Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, 2012 Champions League Semifinal: First Chance Falls To Benzema

Some attacking play now at the Allianz. with both teams firing in crosses to little effect, but nothing especially threatening to either goal. Toni Kroos has a decent chance to worry Iker Casillas, and his delivery from a forty yard free kick is pretty handy, but Real Madrid just about manage to scramble clear before the ball can get to the likes of Mario Gomez.

At the other end of the pitch Xabi Alonso has come within about six inches of picking out Angel di Maria with an eighty yard crossfield pass that would have made Paul Scholes weep if he wasn't a football robot incapable of tears, but the winger can't quite control and the chance is wasted. Not for long, however - Bayern Munich bizarrely give possession away in their own half and Mesut Ozil is on hand to pass to Karim Benzema, racing through on goal. His first-time shot is batted behind for a corner by Manuel Neuer. Said corner comes to nothing. First chance to Real, but it's 0-0 still.

We have live coverage of the game in our Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League StoryStream. For more on the two teams, head over to Bayern Munich blog Bavarian Football Works and Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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