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Football: Benzema strike gives Real advantage over Bayern

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao's cross on 19 minutes and Madrid's advantage could have been even greater had Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria not missed fine chances before the break.

Football: Benzema strike gives Real advantage over Bayern

Real Madrid took a huge step towards their first Champions League final in 12 years as Karim Benzema's first-half goal gave them a 1-0 first-leg lead over holders Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Frenchman was on hand to turn home Fabio Coentrao's cross on 19 minutes and Madrid's advantage could have been even greater had Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel di Maria not missed fine chances before the break.

Football: Torres starts on Atletico Madrid return

Fernando Torres started up front for Chelsea on his return to the Vicente Calderon as a visiting player for the first time for their Champions League semi-final first leg match with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. Torres, who made over 200 appearances for Atletico before joining Liverpool in 2007, was preferred to Demba Ba as the lone striker in the absence of the injured Samuel Eto'o. Jose Mourinho made four changes in all from the side that started the 2-0 win against Paris Saint-Germain which sealed the Londoners place in the semi-finals two weeks ago.

Football: Guardiola hoping Bayern focus rekindled for Real test

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said his side must show the form that carried them to a 24th Bundesliga title last month when they face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. The European champions sealed the title without so much as losing a game as they amassed a 53-game unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga before suffering consecutive defeats to Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

Football: Five potential successors to David Moyes

Manchester United were on the lookout for a new manager after David Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after failing to see out his first season in charge at Old Trafford. Below, AFP Sports looks at five potential contenders to replace the Scot in one of the most high-profile jobs in world football. Diego Simeone (ARG)

Football: Five facts on Pep Guardiola

Five facts on Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Football: English Premier League leading scorers

Leading scorers in English Premier League after Monday's match: 30: Suarez (Liverpool) 20: Sturridge (Liverpool) 18: Toure (Man City) 16: Aguero (Man City) 15: Rodriguez (Southampton), Rooney (Man Utd) 14: Bony (Swansea), Giroud (Arsenal), Hazard (Chelsea) 13: Gerrard (Liverpool), Lukaku (Everton), Remy (Newcastle) 11: Dzeko (Man City), Lambert (Southampton), van Persie (Man Utd) 10: Adebayor (Tottenham), Benteke (Aston Villa)

Football: Atletico ready for familiar foe Mourinho

Atletico Madrid may be in uncharted territory as they prepare for their first Champions League semi-final in 40 years, but they will meet a familiar face in Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho when the Londoners travel to the Spanish capital on Tuesday. Mourinho won his first eight meetings against Atletico in a three-year spell in charge of Real Madrid. Then last May Los Rojiblancos exacted revenge by beating Real for the first time in 14 years in the Portuguese's last competitive game in charge of Los Blancos to win the Copa del Rey last May.

RugbyU: Celtic League table

Celtic League table after Sunday's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Leinster 20 15 1 4 517 319 12 74 Munster 20 15 0 5 466 308 8 68 Ulster 20 14 0 6 431 280 9 65 Glasgow 19 15 0 4 355 259 4 64 Ospreys 20 12 1 7 499 338 10 60 Scarlets 20 9 1 10 374 400 8 46 Cardiff Blues 20 7 1 12 388 496 7 37 Edinburgh 19 7 0 12 338 419 7 35

RugbyU: Celtic League results

Celtic League results on Sunday: Cardiff Blues 17 Scarlets 13 Newport-Gwent Dragons 10 Ospreys 20 Played Saturday: Connacht 23 Munster 32 Zebre 26 Edinburgh 13 Played Friday: Glasgow 27 Ulster 9 Leinster 62 Benetton Treviso 7 afp
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