Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

07 May, 2018, 16:21 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Isco has put up a classic performance for Real Madrid this season in Champions League but he is largely distracted by transfer interest from Manchester City and Zidane knows so well that he is distracted by such speculations.

When Joshua Kimmich gave Bayern an early lead and James Rodriguez levelled with 27 minutes remaining, Real looked in danger of surrendering their 2-1 advantage from the first leg.

"Nothing is easy. Football is like that, you have to suffer".

Ulreich made a freakish mistake in the second half, as he attempted to collect Corentin Tolisso's back pass, only to seemingly realise that he was unable to use his hands.

Liverpool or Roma will certainly offer a stern test in Kiev later this month but, having now seen off Bayern, the German champions, Paris Saint-Germain, the French champions, and Juventus, who sit top of Serie A, the feeling is that a 13th European success is now Real's to lose.

"We really wanted to go to the final, we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened - I can not explain it".

"Everyone must realise that they only scraped through at the end".


In an nearly carbon copy of the second leg against Juventus in the quarter-finals, Real were left hanging on at the Santiago Bernabeu in added time.

But Bayern's host of chances - not just in Madrid, but in the first leg in Munich last week ought to have made Ulreich's blunder completely irrelevant.

For long periods in the second half, Heynckes' men were dominant.

Marco Asensio would then replace Ronaldo who had twisted his ankle and minutes later Barcelona restored their lead through Lionel Messi who escaped Ramos to curl in the second goal.

Bayern started well and easily created scoring chances, while Madrid tried to control possession but only threatened on counterattacks with the speed of Ronaldo and Marco Asensio up front.

This time, Madrid reacted a lot more quickly, with Benzema equalising in the 11th with a firm header after a well-placed cross from the left by Marcelo.

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