One game to go
I woke up and looked across, Cristina was already up. She was probably downstairs. I pulled my heavy self out of bed and stood by the side. I looked out the window and unfortunately the rain had continued through the night and it was still raining now. It was still dark and I looked at the time, 6:48 am. I thought about going back to bed but I didn't. I went downstairs to see Cristina. I plodded down the stairs and I saw her standing in the kitchen. She was making lunches for the children, after all they had school today. I walked over to Cristina and kissed her on the cheek,she smiled.
"Did you sleep alright?"
"Yeah, fine thanks. You?"
"I had a really nice night. Do you want anything for breakfast?"
"I'll just have some toast, please".
"OK it will take a couple of minutes."
I got up from my bar stool type seat where the kids have their breakfast and walked over to the white sofa in front of the huge flat screen TV that hangs on our wall. I reached for the remote which lay on the armrest and I turned the TV on. I was greeted with what I wanted: Highlights. I turned quickly and grabbed my favourite pillow and I rested my bald and shiny head against it. I was in complete silence as pictures of the Allianz came onto the screen along with players in sky blue.....
Kick Off: We are underway, Bayern got the better of Man City at the Etihad and can they do it again. The pitch looks a bit frozen today though. It's been a cold night in Munich along with rain. Let's see if anyone can use these conditions to their advantage...
2nd minute: Martinez plays it right to Müller who receives it on the halfway line. He looks across the line and that's a great piece of play by Müller who sees the tackle coming and jinks past it. He gets to the by-line and crosses it deep to VOLLAND, oh he really should've scored there but in the end it was easy for Costel Pantilimon. He needed to generate more power with the header.
6th minute: It's great play by Müller again, he is giving Lescott nightmares. He floats it in and Mandzukic is OH. What a header by Konpany. Mandzukic is a great header of the ball and he would've scored if Kopmany hadn't stretched and knocked it away oh but the danger is not over as Müller has the ball in the box but his shot finds the side netting. Bayern looking dangerous.
8th minute: Volland runs over to take a quick throw, Mandzukic flicks it onto Kroos who let's fly but the shot is charged down by Lescott and comes back out to Müller who oh dear. He had the ball on the penalty spot, more or less a clear sight of goal and he's blazed it high and wide. He really should've hit the back of the net there.
14th minute: Lucas Leiva has played a poor ball to Toure there and Pizarro thinks he can make it..... Oh dear, he's upended Toure and to me it looks like he went in with two feet. This could be very bad news for Bayern......and it is. The referee brandishes the red card and could the game turn on it's head from this point onwards.
22nd minute: Contento gets there before Richards, he puts in a dangerous cross, Mandzukic wins it but it's cleared by Toure, but only as far as MARTINEZ. Great save by Pantilimon. It was hit with power and he got down low to palm it away.
24th minute: Lucas' touch is a heavy won and Kroos has won it and Bayern can break here. Volland takes over, Mandzukic now. He turns and plays a lovely through ball to Thomas Müller, he's in, he has to score.....NO. Lescott comes in with a sliding challenge to dispossess Müller and end Bayern's counter. It was a great tackle but the German wanted to much time and payed the price for it.
31st minute: Müller has the ball on the right and he has lots of time and space as the City defense rush back, he fires it low and OOOOOAAAAAHHHHH. Kompany attempted to put it out for a corner but he smashed it against his own post, the ball is still flying around the box but Pantilimon collects it. City are living dangerously.
"Pep, the toast is ready"
I didn't take my eyes off the screen as I retrieved my breakfast. With great haste I opened the fridge door and grabbed the jam. I then rushed back over to the sofa and sat with a plate. This time I wasn't relaxed. I was sitting on the edge of my seat. Even though I knew the final outcome.
37th minute: Oh and now City have a chance to break, Contento is way out of position and Toure could find him bur he's tackled by Martinez, now Bayern can break. Funnily enough it's now Contento who is in the perfect position to deliver a cross. He know has the ball and he plays it to the edge of the box to Martinez who lifts it over Lescott to Müller and WHAT A SAVE. Pantilimon flew with great speed to the bottom corner of his goal to turn away Müller's volley. Great save.
52nd minute: Volland is running down the center and he sprays it out wide to Müller who is in acres of space. He has time on the wing and looks across. He fires it in.......FINALLY. Mandzukic beats Pantilimon and City finally take the lead. The Romanian had no chance with that one. The striker met the ball just outside the 6 yard box and steered it into the bottom left corner. 1-0.
67th minute: Kompany get's there before Martinez and now Dzeko plays a first time ball to Toure and the midfielder is through he must bring it level and he's skied it. A poor finish by Toure who fired it well over Neuer's cross bar and Bayern can breathe.
At this point I turned off the TV. I knew that we saw the rest of the game through with virtually no more chances and that's why I was pleased. I looked down at my plate and only crumbs remained. I didn't remember eating the toast but I did. I walked back to put the toast away and then I saw the family leaving for school. They closed the door and I ran to the front window to wave them off. The kids saw me and smiled. I was happy today.