Karim Benzema of Real Madrid scores the opening goal against Bayern Munich in the Champions League (Getty Images)

A Karim Benzema goal was enough to clinch a victory at Santiago Bernabeu against Champions League holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of the semi-final. Bayern Munich shared the lion’s share of possession but could not score the away goal that would have given them an edge for the return leg at the Allianz Arena.

The intense battle between the two powerhouses was evident as both sides kept trying to open up each other’s defence. Bayern Munich were content with the ball at their feet but failed to find an outlet. On the other hand Real Madrid sat back waiting to counter-attack the German side.

That’s exactly where the priceless winner came from. Karim Benzema finished off a lightning counter attack on 19 minutes when he converted Fabio Coentrao’s low cross from the left. Madrid kept looking threatening on the break and could have extended their lead had Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria scored later on.

Pep Guardiola’s men continued to press late on and almost levelled when Mario Goetze fizzed a volley straight at Iker Casillas five minutes from time. Guardiola sees his first loss at the Santiago Bernabeu as a manager.