Real Madrid held on to win 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening in the Uefa Champions League first leg semi-final. Los Blancos will take a one goal advantage into the second leg encounter at the Allianz Arena next week. In 2000 Real won against Bayern and went on to win the trophy and Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping that this proves to be a positive omen for his men.
However, the following year the German side beat Madrid to go on and win the title. It is therefore no surprise this encounter is dubbed as the one to decide where the title will go. As expected the match kicked off with a high tempo resulting in Ancelotti’s men opening the scoring as early as the 19th minute through Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman tapped in from close range assisted by Fabio Coentrao to give Madrid a thin 1-0 advantage. Cristiano Ronaldo failed in numerous attempts to increase Madrid’s lead. Fortunately his defensive teammates managed to keep the slick-passing Bayern at bay to send Madrid to the break with their noses in front.
Pep Guardiola’s side piled more pressure on their opponents in their quest to level matters but the goal was hard to come by. Thomas Muller made room for a shot but sent his shot wide and over the bar in the 80th minute as Iker Casillas remained unbeaten following another great save from the shot stopper in the 83rd minute.
Guardiola’s men dominated the proceedings in the second half only failing to have something to show for it. Bayern tried to claw their way back into the match but Madrid were always alert to the danger. In the end both teams produced a brilliant performance but only the home side took something to smile about into the second leg as they won the match 1-0 and put one foot into their first Champions League final since 2002.