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Real held as Ronaldo watches on

Published 2044 GMT (0444 HKT) April 26, 2016
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Manchester City hosted Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal. The English side overcame Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round to reach the last four for the first time in its history. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
City's supporters welcomed the teams with Real the favorite to reach the final. Real, which has won the competition a record 10 times, is featuring in the last four for the 27th time. Paul Gilham/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Real was without star player Cristiano Ronaldo who failed to recover from the thigh strain which kept him out of last weekend's 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano. Ronaldo, who trained on the eve of the contest, had been expected to feature. OLI SCARFF/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Karim Benzema led the line for Real before being replaced at halftime by Jese. The Frenchman struggled to make an impact and was thought to be nursing a hamstring injury. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
In a tight and tense first half, neither side managed to find a way through with chances at a premium. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany tried to force the issue but to no avail. City lost David Silva to injury before the break as the first half ended goalless. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
With Ronaldo and Benzema both off the field, Real was relying on Gareth Bale for inspiration. The Wales international threatened sporadically but failed to find a way through City's defense. Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Real edged the second half and only a tremendous block by Joe Hart denied Pepe a crucial away goal. PAUL ELLIS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images