Martin Rose

Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, 2014 UEFA Champions League: Advantage to Los Merengues

Real Madrid head to Germany with a 1-0 lead after a solid performance at the Santiago Bernabeu. A one-goal deficit is manageable for Bayern Munich, but they'll be disappointed that they couldn't snag an away goal.

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Real Madrid snatch 1-0 win over Bayern

Karim Benzema's first half goal was enough for Real Madrid to down Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

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Benzema makes it 1-0

Real Madrid were on the back foot, giving the ball away constantly and looking completely out of their element during the first 18 minutes of their match with Bayern Munich. They weren't putting together effective counters and looked like they could concede at any time.

Then, out of absolutely nowhere, they put together this attack to set up Karim Benzema for the opening goal of their Champions League tie.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who was close to missing out on this match due to multiple injuries, was integral in the setup with his pass to Fabio Coentrao. But while that was impressive -- along with Benzema's run -- Coentrao's cross is what makes this goal. It had to be perfect to beat two defenders, and it was.

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Fans flood the streets outside Bernabeu

The streets of Madrid are a nice place for a pre-game party.

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Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich: Lineups

Isco starts ahead of Gareth Bale for Real Madrid, while Bayern's Rafinha gets the nod over Javi Martínez.

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How to watch Bayern-Madrid

It's time for the Bernabeu's biggest nemesis to return.

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The two best in the world clash

The second Champions League semifinal kicks off at the Bernabéu on Wednesday, with Real Madrid hosting reigning champions Bayern Munich.

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