Real Madrid will take a 1-0 aggregate lead to Allianz Arena for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich following their narrow win at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Wednesday.
Despite being outplayed for considerable stretches, Los Blancos nicked the only goal of the contest in the 19th minute when Karim Benzema tapped Fabio Coentrao’s cross into the back of the Bayern goal.
Mario Gotze had a glorious opportunity to equalise in the dying moments but was spectacularly denied by Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: Made a diving save and denied a Schweinsteiger header.
Carvajal: Completely pinned back by Alaba and Ribery.
Pepe: Made a pair of vital clearances in quick succession midway through the first half.
S.Ramos: Did superbly well to intercept an Alaba cross into the Madrid box.
Coentrao: Placed an inch-perfect ball on Benzema’s boot for the opener.
Modric: Getting stuck in opposite Kroos.
X.Alonso: Vital to Madrid’s ability to win back possession in the centre of the park.
Isco: Just 20 touches in the opening period, but he managed to complete 92% of his passes.
Di Maria: Was set up nicely by Ronaldo at the far post but flashed his effort high.
Benzema: Took his goal well to open the scoring.
Ronaldo: Might have doubled Madrid’s lead had his one-touch effort from Coentrao’s cross not ballooned over the crossbar.
Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid
Casillas: Made a game-saving stop on Gotze late on.
Carvajal: Distribution was excellent; made four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Pepe: Defended heroically but was withdrawn with an apparent hamstring injury in the 73rd minute.
S.Ramos: Didn’t put a foot wrong and, even more impressively, completed the 90 minutes without a booking.
Coentrao: One of his best defensive displays in a Madrid shirt.
Modric: In closing down space and rubbing opponents off the ball he was one of Madrid’s most important players.
X.Alonso: Made an absolutely vital challenge on Muller to prevent an almost-certain goal in the final seconds.
Isco: Combined with Coentrao to handle Ribery.
Di Maria: His passing was off, and he missed at least two decent scoring opportunitites.
Benzema: Commitment on the defensive side of the ball was impressive.
Ronaldo: Replaced by Bale with 16 minutes remaining after an effective performance.
Varane: Came right into the line of fire and was flawless.
Bale: Hit the side-netting after racing down the right flank.
Illarramendi: Just nine touches in a brief cameo that helped contain Bayern’s buildup play.
Half-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: No chance on the Benzema goal.
Rafinha: Lost Coentrao in the buildup to the Madrid opener.
Boateng: Coentrao’s cross to Benzema slid right under him.
Dante: Has completed 100% of his passes out of the defense.
Alaba: Providing useful width from the left.
Lahm: Has so far touched the ball 59 times in a playmaking role.
Robben: Forced Casillas into making a superb, diving save.
Kroos: An eye-popping 99 touches during a first half in which he misplaced just a single pass.
Schweinsteiger: Should have got more power on his header from Kroos’ corner.
Ribery: Started to come into the match late in the first half.
Mandzukic: Only 19 touches so far.
Full-Time analysis for Bayern Munich
Neuer: Had four saves to make, but none of them difficult.
Rafinha: Withdrawn after 66 mostly underwhelming minutes.
Boateng: Made an important defensive header on a Di Maria cross.
Dante: Did well to stick to Bale as the Welshman attempted to cut inside him late in the second half.
Alaba: He touched the ball 91 times, but his numerous crosses failed to create a meaningful scoring opportunity.
Lahm: Was invisible after switching to right-back.
Robben: Highly involved, but well dealt with by the Madrid defense.
Kroos: He pulled all the strings in the Bayern midfield, touching the ball 139 times and completing 98% of his passes.
Schweinsteiger: Not all that impressive; Bayern clearly miss Thiago Alcantara.
Ribery: Was only effective in brief flashes.
Mandzukic: Just a single shot over the 90 minutes.
Martinez: Didn’t misplace a single pass after replacing Rafinha.
Gotze: Was absolutely robbed by Casillas.
Muller: Protested for a penalty after Xabi Alonso’s fair challenge.