Benzema guides Madrid to 1-0 win over Bayern

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema (L) vies with Bayern Munich’s midfielder Toni Kroos during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg in Madrid on April 23, 2014. (AFP)

Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over title holder Bayern Munich Wednesday and a slight advantage in their Champions League semifinal.

Madrid endured plenty of pressure in the first leg match, but scored from a 19th-minute counter-attack when Cristiano Ronaldo found Fabio Coentrao speeding down left to cross into the box for Benzema to tap beyond goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Ronaldo returned from a left leg injury but missed a number of scoring opportunities, while Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas denied substitute Mario Goetze in the 84th.

Nine-time champion Madrid will rue a number of missed opportunities to extend its lead going into Tuesday's return leg. Madrid wants to end a three-season semifinal losing streak and reach the final for the first time since winning in 2002.

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