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Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich (FT) - Follow the Champions League LIVE
Follow the action at the Santiago Bernabeu with Goal as Real Madrid host Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Join the debate on Facebook and Twitter!

Hosted by Oliver Platt

22:30 BST


There's always next week, which really will be decisive. A cagey game is usually that little bit more gripping when it's all on the line. That's all for tonight - see you then.

22:27 BST


So we've seen Diego Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery in two days... and a grand total of one goal. I think it's fair to say this year's semi-finals won't be matching the 14 goals netted at the same stage last season.

22:22 BST


Thomas Muller, talking to Sky Germany, says: "My feeling was that Real had huge respect. You have to imagine: Real Madrid played in their half, 40 metres ahead of their own goal. It felt like we had 80 per cent of the ball. And yet we could be lucky not to be 2-0 down at half-time.

"I don't think you can blame too little commitment from our side. We have to correct this next week at home with our fans behind us."

22:19 BST


Pep Guardiola, talking to Sky Germany, says: "We lost. It was a difficult game. But there is still a second leg and we will try to get every player in shape for that.

"Madrid has always played like this. They are so quick. The let you play and wait for you to lose the ball. You have to be very neat, very organized. And we did that. I am very, very proud of my team. There is no better team than Madrid and we only lacked a goal. Now we have to score two or three and we will work towards that."

Asked whether he thought his side should have had a penalty for Alonso's challenge on Muller, he replied: "No, I don't think so."

22:13 BST


Who was your pick for man of the match? Benzema, Alonso and Pepe all ranked highly in our player ratings, which you can find at the link below.

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

22:08 BST


Hmm. Bayern's players putting a brave face on that, then, but I don't think Pep Guardiola will be quite as pleased with that display as they are making out.

22:05 BST


Arjen Robben, talking to Sky Germany, says: "They are so dangerous on the counter, you can't lose the ball against them. Like with the goal - we lost the ball, two or three passes and [they scored].

"I have to give a big compliment to the team. We played at the Bernabeu and we were so in control. Of course we can be critical, but I stay positive. We played well today, the only thing missing was a goal."

22:01 BST


Philipp Lahm, talking to Sky Germany, says: "We were missing a little bit of luck. We were in control and we wanted to win. You could see that for 90 minutes.

"We were not surprised at all [by Real Madrid's approach to the match]. We studied them and we knew they were very strong on the counter. We had several good chances to score the important away goal, but it was not meant to be.

"It's nice to come to Madrid and to be able to dictate the game here. I don't remember that Bayern Munich dominated here like this before. Of course we wished for a better result, but we can still do this at home."

21:57 BST


21:52 BST



OptaJoe tweets: "3 - Bayern have been eliminated in the last three Champions League/European Cup semi-finals where they've lost the opening leg. Ominous."

21:49 BST


A poor performance overall from Bayern Munich, but it's worth remembering they didn't exactly dazzle at Old Trafford and progressed through that tie fairly easily in the end. Real Madrid also had big problems away from home against Borussia Dortmund, though maybe complacency set in a touch there.

21:44 BST


Thoughts and feelings from the Goal crew...

Carlo Garganese tweets: "Bayern finally showed some champions' spirit at the end, but a deserved win for Madrid. All to play for in second leg."

Ben Hayward tweets: "Probably about right that result. Madrid could have done with another and will need to improve on their Dortmund display. Still wide open.

"That was Pep Guardiola's first defeat as coach at the Bernabeu. Before tonight, he had won five and drawn two away to Real Madrid."

21:41 BST



OptaJoe tweets: "6 - Bayern Munich have lost their last six Champions League games at the Bernabeu (including the 2010 final vs Inter). Hoodoo."

21:39 BST


Modric - of all people - clears the last attack with a brilliant diving header and Real Madrid have a one-goal advantage to take to Germany. All the reaction to follow.

21:37 BST


FULL-TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

21:36 BST


There's a penalty shout for Bayern here, and Guardiola is furious as Howard Webb waves play on - but I think he's spot on. Muller looks to turn on to a ball headed down at the back post only to go down under the challenge of Alonso, but the Spanish midfielder did get the ball.

21:34 BST


Bayern will be slightly perturbed by the fact that Real Madrid have not really appeared to tire here as most of their opponents do. They've chased all night and continue to do so - run, run and run, as Guardiola put it pre-match.

21:32 BST


Man of the match shouts for Modric and Fabio Coentrao on Twitter. Both very reasonable - especially the latter, who has kept it tight at left-back and found time to attack.

21:29 BST


Great save by Casillas! Robben breaks down the right only to be stopped by a humdinger of a sliding tackle from Sergio Ramos. The danger isn't cleared, though, and Muller picks the loose ball up before finding Gotze wide open in the box. Casillas beats the midfielder's 12-yard shot to safety and cries of 'Iker! Iker!' rain down on him.

21:26 BST


Bale's finding a bit of space on the left, and jinks past Boateng to cross low into the six-yard box. Dante is there to clear over his own crossbar.