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On this week’s main listening report we preview the Champions League Semi-final second legs that are both delicately poised: Real Madrid face Bayern Munich while on Tuesday Barcelona host Chelsea. You can listen to the report by clicking on the link below, while vocabulary support (in bold) appears at the foot of the report. There is also a worksheet (see right) for learners who wish to improve their English.
Barcelona vs Chelsea
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich
The second semi-final also saw a Spanish side defeated – this time Madrid were beaten by a late goal from German international Mario Gomez to give Bayern Munch a deserved 2-1 lead. Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was not too downbeat after the game as his side has a valuable away goal meaning that a 1-0 victory in Madrid next week would be enough to secure a place in the final but the Madrid coach also knows that if his side fails to progress to the final then his tenure in Madrid could be over. The fact that this season’s final will take place in Bayern’s home stadium is an added incentive for the Bavarian side and they will be quietly confident of scoring an away goal which would mean that Real would need at least three goals to win.
Before the first leg matches most football fans were predicting an all-Spanish final, a clasico, but after the first legs it is the underdogs – a strange term to describe Chelsea or Bayern – who have the upper hand. Will that still be the case by next week?
has retained: Has won the title again, two years in a row
to come from behind: To win a match after going down (losing)
exacting revenge: To gain revenge
the Nou Camp: The home stadium of Barcelona
pundits: Experts about football
downbeat: Disheartened, disappointed
his tenure: His reign, his time as manager
an added incentive: More motivation
the Bavarian side: Bayern Munich