Zidane hails gritty Real Madrid

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When asked if Liverpool would be happier to face Madrid, he told BT Sport: "On what you've seen over the two legs, for sure, because you look at the Liverpool team and where they're strong".

The closing seconds of the first half saw the referee decline to award a penalty for a clear hand ball by Marcelo on an effort by Kimmich.

Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute but Madrid reacted quickly with Karim Benzema equalizing early in the first half and scoring again just after halftime after an embarrassing blunder by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich.

Corentin Tolisso's backpass was unsympathetic but nonetheless the keeper should have dealt with the danger.

Benzema has been criticized by the Madrid fans this season, but easily slipped the marking of David Alaba before heading home.

Bayern Munich's James Rodriguez chose not to celebrate his goal against Real Madrid on Tuesday as a mark of respect to his parent club. "My team played an outstanding game. We are happy because we beat all three despite having to suffer".

Zidane argued that the Champions League was "in the DNA of the club", adding: "We never stop fighting up to the very last minute, just as the Bayern players did tonight".

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane finally decided not to risk the fitness of defender Nacho Fernandez after a month out and left him on the subs' bench with Lucas Vazquez dropping back to right back to cover for the injured Dani Carvajal. We knew how to suffer together.

"The two-year loan that they've agreed with Bayern Munich almost came back to haunt them because he was so close to getting another goal as well", Gerrard said. "This team deserves to be in Kiev".

Nevertheless, Heynckes has worked wonders with Bayern this season.

"Ulreich got confused, had a little black-out", he said.

"We go game to game, season to season", he said.

"I think we have suffered too much, but it is lovely too", Zidane reflected. "Another final and probably last one for Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo in Real's shirt".

Liverpool will hope to join holders Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League tonight.

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