Bayern's dream start almost becomes a nightmare

Fußball Arena München, Munich – 07/03/2007 – Round of 16
Bayern
Bayern
Makaay 1 Lúcio 66
2 - 1
Real Madrid
  • Van Nistelrooy 83 (P)
Real Madrid
Edge of the seat

"Before we knew it, the ball was in the net." Roy Makaay

2006/07

• Roy Makaay struck the fastest goal in the competition's history – after 10.12 seconds – during the second leg of FC Bayern München's round of 16 tie against Real Madrid CF in Germany.

• At 38 years and 332 days, Paolo Maldini became the oldest titleholder in UEFA Champions League history as Italian side AC Milan won the competition for a record-equalling third time.

• FC Spartak Moskva (22) and AEK Athens FC (21) ended the longest winless runs in the competition's history, respectively beating Sporting Clube de Portugal 3-1 and LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0.

Roy Makaay scored the fastest-ever goal in the UEFA Champions League as FC Bayern München overturned Real Madrid CF's 3-2 first-leg advantage to book a place in the quarter-finals.

Bayern had been slow starters in the 2006/07 competition, but here Makaay broke the deadlock after 10.12 seconds to leave Madrid reeling, a blow from which they never fully recovered. Lúcio doubled the lead in the second half and although Ruud van Nistelrooy made it 2-1 with a penalty after Mahamadou Diarra and Mark van Bommel had been dismissed, Bayern progressed on away goals.

From the kick-off the ball was played to Roberto Carlos but the Brazilian's touch was poor, allowing Hasan Salihamidžić to capitalise. The midfielder quickly threaded a square pass through to Makaay, who swept past Iker Casillas to leave Madrid shell-shocked.

The visitors sought to regroup but their tenacious midfield triumvirate of Diarra, Emerson and Fernando Gago struggled to find a balance and Bayern could have been three goals to the good by the half-hour mark. Lukas Podolski's weak effort was saved by Casillas, who had to work a little harder to repel Makaay after he was released by Van Bommel.

Bastian Schweinsteiger fired just wide from the resulting corner and Fabio Capello had seen enough, replacing Emerson with Guti, a player more comfortable in possession. The Merengues finished the half on the offensive with Guti, Raúl González and Van Nistelrooy all going close.

The second half, though, almost started the same way as the first. Dropping into midfield, Podolski found Van Bommel with a perfectly-weighted pass and only a fine Casillas stop denied Bayern a second. At the other end Oliver Kahn was largely anonymous, and although he had to push one Van Nistelrooy header wide, it was Bayern who looked the more likely scorers.

The hosts duly added to their advantage midway through the period when Lúcio nodded in Willy Sagnol's corner. There was more drama as Diarra and Van Bommel were dismissed before Van Nistelrooy gave Madrid hope seven minutes from time, slotting in from the spot after Lúcio had tripped Robinho.

Star players

  • Schweinsteiger

    Formerly an attacking winger, Schweinsteiger has morphed into a holding midfielder par excellence. A one-club man, he has won five Bundesliga titles with FC Bayern München and helped them to the finals of the UEFA Champions League in 2010 and 2012. 'Basti' – or 'Schweinsteiginho' to Chancellor Angela Merkel – has also represented Germany at five successive major tournaments, including UEFA EURO 2008 final where they lost to Spain.

  • Lahm

    Aside from a spell on loan at VfB Stuttgart, Lahm has been an FC Bayern München stalwart since his club debut in 2005. Equally adept as a full-back on either flank, he is a long-time captain of Bayern and Germany. Lahm has won the league and cup double three times, and was a losing finalist in the UEFA Champions League in 2010 and 2012. He has played at five successive major tournaments for Germany.

  • Van Nistelrooy

    UEFA Champions League top scorer three times, Van Nistelrooy's joint record of 12 goals in a single season stood until Lionel Messi struck 14 in 2011/12. The Netherlands striker was a prolific marksman in the Eredivisie, Premier League and Spanish Liga, winning titles with PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC – who he joined in April 2001 for a then British record €30m transfer fee – and Real Madrid CF.

What happened next?

• FC Bayern München drew 2-2 at AC Milan in the first leg of their quarter-final tie but went down 2-0 in the return to bow out with a 4-2 aggregate defeat.

• Bayern suffered more disappointment in the Bundesliga, finishing fourth, ten points behind champions VfB Stuttgart, and missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification.

• Conversely, Real Madrid CF won ten of their last 12 Liga fixtures in Spain, to pip rivals FC Barcelona to the title by virtue of their superior head-to-head record.

• Despite that Liga triumph – Madrid's first in four years – coach Fabio Capello was dismissed in summer 2007. He was appointed England manager later that year.

• Bayern reached two UEFA Champions League finals over the next five seasons, losing 2-0 to FC Internazionale Milano in 2010 and on a penalty shoot-out against Chelsea FC in 2012.

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