance for Real Madrid after a perfect long ball from goalkeeper Keylor Navas, only to have his powerful 20-yard burst blocked before he could reach the Bayern net in the 18th minute.
Bayern found the breakthrough in the 28th. minute, and it came from an unlikely source. Kimmich, the versatile right-back, was placed behind on the right channel and beat Navas with a powerful shot near the post, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Kimmich had acres of work space, largely because Marcelo was reluctant to defend himself again while Sven Ulreich took a quick goal kick to start the sequence.
The good news was tempered by a second key injury for Bayern, however, with Jerome Boateng coming off injured in the 34th minute, replaced by Niklas Sule.
Thomas Muller thought he had given Bayern a 2-0 lead in the 43rd minute, when Rafinha received a rest pass from Franck Ribéry and crossed to the right side of the area, only for Muller to have his powerful effort first time blocked by Sergio Ramos.
Real Madrid tipped the balance a minute later through, Marcelo, who more than compensated for his lax defense in Kimmich's goal. His left rocket from the top of the box defeated Ulreich and leveled the score, and, most importantly, gave Real Madrid a vital goal.
Bayern almost immediately responded on a free kick, with James' curved serve finding Lewandowski on the doorstep, only for his header to bounce off the innards of Navas.
Real Madrid went ahead in the 57th minute through Marco Asensio, who had entered the game at halftime for Isco. A raffle Rafinha drew a Real Madrid counter, with Lucas Vazquez playing Asensio in a position to finish with his left to put the 2-1.
Bayern Munich tried to fight through Ribery, who had two chances from the left denied by Navas within the next five minutes.
On the other end, Ronaldo thought he had given Real Madrid a 3-1 lead in the 71st minute after a perverse volley, but it was judged that he had taken a long ball over the top-to-bottom with his arm.
Five minutes later, Real Madrid almost scored again, with Karim Benzema, for an injured Dani Carvajal, putting a short range shot into the frame just for Ulreich to make a save save and preserve the deficit of a goal.
That opened the door for Bayern Munich to equal, which it almost did in the 88th minute through Lewandowski. He was played in the box of Real Madrid with a beautiful combination in the last third, but in an unusual way he put his opportunity out of place to spoil the opportunity.
Here were the alignments for both teams:
The second leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Tuesday, May 1. The winner will play against Liverpool or Rome in the final on May 26 in Kiev. Liverpool has a 5-2 lead after the first leg of their semi-final.