Ronaldo Back To Face Bayern

Cristiano Ronaldo will spearhead European champions Real Madrid’s bid to reach a fourth final in five years when they host Bayern Munich on Tuesday (19.45 GMT) – aiming for his 10th goal against the German champions.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are 2-1 ahead after the first leg in Germany, but will be cautious having come close to blowing a three-goal home advantage in the quarter-final.

Juventus led 3-0, 3-3 on aggregate in Spain before Ronaldo broke Italian hearts by converting an injury-time penalty. Incidentally, it is Real’s first and only Champions League defeat in the knockout phase under Zidane, while they have never lost a knockout tie – plus finals – under the Frenchman.

The home side have history on their side at this stage though – no side has ever overturned a 2-1 home first-leg defeat in the competition. Bayern have also lost their last six games against Real – their longest run of defeats against one opponent in European competition.

The Portugal legend was rested for their La Liga clash with Leganes at the weekend, and will face the German champions who are without star winger Arjen Robben.

The former Netherlands international suffered a leg injury in the first 10 minutes of the first leg at the Allianz Arena last Wednesday, and will not be fit.

However, defender David Alaba (thigh) and midfielder Javi Martinez (head) are both expected to return.

Real defender Dani Carvajal is likely to miss out (hamstring), but Isco trained on Monday despite a shoulder injury and is expected to feature.

One other statistic of note in favour of Real – they have scored in each of their last 41 Champions League games at home, last failing to find the net in April 2011 against Barcelona.

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