When Real Madrid lock horns with Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, some of the finest talents in world soccer will again go head-to-head. Featuring many of the players who are expected to star at Euro 2012, it is a mouth-watering prospect for which last week's first-leg was merely an hors d'oeuvre.
A Bayern side featuring the likes of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger may have gotten the better of the first-leg, but a Real tem packed with talent like Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil and Karim Benzema is unlikely to go down without one huge fight back in Madrid.
It is a match with huge motivations for both squads. Having dethroned Barcelona in La Liga, Real are looking to do likewise in Europe to firmly end their fierce rival's rein of dominance. Bayern, meanwhile, are desperate for the chance to lift the Champions League in their home stadium when the final takes place in the Allianz Arena next month.
It will likely be a match decided by fine margins, with the performances on the night of individuals integral to a team's success or failure. Here is a look at three players from Real and three from Bayern upon which the fate of this semi-final could rest greatest.