Apr 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
Benzema (19')
Isco (57')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Half-Time Report: Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid lead

An early goal from Karim Benzema gives Real Madrid a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich at half time in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Karim Benzema has given Real Madrid a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich at half time in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Bayern Munchen at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2014© Getty Images

There were few chances early on as the defending champions tried to control possession, while an Angel di Maria run for the hosts was blocked by David Alaba.

The visitors came close to opening the scoring after a quarter of an hour when Arjen Robben created some space on the edge of the box before sending the ball towards goal, but his effort was off target.

Real were able to capitalise just a few minutes later when Fabio Coentrao picked out Benzema with a low cross, giving the striker a simple tap-in from close range.

Cristiano Ronaldo almost doubled their lead shortly after as he tried to head in from a Di Maria delivery, but his finish went straight into the hands of Manuel Neuer.

The Bundesliga champions had a couple of half-chances shortly before the break, but Robben saw his effort blocked before Pepe cleared a Franck Ribery cross.

Di Maria had another chance to add the hosts' second just before the half-time whistle as he found himself unmarked inside the box, but he sliced his shot high and wide to leave the Spanish side just one goal up at the break.

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