Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. (All AFP images)
The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao's cross on 19 minutes and Real Madrid's advantage could have been even greater had Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria not missed fine chances before the break.
Bayern had the overwhelming majority of possession but failed to convert it into many sights of goal as Iker Casillas' save from Mario Goetze five minutes from time was the only significant stop the Spanish captain was forced into all evening.
Pep Guardiola introduced Javi Martinez, Mario Goetze and Thomas Mueller in the search for an away goal. And it was two of the substitutes who combined to create the visitors' best chance of the night as Mueller's dinked cross found Goetze free inside the area and his low drive was brilliantly saved by Iker Casillas.
"We played with a lot of personality, we had a lot of possession we will have to improve in Munich, but I am very proud," said Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.