Created on 28-04-2014 at 10:30 AM
There are not many clubs known in Madrid as La bestia negra – literally ‘black beast’ or bogey team. FC Bayern are one of them, and for a good reason. In recent times FCB have proved a tough hurdle for the Spanish giants, particularly on Munich soil with Real losing nine out of the last ten encounters and the other ending all square. FCB have played seven home games against Real Madrid in the Champions League era. fcbayern.de looks back at these legendary duels:
8 March 2000: Second round - Matthäus' farewell
The first Champions League meeting at the Olympic Stadium was a special night even before kick-off. It was the last appearance in Bayern Munich shirt for Lothar Matthäus and he received a fitting farewell. When Matthäus went off on 90 minutes to a standing ovation from the 60,000 crowd FCB were already winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Mehmet Scholl, Giovane Elber and Alexander Zickler with Helguera replying for Real. Zickler rounded off the scoring in added time to make it 4-1.
9 May 2000: Semi-final second leg - a win but exit as well
The teams met again two months later at the Olympic Stadium in Munich. This time it was a semi-final second leg tie – and FC Bayern had their backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Madrid. “Real will go through hell and high water,” announced Uli Hoeneß in the run-up to the match and the team certainly provided a very warm welcome from the kick-off. Bayern's three-striker tactic (Carsten Jancker, Elber, Paulo Sergio) soon paid dividends when Jancker open the scoring with a bicycle kick. FCB continued to press after that but Nicolas Anelka used one of the few Real counter-attacks to level at 1-1. Elber netted the winner in the second half but Real keeper Iker Casillas did not concede another goal and it was Madrid who made it to the final.
9 May 2001: Semi-final second leg - Jeremies' curcial goal
There was a repeat of the previous year's semi-final a year later to the day in Munich. The circumstances were different this time for FC Bayern, who ahd won the first leg 1-0 in Madrid - and they won the second leg too. Luis Figo scored a surprise equaliser after Elber's opener but Jens Jeremies, who underwent a knee operation twelve days earlier, secured the 2-1 victory to take Bayern through to the final. Jeremies had to pay a price for perhaps the most important goal of his career. He watched the final win against Valencia from the bench and his knee continued to cause problems right to the end of his career in 2006. “I was prepared to risk a lot for my dream of winning the Champions League. For that reason I don't have any regrets,” said Jerry. Owen Hargreaves also remembers the match well as it was his first Champions League start for FC Bayern.
2 April 2002: Quarter-final first leg - The bar, Casillas and two late goals
Bayern fell behind for the first time in a Champions League home game against Real Madrid. Geremi scored an early goal for the Spanish visitors and FCB struggled to find their feet. Elber hit the bar and Casillas saved a penalty from Stefan Effenberg. However, Bayern refused to give up and they were rewarded eight minutes from full-time. Effenberg netted the leveller and Claudio Pizarro scored the winner with two minutes to play.
24 February 2004: Round of 16 first leg - stalemate
Bayern bossed the game at home to Real but the Spanish side left the Olympic Stadium unbeaten for the first time. Bayern looked to be on course for victory thanks to a Roy Makaay goal until Roberto Carlos fired in a 30-yard free-kick to level at 1-1. “We were really lucky,” said Zinedine Zidane after the game. FCB coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said: “We taught Real to be afraid.”
7 March 2007: Round of 16 second leg - Makaay's lightning strike
The first home game against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena is etched forever in the annals of the Champions League. “Brazzo through on the right, square ball, bang, in the net,” said Thomas Müller, recalling Bayern's opening goal by Roy Makaay after just 10.12 seconds, still the fastest goal in the history of the Champions League. Lucio doubled the lead from a corner before a doubtful penalty scored by Ruud van Nistelrooy brought the game back to life. Mark van Bommel and Madrid's Mahamadou Diarra both received their marching orders for two yellow cards. Sergio Ramos had the ball in the back of the Bayern net in a frenetic finish but the strike was rightly ruled out for a handball. FCB won 2-1 to go through to the quarter-finals on the away goals rule.
17 April 2012: Semi-final first leg - Gomez sets FCB on course
The last Bayern home game against Real Madrid was another thriller right to the end. A 2-1 victory gave FCB the hope of getting through to the final on their own ground. The outstanding Franck Ribéry opened the scoring on 17 minutes in front of a fanatical 66,000 crowd, but Mesut Özil scored for Real shortly after the restart in a high-quality encounter. Just as the match seemed to be heading for a draw Mario Gomez popped up to net a last-minute winner. “It was an emotional game. Real showed they are a great side. But luck was on our side at the end and we won 2-1. We can be proud of our win today,” declared Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the final whistle.