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Real Madrid slip to defeat against Bayern

MATCH REPORT. 08/04/2022. Rodrigo Salamanca. Photographer: Víctor Carretero

The Whites will now face either Maccabi or Anadolu Efes in the EuroLeague playoffs.

Real Madrid were unable to claim victory in the last round of the EuroLeague regular season. The Whites, who won the first three quarters after some sublime three-point shooting (18), could not prevent Bayern Munich from turning the match around in the final ten minutes of play. The result means that Pablo Laso’s men finish the competition in fourth place and will go head-to-head with either Maccabi or Anadolu Efes with home court advantage in their favour. Deck was the team’s standout player (PIR of 17).
 
Real Madrid began the matchup at the WiZink Center on the front foot, as the hosts showed great precision from the perimeter, to string together a 12-5 run courtesy of four consecutive three-pointers (Causeur (2), Deck and Abalde). The Germans then began to play at a higher intensity to get to within two points through Radosevic, Sisko and Hunter. But Deck, with five points, three rebounds and two steals, spearheaded his side as Madrid pulled clear at the end of the first quarter (24-15).
 
Laso's charges continued to perform well from 6.75 metres and, through Randolph, Taylor and Llull, they managed to establish a nine-point lead. Nonetheless, Bayern looked to counter in response to the hosts' turnovers and thanks to Sisko's efficiency in the paint, but the German assault proved to be insufficient. Madrid bossed the game comfortably. Causeur (9 points), Deck, Abalde, Rudy and Goss upped the tempo and upped Laso's side's offensive prowess to open up a 19-point gap. The hosts went in at half-time with the score at 52-34.

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Bayern came out a different side after the break, as the visitors looked to reduce the deficit.  Rubit, Jaramaz and Obst brought the Germans to 61-48, but they couldn’t stop the response from the madridistas, who again did the damage from the three-point line. Llull (10 points) led the Whites, as a high-scoring third quarter ended (23-25).
 
The visitors turn the game around
Trinchieri's charges sought to mount a comeback in the final quarter and, in the 35th minute, they pulled within two points courtesy of three-pointers from Obst and Thomas (11 points). As the seconds ticked by, Madrid struggled to find their rhythm of the previous quarters. Two back-to-back three-pointers from Bayern lifted the Germans into the lead for the first time in the contest with two minutes to go (82-86). Ultimately, the visitors secured the win at the WiZink Center after a 13-38 run in the last ten minutes.

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