Real Madrid took a giant stride towards a third consecutive appearance in the Champions League final courtesy of a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The two-time defending champions were second best for much of the first half after Bayern took the lead through Joshua Kimmich , but the hosts could not build on that advantage despite creating a number of clear chances.

Neither side were anywhere near their brilliant best on the night, but Marcelo ‘s equaliser against the run of play just before half time ensured Madrid went into the break all square, and Marco Asensio came off the bench to add a second away goal and leave the Spanish giants in the driving seat.

Madrid are now well on course to have the chance to become the first team to win the competition three years in a row since Bayern themselves achieved the feat in the mid-1970s, with the German giants now needing to score at least two goals in the return leg at the Bernabeu next week.

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