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Only half-distance

Courageous FCB in good shape for return

The prospect of contesting the Champions League final at their home Allianz Arena on 19 May remains alive and tangible for Bayern after what Karl-Heinz Rummenigge described as an “emotional" and Jupp Heynckes said was a “passionate" 2–1 home win in Tuesday's semi-final first leg against Real Madrid. “We wanted to win at home, and we've succeeded. We've put ourselves in a good position," said Philipp Lahm.

“It was a huge game between two evenly matched sides,” the Munich skipper continued, “we have a chance of making the final at our own stadium. Every one of us wants that." Director of sport Christian Nerlinger sounded a note of caution: “We’re only at half distance. It'll be another fierce fight, but we're looking forward to it. We're in a very good position."