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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Can Ronaldo spark another breakthrough in the Bernabeu?

UPDATE (4:38 p.m.): End of regulation score is Real Madrid 2- Bayern Munich 1 (Aggregate 3-3)

Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (Pen 5’, 14’), Arjen Robben (Pen 27’)

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For Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid the stars seem to be aligning to favor the Galacticos. The team all but clinched a domestic league title with a rare 2-1 win against Barcelona at Camp Nou over the weekend, and their star coach said in recent days that he would remain at the club after the season ended.

But to fully realize their dreams for the season they must first overcome a 2-1 deficit to standout German side Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal second leg match. The winner will advance to the tournament final where Chelsea awaits after taking out Barcelona on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich proved their worth in the group stage of the tournament, overcoming rising English club Manchester City and Italian side Napoli to top Group A and advance to the knockout round. Showing offensive panache driven by warring stars Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben and a stingy defense whose pressure has limited opponents to only 2 goals in their last six tournament fixtures, the German side has displayed brilliance on both sides of the ball.

Entering the Bernabeu holding on to a one goal margin Munich coach Jupp Heyneckes said he would not change his team’s un­or­tho­dox tactics to cling to their lead.

“We are capable of scoring at the Bernabeu,” he said, according to The Telegraph “At the same time, we have shown that we don’t concede many. The first-leg result gives us a small advantage, but Real have amazing goalscoring potential and have scored nearly 150 goals so we will be prepared for that.”

Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid are riding high after their win at Barcelona, and boh players and coaches maintain that they will find a way to overcome Bayern’s defence and advance to the finals.

“The team’s moment has arrived, it’s a big game [on Wednesday] and we’re going to win it because we’re playing in front of our fans.” Ronaldo said as BBC reported.

Wednesday’s match should feature fireworks as Madrid and Munich battle to take on Chelsea in the finals. Who do you think will advance? Tell us in the comments.

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