Benzema gives Real slender first-leg advantage
Mourinho, Ramires, Faria handed FA charges
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.