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Champions League semi-final LIVE! Real Madrid v Bayern Munich


by The Independent

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this Champions League semi-final first-leg tie between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu.

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    • FT: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
    • Benzema (19) scored for Real
    • Bale came on as a sub for Ronaldo in the 73rd minute
    • Match kicked off at 7.45pm
    4/23/2014 5:45:35 PM
  • Roll up, roll news time

    Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid. The holder of the Ballon d'Or had been sidelined for the past three weeks due to a knee injury. The £86m Welsh wizard Gareth Bale had been suffering from a bout of 'flu and is on the bench.

    For Bayern, both goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and striker Mario Mandzukic return to starting XI from the team that beat Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

    Real: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.

    Bayern: Neuer, Rafinha, Dante, Boateng, Alaba, Ribery, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Kroos, Robben, Mandzuki.
    4/23/2014 6:05:24 PM
  • Bale has arrived, let's hope there is some Lemsip Max in the bag...

    4/23/2014 6:08:48 PM
  • Save hands?

    4/23/2014 6:10:33 PM
  • 50 min: Like how Bayern started the first half. It's been all Real so far in the second period. Bayern now trying to play on the counter-attack for a change...
    4/23/2014 7:53:14 PM

  • 4/23/2014 7:53:50 PM
  • 53 min: Kroos' cross to deflected but Casillas tips it over. Real happy to sit deep and break on the counter-attack.
    4/23/2014 7:56:38 PM
  • 55 min: The Bernabeu crowd are calling for Bale, one supporter has even made their own Speedy Gonzalez sign in tribute. He's on the bench because he has been struck down by the 'flu, but with Real enjoying much success on the counter-attack, the game is set up for the £86m Welshman, even if he is only half fit..
    4/23/2014 8:01:05 PM
  • 60 min: Kroos with the free-kick, it's invitingly chipped into the area but Alonso heads clear. Robben then breaks at speed, Ramos not keen on making the challenge, he gets his shot away but it's a tame effort and Casillas easily saves.
    4/23/2014 8:04:32 PM
  • 63 min: Sharp turn from Ronaldo, he looks to put Benzema in on goal but Dante makes the interception. Real beginning to look menacing again...
    4/23/2014 8:07:42 PM
  • 65 min: Robben gets into some space for Bayern down the right wing but there's no runners into the area. No incision at all for Bayern, the opposite of Real. They break straight away and Ronaldo gets a shot at goal but Neuer saves. It was straight at him, mind.
    4/23/2014 8:11:35 PM
  • 70 min: Again Bayern attack down the right. Have they forgotten that Ribery is on the other wing? Rafinha eventually attempts a shot, but his effort is blocked.
    4/23/2014 8:14:27 PM
  • 73 min: Usain Bale is place of Ronaldo, who had returned from three weeks out with a knee injury.  Flu or no flu, the £86m Welshman is on!
    4/23/2014 8:16:55 PM
  • 74 min: Ribery is also off, Gotze has replaced him. Big changes all round as we approach the final 15 minutes.
    4/23/2014 8:18:48 PM
  • 77 min: Bale gets on the ball for the first time. He fires in a low cross from the left but it's cut out.
    4/23/2014 8:21:08 PM
  • 80 min: Chance for Bayern! Gotze charges forward, and lays the ball into the path of fellow substitute Muller, who thrashes his effort at goal but it goes wide. Best chance of the half for Bayern, who still look they are playing like they think they are in the lead.
    4/23/2014 8:24:52 PM
  • 83 min: Real break again, Bale taking Boateng on a merry dance before attempting the cross but Dante makes the block.
    4/23/2014 8:26:31 PM
  • 84 min: Chance for Bayern! Now Muller plays in Gotzes, he's clear against Casillas, but smashes his shot at the 'keeper. What a chance to get that vial away goal for Bayern...
    4/23/2014 8:27:31 PM
  • 88 min: Bale on the run again, this time it's down the right wing, he twists and turns before firing a cross in but it hits the side netting. Bayern just cannot handle him...
    4/23/2014 8:31:40 PM
  • 90 min: The board goes up and four added minutes remain. Can Bayern deliver a late sucker punch and get that all-important away goal?
    4/23/2014 8:33:14 PM
  • 91 min: Muller heads across to Mandzukic, he turns and looks to score from close range but was he caught by Alonso? Howard Webb waves away Bayern's protests. Guardiola gives an angry stare from the dugout but the Englishman looks to have made the correct call there.
    4/23/2014 8:36:22 PM
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