England striker keeps his cool but Kim Min-jae shocker leaves Champions League semi-final all-square

The England striker had put Thomas Tuchel’s team ahead from the spot, but they were left ruing two disastrous mistakes from their centre-back.

A couple of shocking errors from Kim Min-jae robbed Bayern Munich of a deserved victory over Real Madrid on Tuesday, with the defender at fault for both goals the Bavarians conceded in the 2-2 draw at the Allianz Arena.

Thomas Tuchel’s team had begun this Champions League semi-final first leg brightly, but were left in a state of shock after seeing their visitors open the scoring with their first shot of the game 24 minutes in, when Kim completely lost Vinicius Jr, who raced clear to slide the ball under a static Manuel Neuer.

Leroy Sane levelled matters shortly after half-time with a well-struck shot before Harry Kane coolly converted a penalty to put Bayern ahead just moments later with his 43rd goal of the season. However, the hosts failed to see the game out, with Kim clumsily taking down Vinicius, who restored parity from the spot with seven minutes to go.

Player ratings.

Manuel Neuer (6/10):

Obviously left exposed by his defence for Vinicius’ opener, but no denying that he should have been out quicker to close down the winger. Still, made an important save from Kroos at the start of the second half and an even better one from Vinicius with 10 minutes to go.

Joshua Kimmich (6/10):

Not as influential as he was against Arsenal but still a great outlet down the right flank for Bayern and caused some problems with his deliveries into the area.

Kim Min-jae (2/10):

Bizarrely lashed out at Kimmich after the opener as he was solely to blame after being far too easily sucked in by Vinicius, whom he also bundled over in the area in the closing stages. A cheap imitation of the dominant defender we saw in Serie A.

Eric Dier (7/10):

Very nearly scored with a towering header from a corner but a crucial and brave block on a Vinicius shot was the highlight of another impressive European outing for the much-maligned Englishman.

Noussair Mazraoui (5/10):

Booked and very lucky to avoid giving away a penalty after a clumsy foul on Bellingham, which was just outside the area, but he did get forward well on occasion.


Konrad Laimer (8/10):

Does so much of the dirty work in midfield, constantly winning the ball back for Bayern, and always available for a pass. Indeed, it was Laimer who picked out Sane on the right wing before the equaliser.

Leon Goretzka (5/10):

A key factor in the quarter-final tie against Arsenal but taken off during the break here after an uncharacteristically quiet first half.


Jamal Musiala (8/10):

Such a dangerous dribbler, as so wonderfully illustrated by the run which led to the penalty. Lucas Vazquez just couldn’t contain him.

Thomas Muller (6/10):

Making his 150th appearance in the Champions League but, despite the odd neat touch in and around the area, was actually quite quiet before his withdrawal.

Leroy Sane (8/10):

Typically wasteful in the first half but was always Bayern’s most menacing player, so it felt fitting that he levelled the game with a fearsome strike after cutting inside his marker. Surprisingly subbed late on.

Harry Kane (7/10):

Didn’t quite get a hold of a couple of early efforts but he created several openings for Sane before putting Bayern ahead with another ice-cold spot-kick which means that he’s now been involved in more Champions League goals in a single season (11) than any other Englishman.

Subs & Manager

Raphael Guerreiro (6/10):

Came on in midfield for Goretzka during the interval and did well alongside Laimer.

Alphonso Davies (N/A):

Not on long enough to warrant a mark.

Serge Gnabry (N/A):

Only brought on for the final 10 minutes.

Thomas Tuchel (7/10):

Credit where it’s due, Tuchel’s team began brightly and he also managed to lift them during the break, thanks in no small part to switching his wingers around, which resulted in a stirring start to the second half. Also did a great job nullifying Bellingham but, unfortunately, Kim cost him a vital victory.


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