Champions League semi-final
Penny for your thoughts: FC Bayern München will not be defending their UEFA Champions League crown in
Real did not sit as deeply as they had in the first leg and denied Bayern the space to develop their passing game.
Bayern went into the game at the Allianz Arena needing to score twice, but their task was made a
The defender made it 2-0 on the night just four minutes later when he was inexplicably left unmarked to nod home Angel Di Maria's free-kick from the right
It understandably left Thomas Müller and Co. deflated, but worse was still to come for Bayern before half-time...
...as Cristiano Ronaldo finished of a swift counter-attack in the 34th minute, slotting the ball first time
Bayern refused to give up after the break, with Jerome Boateng here epitomising the team's fighting spirit,
Arjen Robben was Bayern's best hope of a breakthrough, a fact Real coach Carlo Ancelotti
Yet it was not to be for Bayern and a late Ronaldo free-kick added a fourth for Real and compounded a miserable evening for Guardiola, with Real
First leg: Karim Benzema (l.) scored the only goal of the game as Real Madrid CF clinched a narrow 1-0 win on home soil against FC Bayern München in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final
The reigning champions were confident coming into the game, despite a poor run of form in the league,
Franck Ribery (l.) and Co. made the more promising start to proceedings, dominating possession and allowing their hosts little or no time on the ball...
...yet fell behind against the run of play when Karim Benzema (r.) got on the end of Fabio Coentrao's square ball to tap in from six yards out
Pep Guardiola's charges sought about imposing themselves in the final third, but with Madrid defending
Instead it was the hosts who should have added to the scoreline before half-time as Cristiano Ronaldo (l.)
There was little change with Bayern pumping in crosses and Real happy to concede possession
...which saw goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (l.) regularly forced to come to his side's rescue, providing a
However, despite a late flurry of chances, the best of which fell to substitutes Mario Götze (l.) and Thomas Müller, it wasn't