Madrid take control against Bayern

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Updated: April 24, 2014

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A Karim Benzema goal in the first half shifted the balance in favour of Real Madrid as they beat defending champions Bayern Munich 1-0 in their Champions League first leg semifinal at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real dominated the early exchanges showcasing their counterattacking ability which was evident in their recent win over rivals Barcelona in the Kings Cup final.

Bayern enjoyed most of the play in the second half although it took until the final 10 minutes before the Bavarian champions produced anything of substance that threatened Casillas’ goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo provided the spark for the Real goal in a move that began down the left, the Portuguese superstar providing a ball down the flank for Fabian Coentra0 who drilled the ball across the face for Benzema to tap in from close range in a sharp counterattacking move.

Madrid continued to press, Ronaldo missing a chance in the 26th minute and Di Maria in the 45th, both from close range.

Bayern pressed in the second period, enjoying much of the possession ineffectively until the final 10 minutes when Tomas Muller sent his shot wide of the left post and with 6 minutes remaining Mario Gotze got on the end of stolen possession in the Madrid box, only for Casillas to make the save from point blank range.

The return leg takes place on the 29th of April at the Allianz Arena in Munich.