Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

Benzema sends Real into Champions League final

Real Madrid and Liverpool both survived second leg scares to set the stage for a blockbuster Champions League final.

Liverpool beat Roma 7-6 over both legs to seal their spot in the showpiece for the first time since 2007, where they lost to AC Milan.

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

Bayern opened the score after two minutes with a goal by Joshua Kimmich, but Karim Benzema scored two goals for Real Madrid to make Bayern's mission harder.

Ulreich made a weird 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.

Real, and Zidane, are now on the brink of a third consecutive Champions League triumph, and 13th overall in Europe's premier tournament. We really wanted to reach the final and we gave our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened to me, " Ulreich said on Instagram.

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"Everyone must realise that they only scraped through at the end". The German club, which has now been knocked out in the Champions League semifinals in four of the last five seasons, had several good chances in the final minutes but was unable to capitalize.

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.

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

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. "We pressed up front and got the second goal".

The tension began to rise as Alba and Modric squared up, so did Suárez and Sergio Ramos, before Messi was booked for a foul on the Madrid captain. Madrid conceded twice more in that game but eventually advanced thanks to Ronaldo's injury-time penalty.

Zidane sprung a surprise by dropping Casemiro to the bench and bringing the more mobile Mateo Kovacic into midfield while Lucas Vazquez played in the unfamiliar role of right back.

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