Ben­zema gives Real slen­der first-leg ad­van­tage

Mour­inho, Ramires, Faria handed FA charges

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Asoli­tary strike from Karim Ben­zema was enough to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Bay­ern Mu­nich in the first leg of the Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal. The France in­ter­na­tional poked home Fabio Coen­trao’s cross in the first half for the only goal of the game to in­flict only a sec­ond de­feat in the com­pe­ti­tion for Pep Guardi­ola’s side, and his first as a coach at San­ti­ago Bern­abeu.

Bay­ern bossed pos­ses­sion but failed to cre­ate many mean­ing­ful chances, and Madrid could have won more com­fort­ably had Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and An­gel Di Maria kept their com­po­sure with clear open­ings in the first 45 min­utes.

De­spite a fast-paced open­ing, chances were scarce early on, with nei­ther Ron­aldo - who was risked de­spite his re­cent ham­string in­jury - nor his team-mates able to threaten Manuel Neuer.

Man­ager Jose Mour­inho is among three Chelsea staff charged by the FA in the aftermath of the club’s Pre­mier League loss to Sun­der­land. As­sis­tant man­ager Rui Faria and mid­fielder Ramires have also been charged fol­low­ing the 2-1 de­feat.

Mour­inho has been charged with mis­con­duct in re­spect of the com­ments he made post-match.

Ramires has been charged fol­low­ing an off-the-ball in­ci­dent with Sun­der­land’s Se­bas­tian Lars­son

Ramires has been charged with vi­o­lent con­duct, while Faria has been charged with two counts of mis­con­duct.

Karim Ben­zema

Jose Mour­inho

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