Real Madrid will take a narrow lead to Germany for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final thanks to a first-half goal from Karim Benzema.

Benzema scored against the run of play as Madrid extended their unbeaten home record in the competition to 18 games.

No side has successfully defended the Champions League title and Bayern have work to do to end that record after failing to threaten an away goal.

Pep Guardiola's side had most of the ball but Real spurned several chances.

Analysis

"Real Madrid absorbed a lot of possession after Bayern completely dominated the game but the fact they didn't have their shooting boots on has probably cost them a good result.

"You have to give credit to Real because they have worked very hard and could have scored three goals themselves. Bayern at home are very strong so this tie is very finely balanced.

"It's not often you can say Bayern have been wasteful in the final third, but tonight it didn't happen for them. Up to the final third they were definitely the stronger side. It is all set up for a very exciting second leg."

Cristiano Ronaldo was among those who missed potentially vital opportunities for Real, who had lost four of their five previous semi-finals against Bayern, after returning from injury.

Gareth Bale was only fit enough to start on the bench following a bout of flu, and he had to watch Bayern dominate the first half to such an extent they had 80% of possession.

Yet for all that, the best chances came Real's way and they could have virtually put the tie to bed before the break had they been more clinical in front of goal.

Not that there was any lack of cutting edge in the way they opened up Bayern to take the lead.

The visitors might have thought they were about to take the lead when Toni Kroos met Mario Mandzukic's downward header with a goalbound volley. But Pepe got in the way to make the block and Real broke away with devastating effect as Ronaldo released Fabio Coentrao with perfect pass.

His low cross was perfect for Benzema to side-foot home his 24th goal of the season and 17th in Champions League games for Real.

Lineker pins hopes on a goal

After promising at half-time to get his ears pinned back if the scoreline between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich remained 1-0, former England striker Gary Lineker tweeted: "Oops! My big mouth has done for my big ears!"

Benzema then turned provider as Bayern were caught out again on the break but Ronaldo failed to keep his effort down from 15 yards.

Bayern's defending was alarming at times and when Isco's deep cross eluded everyone just before the break, Angel Di Maria should have punished them again but he volleyed wastefully over the top from the corner of the six-yard box.

The second half started in similar vein with Bayern seeing almost all of the ball but with Ronaldo getting a sight of goal with an angled shot which was saved by Manuel Neuer.

The Portuguese, who had missed the previous four games with a hamstring injury, tested Neuer again from a rare Madrid attack before making way for Bale with 17 minutes remaining.

How the game was won and lost

  • Real Madrid had just 20% of possession in the first half and 37% in the second.
  • Real Madrid had five shots on target to Bayern's four.
  • Bayern won 15 corners to Real's three.
  • Bayern made 705 passes to to 276 from Real Madrid.
  • Source: Opta stats

Bale's last game had seen him score Madrid's stunning winner in the Copa Del Rey final and the Wales international helped give his side some late attacking threat.

But Bayern came closest to scoring with six minutes to go when Mario Gotze was picked out by Thomas Muller. The substitute had only Iker Casillas to beat from eight yards out but could not find a way past the Madrid captain, who made a fine save diving to his right.

Muller then claimed a late penalty when he went down as he was about to shoot but English referee Howard Webb waved away his appeal.

Madrid held on and must hope their missed chances do not prove costly as they hope to repeat their sole semi-final success over Bayern in 2000, which led to the eighth of their nine European titles.

The winners will play either Chelsea or Atletico Madrid, who drew their semi-final first leg 0-0, in the final in Lisbon on 24 May.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 01 Casillas
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 19 Modric
  • 03 Pepe (Varane - 73' )
  • 04 Ramos
  • 22 Di María
  • 14 Alonso
  • 07 Ronaldo (Bale - 73' )
  • 09 Benzema
  • 23 Isco Booked (Illarramendi - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Varane
  • 11 Bale
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 21 Morata
  • 24 Illarramendi
  • 25 López

Bayern Munich

  • 01 Neuer
  • 13 Rafinha (Javi Martínez - 66' )
  • 27 Alaba
  • 39 Kroos
  • 17 Boateng
  • 04 Dante
  • 10 Robben
  • 21 Lahm
  • 09 Mandzukic
  • 31 Schweinsteiger (Müller - 74' )
  • 07 Ribéry (Götze - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Javi Martínez
  • 14 Pizarro
  • 19 Götze
  • 23 Weiser
  • 25 Müller
  • 29 Zingerle
  • 32 Raeder
Ref: Howard Webb

Match Stats

Shots

9 18

On target

5 4

Corners

3 15

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 1, FC Bayern München 0.

90:00 +4:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, FC Bayern München 0.

90:00 +4:00

Attempt blocked. Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:57

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philipp Lahm with a cross.

87:01

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

87:01

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:52

Attempt missed. Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philipp Lahm with a cross following a corner.

83:37

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Iker Casillas.

83:35

Attempt saved. Mario Götze (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

83:06

Offside, Real Madrid. Iker Casillas tries a through ball, but Luka Modric is caught offside.

82:22

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Dante.

81:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Isco.

80:25

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

80:18

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Götze.

77:29

Attempt missed. Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

75:02

Hand ball by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Bayern München. Thomas Müller replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger.

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

72:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

72:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Raphael Varane replaces Pepe because of an injury.

71:40

Delay in match Pepe (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

71:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mario Götze replaces Franck Ribéry.

70:55

Attempt missed. Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dante with a cross.

69:54

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

69:38

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

68:44

Hand ball by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

67:46

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Neuer.

67:44

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

67:37

Foul by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

67:37

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

65:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Bayern München. Javi Martínez replaces Rafinha.

62:17

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München).

62:17

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

60:12

Foul by Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München).

60:12

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:50

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Xabi Alonso.

59:00

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:00

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

58:37

Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

57:19

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Arjen Robben following a set piece situation.

56:40 Booking

Booking Isco (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

56:34

Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

55:00

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

55:00

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

54:25

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

50:21

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Iker Casillas.

47:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:59

Delay in match Pepe (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

46:40

Foul by Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München).

46:40

Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:22

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

45:52

Offside, Real Madrid. Fábio Coentrão tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 1, FC Bayern München 0.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 1, FC Bayern München 0.

45:00 +0:23

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jerome Boateng.

45:00 +0:21

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

43:58

Offside, FC Bayern München. Philipp Lahm tries a through ball, but Franck Ribéry is caught offside.

40:23

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Isco with a cross.

39:26

Attempt missed. Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right. Assisted by Rafinha with a through ball.

38:21

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

38:09

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

37:48

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

35:16

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

32:13

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

32:11

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

30:56

Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:56

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

27:53

Foul by Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München).

27:53

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:10

Offside, FC Bayern München. Arjen Robben tries a through ball, but Rafinha is caught offside.

25:43

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

24:01

Attempt saved. Dante (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:41

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

22:41

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

22:04

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

19:35

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

18:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, FC Bayern München 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fábio Coentrão.

17:46

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a headed pass.

16:15

Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:15

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

15:31

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:31

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

15:13

Offside, Real Madrid. Fábio Coentrão tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

14:30

Foul by Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München).

14:30

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:37

Attempt saved. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross.

13:06

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

13:01

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

12:12

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

11:03

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:03

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

9:45

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

7:51

Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:51

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

7:26

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

7:26

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:56

Offside, FC Bayern München. Philipp Lahm tries a through ball, but Arjen Robben is caught offside.

4:57

Foul by Rafinha (FC Bayern München).

4:57

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:49

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Arjen Robben.

3:55

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

2:32

Foul by Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München).

2:32

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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