Zinedine Zidane anxious about Liverpool pair Mo Salah, Sadio Mane

Jo Caldwell
May 7, 2018

The deep-seated perception that the number 13 represents bad luck may very well be dispelled come the Champions League final in Kiev, Ukraine on May 26.

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

"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".

"You can not be in the final without suffering, it's even better, more lovely when you win like that". Kimmich had given Bayern the lead but Benzema soon cancelled the goal out and the Frenchman put Madrid 2-1up just after the break following a clanger from keeper Sven Ulreich. Real Madrid edge out competition from Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Bayern Munich to advance to the final to face Liverpool who also eliminated FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma.

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The referee made some poor decisions on the pitch that saw both clubs feel disheartened in an enthralling El Classico. He led Madrid's push forward and was only stopped when Marc-Andre ter Stegen closed out to block his shot.

"We were the best team in both games but we were not able to reach the final", Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said.

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

Bayern, who trailed 2-1 after last week's opening leg in Germany, looked capable of inflicting this season's latest European comeback when Joshua Kimmich scored early and James Rodriguez levelled shortly after the hour.

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.

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While PFA and FWA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, the star of the first leg, had something of a quiet night, Mane was Liverpool's brightest spark in attack.

For long periods in the second half, Heynckes' men were dominant. "He has got two and he has given us the chance to go through".

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.

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.

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