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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 20:36 GMT 21:36 UK
Anelka sparks Real celebrations

Real scorers: Jeremies (left) and Anelka
Real Madrid 2-0 Bayern Munich

Nicolas Anelka reminded Real Madrid's fans why their club had spent 23m on him by scoring, and then providing Bayern with an uncomfortable visit to the Spanish capital.

The former Arsenal striker's fourth minute opener set the tone for this Champions League semi-final first leg.

And Jens Jeremies' own goal after just half an hour gave Real a two-goal cushion for next week's second leg in Munich.

Despite a second half improvement, last year's beaten finalists could not prize open the home defence to gather an all-important away goal.

Key moments
4 mins: Anelka surges clear and finishes spectacularly
33: Jeremies puts ball into own net
87: Fink wastes Bayern's best chance at a corner
Real, the conquerors of Manchester United, started with an attacking line up.

Old Trafford matchwinner Raul and Steve McManaman began behind strikers Anelka and Fernando Morientes.

McManaman was at the heart of their attacking intentions from the start when he ran into the box on the left and floated over a ball which just eluded Morientes.

But their major threat was the searing pace of Anelka, who was prepared to chase long balls at every opportunity.

Despite some well-publicised misgivings about their controversial striker, the other Real players were more than prepared to use his abilities to the full with testing balls behind the Bayern backline.

One crucial, early pass saw the Frenchman surge clear of a static defence before finishing the chance brilliantly as Bayern keeper Oliver Kahn went to ground.

Raul in an aerial battle with Tarnat

After the goal a last ditch challenge from Markus Babbel stopped a second dangerous Anelka run before Thomas Linke cleared the danger after another.

Anelka's compatriot Bixente Lizarazu then fouled the striker on the edge of the area as he charged into the danger area yet again.

Brazil's Roberto Carlos then fired the resulting free kick into the body of his own fellow countryman Paulo Sergio in the Bayern wall.

The visitors were creating very little although Paulo Sergio blasted straight at Real keeper Iker Casillas, and Michael Tarnat was no more than a metre wide from 40 yards after a free kick.

But the first half was all about Real Madrid, and as at Old Trafford in their recent win over last year's champions the Madrid side benefitted from an own goal.

Elber (left) put one header over the bar

After McManaman's run and cross-field ball, Raul superbly played in Michel Salgado, who ran with great purpose into the box as Kahn charged out.

Jeremies tried to tackle him but succeeded only in tapping the ball into the empty net.

In the second half Michael Weisinger replaced Tarnat as Bayern went looking for an away goal to alter the balance of the tie.

Giovanni Elber came close with a header as did Paulo Sergio as the Munich side began to create chances. Torsten Fink wasted the best one from a corner three minutes from the end.

But Real still created the more clear-cut opportunities thanks mainly to the creative input of Raul.

Late chances

Kahn came smartly off his line to deny Morientes before Lizerazu helped the keeper deny Anelka.

Towards the end Savio stung Kahn's fingertips with one drive from the edge of the area, and former Liverpool star McManaman was denied by future Anfield player Babbel.

The German defender will leave Munich for Merseyside in the summer, and hopes to have a European Cup-winners medal to show for his efforts.

But Bayern will have to play better than this next Tuesday, if they are to return to the final for a second year in succession.


Real Madrid: Casillas, Salgado, Carlos, Redondo, Raul, McManaman, Morientes, Campo, Helguera, Karanka, Anelka. Subs: Illgner, Savio, Baljic, Geremi, Karembeu, Julio Cesar, Ognjenovic.

Bayern Munich: Kahn, Babbel, Lizarazu, Scholl, Elber, Sergio, Jeremies, Fink, Tarnat, Salihamidzic, Linke. Subs: Dreher, Kuffour, Andersson, Weisinger, Strunz, Jancker, Santa Cruz.

Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)

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