[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Karim Benzema
's goal in the 19th minute gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win over defending champion Bayern
Munich in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semifinal, but it may not be enough to get the nine-time champions to the final for the first time in 12 years against Bayern, which had a huge
edge in possession.
Real Madrid had other chances in the first half from Cristiano Ronaldo
and Angel Di
but could not add to its lead.
Bayern had a 64-36 percent edge in possession and completed more than twice as many passes (841-410), but its only real chance came late when
was denied by Iker Casillas
from close range.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti
said the result was a good one, considering Ronaldo was not at full strength. He missed the last four games with knee and thigh muscle problems and left in the 73rd
"We did not want to run any risks and tire out the muscle," Ancelotti said. "Cristiano played well. He wasn't at 100 percent but he sacrificed himself a lot and on Tuesday he will
be better, just like [Gareth] Bale
. We are happy to have him [Ronaldo] back. He worked very hard to help the team."