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Holders Real Madrid came from a goal down to snatch a precious 2-1 victory at wasteful Bayern Munich on Wednesday and carry a considerable advantage into their Champions League semi-final second leg in Spain.

Bayern Munich was the latest opponent to be on the wrong end of deja vu. Just as the Bavarians did last year at the quarterfinal stage, they did this year in the semis.

They fell 2-1 against the run of play in the first leg at home, and left themselves needing the victory in Madrid to put an end to Real’s unprecedented run.

A perfect break allowed Real substitute Marco Asensio to beat Sven Ulreich with a fine effort and grab the winner in the 57th minute.

Bayern was, for large chunks of the 90 minutes, the better team. But it squandered opportunities. Los Blancos took theirs.

And they responded to Joshua Kimmich’s opener with two goals of their own to put themselves in position to advance to a fourth Champions League final in five years.

Bayern was on top for a solid 20 minutes toward the end of the first half. But Marcelo, after a spacey 44 minutes, stunned the Allianz Arena to bring the Real level.

And with Bayern still seemingly in control in the second half, Real pounced on a Rafinha giveaway.

Lucas Vazquez, a surprise starter, and Marco Asensio, a second-half sub tasked with quelling Bayern’s constant attacks, combined to give Madrid a lead.

The result was identical to last year’s quarter-final first leg between the teams before Real won the return game as well on the way to the first successful Champions League title defense.

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