"We've supported Karim from the very beginning," Karanka told the club's official website. "The hug the coach [Jose Mourinho] gave him after the goal is very significant. Benzema feels everyone's support and he is an important player on this team.
"We won and earned an important advantage for the return leg. Winning 1-0 meant at times that we could end up winning 3-0 or drawing 1-1, so the score is good but not decisive. The Bernabeu crowd will support us on Wednesday. We've taken an important step."