Madrid clubs back on top in European soccer


Manuel Neuer hands Bayern Munich injury blow as goalkeeper undergoes foot surgery just two weeks before Champions League clash with Real MadridThe 31-year-old had only just returned from injury after missing three Bundesliga fixtures last month.

Cristiano Ronaldo levels for Real on the night but is two metres offside when he receives Sergio Ramos' pass.

Vidal was shown a second yellow card in the 84th minute for a perfectly clean challenge on Marco Asensio, totally changing the complexion of the game as Real, who deserved to be eliminated, went on to score three times in extra time.

Lewandowski, who captains the Polish national squad, stormed into the referee's dressing room after the match accompanied by Spain's Thiago Alcantara and Vidal to express their opinion, Spanish media wrote.

"We had thought of everything going into this game - except the referee", Ancelotti said.

"After 90 minutes, we won 2-1 in Madrid and I have to pay a massive compliment to the team for their performance over the 120 minutes", he added.

Tellingly, Madrid's run of seven semi-finals have come in the eight seasons since Ronaldo joined from Manchester United.

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"Bayern feel the behaviour of the Spanish police is utterly out of place and excessive, and have lodged a complaint with UEFA about the actions of the Spanish police".

Neuer fractured his left foot during his side's 2-4 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid.

"That's football, that's life", defender Jerome Boateng said after the match. Thomas Mueller said he found it hard to blame a referee for a defeat "but today there's no way around it".

"They have told me their second goal was also offside". He came into the series against Bayern in a scoring drought of almost seven months in the European tournament, and had scored only once in his last five Madrid games in all competitions.

He added: "We suffered".

"In the first half we could have put the tie to bed, we had some clear-cut chances and perhaps we paid the price for not taking them after the break. Anything can happen. We talked about other things".

However, Bayern were also beneficiaries from refereeing decisions as they were gifted a non-existent penalty in the first leg and earned another spot-kick in the second meeting which was far from certain.