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Half-Time Report: Real Madrid, Manchester United level at the break

Real Madrid and Manchester United end the first half 1-1 in tonight's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid and Manchester United have ended the first half 1-1 in tonight's Champions League last-16 first-leg tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Danny Welbeck gave the away side the lead in the 20th minute before Cristiano Ronaldo headed Madrid level against his former club.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo crosses during his team's match with Manchester United on February 13, 2013© AP Photos

The Spaniards nearly took the lead in the opening five minutes, but David de Gea pushed Fabio Coentrao's effort onto the post.

The home side continued to dominate during the early stages as United looked to break on the counter-attack.

However, the visitors scored a vital away goal in the 20th minute when Welbeck worked himself some space in the area to head in Wayne Rooney's corner.

Manchester United's Danny Welbeck scores his side's first goal against Real Madrid on February 13, 2013© AP Photos

Madrid tested De Gea again soon after, only for the goalkeeper to push Angel di Maria's low drive around the post.

They were rewarded for their persistence with half an hour played as Ronaldo leapt above Patrice Evra to head in powerfully.

Welbeck then failed to convert on the stretch before De Gea denied Mesut Ozil.

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