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  • Benzema strike gives Real edge over holders Bayern

    Benzema strike gives Real edge over holders Bayern

    Reuters
    Benzema strike gives Real edge over holders Bayern

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid struck early through Karim Benzema and comfortably held Bayern Munich at bay to beat the holders 1-0 on Wednesday and move a step closer to a first Champions League final in 12 years. Chasing a record-extending 10th European crown, Real were content to cede possession to the slick Bundesliga champions in the semi-final, first leg and created much the better chances with a series of trademark counter attacks. Benzema’s 19th-minute goal came from …

  • Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale

    Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale

    Reuters
    Ancelotti happy as Real thrive without much from Ronaldo, Bale

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised his team for beating holders Bayern Munich in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg without their two biggest names taking a leading role. Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in this season's competition, struggled after returning from injury and record signing Gareth Bale only played the final 20 minutes following a bout of flu. Karim Benzema scored the winner in the 19th minute at the Bernabeu, setting Real …

  • Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern

    Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern

    Associated Press
    Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern

    MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid hopes a narrow home win put it in position to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002. …

  • There is no better team than Real Madrid, admits Guardiola

    There is no better team than Real Madrid, admits Guardiola

    GOAL.com
    There is no better team than Real Madrid, admits Guardiola

    The ex-Barcelona boss was unable to continue his excellent record at Santiago Bernabeu but insists he was proud of his players despite their defeat …

  • Ancelotti: Bayern’s slow pace suited Real Madrid

    Ancelotti: Bayern’s slow pace suited Real Madrid

    GOAL.com
    Ancelotti: Bayern’s slow pace suited Real Madrid

    The Italian believes the Champions League holders played into his side's hands and praised Cristiano Ronaldo for his efforts upon his return from injury …