Champions League: Bayern beat Real Madrid 2-1

Bayern Munich beat Real Madrid 2-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League on away goals on Wednesday.

updated: March 22, 2007 06:37 IST
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Bayern Munich's plan was to attack Real Madrid early, and it worked to perfection. Hasan Salihamidzic stole the ball from Roberto Carlos moments after the opening kickoff, ran down the right wing and crossed into the box where Roy Makaay volleyed it past Iker Casillas after just 11 seconds. The goal, which set a record for the fastest ever scored in the Champions League, helped Bayern beat Madrid 2-1 and advance to the quarterfinals on away goals on Wednesday after finishing the two legs level at 4-4 on aggregate. "We wanted to make a statement and push forward right away and not play backward," Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said. The goal eclipsed the previous record, set by Arsenal midfielder Gilberto against PSV Eindhoven in 2002, by nine seconds. "For them to score a goal like this was incredible," Madrid manager Fabio Capello said. "We gave them an incredible present. "Who could have thought that something like that could happen? It's hard to turn things around after that. But we had some chances. We just couldn't find the target." Lucio also scored for Bayern, while Ruud van Nistelrooy got one back for Madrid with an 83rd-minute penalty. "The early goal made it easier for them," Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez said. "We had chances toward the end of the first half and during the second. But their second goal hurt us." Madrid without stars Madrid, a nine-time European champion, won the first leg in Spain 3-2 but played on Wednesday without three injured regulars - Fabio Cannavaro, David Beckham and Jose Antonio Reyes. Beckham was involved in all three of Madrid's goals in the first leg. "Real is not such a bad team after all. They had some chances in the second half," Hitzfeld said. "But I expected that we would advance. The late goal in Madrid was decisive." The Spanish team lost for the eighth time in nine games at Bayern. "It's always a special game to play Real Madrid. They're still a great team, which you saw when you let them play," Hitzfeld said. "But they're a big club and it's fun to play in Bernabeu or play here. It's a highlight, also for me." Bayern midfielder Mark van Bommel and Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra where both red-carded with eight minutes remaining, leaving each team with 10 men. Bayern striker Lukas Podolski broke in alone on goal after a long through ball from Makaay, but Casillas thwarted him and Makaay in the 27th and Daniel van Buyten in the 38th. Madrid produced its first solid chance in the 43rd, but Jose Maria "Guti" Gutierrez missed wide. Ten minutes into the second half, Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn was forced into a diving save on Van Nistelrooy's header. Lucio doubled Bayern's lead in the 66th, nodding home a corner from Willy Sagnol. Van Nistelrooy pulled Madrid within a goal by converting a penalty after Lucio knocked down Robinho. But before Van Nistelrooy took his penalty, Van Bommel and Diarra were sent off with their second yellow cards for arguing on the edge of the box. Sergio Ramos scored what appeared to be an equalizer in the 90th, but the goal was disallowed due to a handball.