Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Madrid never give up: Zidane

Madrid never give up: Zidane

After another insane game Liverpool can now look forward to a clash with Real Madrid in a final in Kiev on May 26 that is a truly tantalising prospect. But it was also credit to Benzema, whose weaving run led to Isco's decisive goal against Atletico Madrid in the semis a year ago and who scored the victor in 2014, also in the semis, also against Bayern, in a 1-0 win in the first leg. France may be wondering what they will be missing at the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.

Saves Keylor Navas made against Bayern Munich, his highest tally in a Champions League knockout game.

Barcelona was already on the verge of defeating their bitter rivals who failed to mount a guard of honour for them when Gareth Bale levelled for the Champions League finalist to deny Barça a win. The back-up to No.1 Manuel Neuer subsequently slipped, allowing Karim Benzema to score his second goal on the night.

Ulreich yesterday apologised for the blunder, writing on his Instagram page: "Words cannot describe how disappointed I am about exiting the Champions League". We really wanted to reach the final and we gave our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened to me, " Ulreich said on Instagram. "I'm sorry. for my team and for you fans". Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home.

Mats Hummels was quick not to apportion blame on Ulreich. It's on us tonight. "He has got two and he has given us the chance to go through".

"If I say it didn't hit me, I'd be lying, but football is like that. During the course of your career, you have your ups and downs, but they've shown that they can be relied upon at key times".

Whether it be Liverpool or Roma they face in Kiev, Los Blancos will be strong favourites to lift the title. Benzema's two goals here were another feather in the cap for coach Zinedine Zidane, who had chose to start the French striker, despite only one goal in his previous 12 games.

"Real's DNA pushes you to fight until the end, we know how to stay together and suffer and that has taken us to the final".

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