Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 here Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal, surviving an offensive onslaught from the squad that won Europe's top club competition last year.
Spain's King Juan Carlos was in the stands along with 85,000 spectators as Santiago Bernabeu stadium played host to a Champions semifinal showdown for the fourth consecutive year.
The Blancos, looking for their 10th Champions League title after a 12-year drought, came into the match full of confidence after last week's victory over archrival FC Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
And Wednesday's contest evoked Real Madrid's rivalry with Barça, as long-time Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is now at the helm of Bayern.
Conceding possession to the attack-minded visitors, the Blancos put on a display of their own on defense, while poised for the counterattack.
The home side struck gold on their first foray across midfield, with Cristiano Ronaldo's deep ball to a streaking, unmarked Fabio Coentrao culminating with a goal by Karim Benzema in the 19th minute.
The Bernabeu exploded with delight and the early lead energized the Blancos, who threatened the visitors' goal twice more before the break and again in the opening minutes of the second half.
Bayern's best chance to equalize was in the 84th minute, when Thomas Müller snagged a loose ball in the area and fed Mario Götze, whose shot from eight yards out would have gone in but the quick reaction of Blancos keeper and captain Iker Casillas. EFE