Real Madrid star 'surprised' and 'impressed' by Liverpool

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Whoever followed both the ties keenly, must have noticed how Bayern Munich dig their own graves in both the legs with silly school boy errors against heavyweight opponents.

Still, Bayern could count themselves unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty and Real left-back Marcelo admitted as much afterwards. The final went to extra time with substitute John Hewitt, scoring the winning goal in the 112th minute of play.

Spanish daily Marca ran a story on Sunday headlined "Something is up with Benzema", which claimed Zidane's patience with the striker was running out, as shown by him being dropped to the bench against Atletico Madrid, in the quarter-final second leg against Juventus and in the first leg at Bayern.

But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second - and crucial - 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".

Jupp Heynckes' side can count themselves very unlucky, as the veteran coach was missing a number of first-team regulars through injury, including Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Real Madrid have been made odds-on favourites to beat Liverpool in the Champions League final.

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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.

"I don't talk about referees, but it's clear that sometimes they go in your favour and other times against you, but whatever happens, you have to play football".

Europe's most successful club with 12 trophies, Madrid will play the final against either Liverpool or Roma, which were playing Wednesday in Italy.

"What we have is this never-give-up attitude", Zidane said.

"There is a lot of things that need to be done with that team, but what they have got is massive talent and they are very exciting when they have the ball".

"They had no choice but to give everything". There were images of Marcelo's handball and the mistake that led to Madrid's second goal underneath the headline.

However, they can still do double as the Bundesliga winners face Frankfurt and their future coach Kovac in the final of the German Cup on May 19 in Berlin.

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