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

Result: Karim Benzema strike gives Real Madrid first-leg advantage

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scores the only goal in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid have won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich 1-0 thanks to a first-half goal from Karim Benzema.

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

The visitors came close to opening the scoring a quarter of an hour into the tie when Arjen Robben unleashed a strike from the edge of the box, but it drifted just wide of the post.

Real were able to break the deadlock just a couple of minutes later when Fabio Coentrao sent in a low cross for Benzema, who was able to tap the ball home from close range.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was returning from a four-game absence with a knee injury, almost added the home side's second when he tried to head in from an Angel di Maria delivery, but his finish went straight to Manuel Neuer.

Bayern created several half-chances late in the first half as they tried to get back on level terms, but Robben had an effort blocked before Pepe cleared from a Franck Ribery cross.

Both sides looked to create chances early in the second half, with Ronaldo running at the Bayern defence before Luka Modric had to clear from a Ribery cross intended for Toni Kroos.

Bayern dominated the possession, but Iker Casillas remained largely untroubled in the home side's goal for much of the second 45 minutes.

Keen to take a greater lead into the second leg, Carlo Ancelotti brought Gareth Bale on for the final 15 minutes of the tie.

Pep Guardiola also made changes, sending Thomas Muller on late on, and he almost found the equaliser when he powered the ball towards the Real goal, but it crept just wide.

Casillas was called into action with just over five minutes still to play when Mario Gotze managed to round several defenders, but his finish was straight at the Real keeper.

Bayern continued to apply pressure inside the hosts' half in the closing minutes, but Real's midfielders dropped back to help out in defence, preventing them from getting a clear sight at goal.

Bale tried to create a second of the night for the Spanish side on the counter-attack late on, beating Dante with his pace before sending his shot into the side-netting.

Muller appealed for a penalty deep into stoppage time after taking a tumble under a challenge from Xabi Alonso, but Howard Webb did not believe that he was fouled, leaving the defending champions a goal down heading into next week's second leg at the Allianz Arena.

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
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