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Vinicius Jr gives Real Madrid a 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals


Vinicius Jr. scored twice for Real Madrid in their 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday.

Bayern dominated, but Madrid held on, and the tie is still open ahead of the second leg in Madrid on 8 May.

Focused on the return of England stars Harry Kane and Jude Bellingham, as well as Toni Kroos to his former side, Vinicius emerged as the decisive figure on a night when his bright green boots were often obscured.

The Brazil forward opened the scoring against the run in the 24th minute and equalized in the 83rd minute with a calmly taken penalty after Leroy Sane and Kane scored for Bayern.

Kane's goal, another penalty, was the England forward's 43rd goal in 43 games for Bayern this season.

The winners of the two-legged semi-finals will play either Borussia Dortmund or Paris Saint-Germain in the final in London on June 1.

Bayern dominated early on. An effort from Andrii Lunin was saved in the first minute and the hosts missed a number of chances.

Almost 20 minutes passed before Madrid enjoyed a period with the ball.

Kroos then saw the run of Vinicius and played the perfect ball past Manuel Neuer in the Bayern goal to sweep the visitors' first real chance.

Bayern lost their early energy as the visitors saw more of the ball. Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel gestured wildly for his players to step forward, then raised his arms in exasperation.

Kane went closest with a free kick before the break, awarded for a foul on Jamal Musiala, who rubbed his bandaged left leg gently. The Germany forward has just recovered from a knee problem.

Sane equalized in the 53rd when Ferland cut inside Mendy before running at the Madrid defense and curling a terrific strike just inside the near post.

Kane made it 2-1 with a penalty four minutes later after Lucas Vazquez bundled over Musiala.

That wasn't the last penalty as Kim Min-jae brought down Rodrigo. Vinicius duly equalized from the spot.

Reporting by the Associated Press.

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