Dashed dreams of La Decima: Real Madrid's 11 years of hurt in Europe
2006/07 (Round of 16 vs Bayern Munich)
Score: Real Madrid 3-2 Bayern Munich; Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid (5-5 on aggregate; Bayern Munich win on away goals)
La Liga position: 1st
Any other business? Real won the league title from Barcelona on head-to-head results, having beaten them at home and drawn away.
Delight at having beaten his old club didn’t stop Capello taking the job for a second time when it came up before 2006/07. He wouldn’t last long, despite edging a breathless title race, and his inability to come out on the right side of an equally fine margin in the Champions League didn’t help his cause. Playing with an abandon that came all too rarely for president Ramon Calderon – they had scored just five in the previous 10 games – Real were 3-1 up at half-time of their Round of 16 first leg against Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Bayern. Two close-range goals from Raul sandwiched a reply from Lucio, Ruud van Nistelrooy proceeding to put them firmly in command. Not for the first time, though, a late goal conceded at home would prove critical; Mark van Bommel thrashing a half-volley in after 87 minutes.
Within just 11 seconds of the second leg’s kick-off, Roy Makaay had underlined the point. Lucio headed in his second goal of the tie after the break and, while a Van Nistelrooy penalty made for a tense final seven minutes, Real left with the feeling that they had been the architects of their own downfall yet again.
Skip to 2:42 for the goal