5 Classic European Cup Clashes Between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid

Bayern Munich face Real Madrid at Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening, in a fixture that has returned some up and down results over the years. 

While both teams have endured very different fortunes in years gone by, they are now two of Europe’s biggest clubs.

In anticipation of this season defining game, here’s five classic clashes between these two teams that had very different impacts on the title.

5. Real Madrid 1-1 Bayern Munich, March 1976

In 1976 the two great aristocrats of European football were drawn against each other in the semi final of the European Cup. The meeting had anything you could possibly want in a football match; a broken nose, a pitch invasion, and some truly calamitous defending.  

Roberto Martinez opened the scoring for Real, but Bayern Munich equalised through Gerd Muller while Madrid were still protesting to the referee about a corner they felt they should have been awarded. 

Roberto Martinez broke his nose in the second half in a collision with Bayern goalkeeper Sepp Maier. Towards the end of the game, Madrid striker Santillana was shoved over in the penalty area, just for the referee to controversially wave play on. 

Incensed by the refereeing decisions a Real Madrid fan evaded police officers and dashed onto the pitch to attack Gerd Muller, and the match official. The situation was a massive embarrassment for Real Madrid, who had long resisted putting up metal cages that many European stadiums had installed.

The game finished 1-1, and Bayern Munich progressed into the final after winning the second leg 2-0. 

4. Bayern Munich 4-1 Real Madrid, April 1987

In 1987 Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were paired together again for the semi finals of 1986/87 Champions Cup. Both teams were leading their respective domestic divisions and were enjoying fine seasons in Europe.

Bayern Munich won the game 4-1 but besides from the emphatic scoreline, the game is notable for the actions of Madrid player Juanito. 

Real were already 3-1 down when Lothar Matthaus bundled into right back Chendo with a cynical two-footed challenge. Chendo jumped to his feet and shoved Matthaus to the floor. 

Juanito charged over, bringing his studs down into Matthaus’s back, in full view of the referee Bob Valentine and then proceeded to lift his right knee once more and brought it down on Matthaus’s jaw. The Madrid forward was unsurprisingly sent off and missed the second leg of the tie, in which Real were eliminated from the competition losing 4-2 on aggregate.

3. Bayern Munich 4-1 Real Madrid, March 2000

13 years on Lothar Mathaus was still on the scene, playing in the centre of a back three for Bayern Munich. 

Mehmet Scholl opened the scoring for Bayern Munich despite being offside by a comically large distance. Giovanni Elber doubled the lead after Fernando Hierro had misjudged a long punt from Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn. 

Real pulled one back but two late goals from Alexander Zickler completed the rout. Bayern won 4-2 at the Bernabeu, meaning they had scored eight goals against Real in the space of just a week.

2. Real Madrid 2-1 Bayern Munich, April 2012

The two sides met again in 2012. The tie finished 3-3 on aggregate after the two legs.

The second leg was hosted by Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. The home side were 2-1 up after 90 minutes, and the game went all the way to penalties. 

Ronaldo stepped up to take the first penalty but it was saved by Manuel Neuer. Casillas then saved from Kroos then of Bayern Munich and Lahm to put the shoot-out level, but then Sergio Ramos blazed his penalty miles over the bar, and that was that. 

1. Real Madrid 4-2 Bayern Munich, April 2017

In another tie riddled with refereeing errors Bayern Munich fell out of the Champions League quarter finals after a Ronaldo hat trick helped Real Madrid to a 4-2 win in extra time.   

Bayern had done well to get themselves back into the tie after coming into the game 2-1 down from the result in the first leg. 

The German team were on top in the game, and had brought the aggregate score back to 3-3. But referee Viktor Kassai sent off Arturo Vidal incorrectly near the end of normal time. 

Salt was rubbed into Bayern Munich wounds when Ronaldo then went on to score two offside goals in the extra time period to send Madrid into the next round.