Navas’ heroics tops Ulreich’s howler

May 1, 2018

Real Madrid 2-2 Bayern Munich (agg 4-3): Karim Benzema nets brace

REAL MADRID 2-2 BAYERN MUNICH (agg 4-3) – Real Madrid reached their third consecutive Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich — but what hope they gave Liverpool. If Jurgen Klopp’s team can finish the job in Rome they can go to Kiev without fear. Madrid owe their place in the final to Bayern Munich keeper Sven Ulreich’s second half slip in his six-yard box, to several favourable penalty decisions, and to their own keeper Keylor Navas

Real Madrid reached their third consecutive Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich — but what hope they gave Liverpool.

If Jurgen Klopp’s team can finish the job in Rome on Wednesday night then they can go to Kiev without fear. Madrid owe their place in the final to Bayern Munich keeper Sven Ulreich’s second-half slip in his six-yard box, to favourable penalty decisions, and to their own shot- stopper Keylor Navas.

They had the T-shirts ready. Of course they did. The Champions League final is becoming an end of season routine for the Spanish giants. They slipped them on at the final whistle, each one with a big 13 on the front.

Karim Benzema celebrates in front of the Real Madrid fans after scoring the first of his two goals against Bayern Munich

Real Madrid players celebrate as a group after Benzema fires them into the lead on the night and two ahead on aggregate

Benzema scored the first of his two goals with a close-range header from Marcelo's excellent cross after 11 minutes

The French striker was gifted a second goal after a disastrous defensive mix-up between the Bayern Munich back line

Sven Ulreich of Bayern Munich looks dejected after his howler gifts Real Madrid their second goal of the game on Tuesday

Franck Ribery comforts team-mate David Alaba following their narrow defeat by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu 

MATCH FACTS, TEAM LINE-UPS AND MATCH ZONE:

REAL MADRID (4-4-2):

Navas 9; Vazquez 6, Varane 6, Sergio Ramos 6, Marcelo 7; Kovacic (Casemiro 73min, 6), Kroos 6, Modric 7, Asensio 6 (Nacho 88); Benzema 7 (Bale 72, 6), Ronaldo 6

Subs not used: Casilla, Ceballos Fernandez, Hernandez, Mayoral

Goals: Benzema 11, 46

Bookings: Modric, Lucas, Casemiro, Varane

Manager: Zinedine Zidane 7

BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1): 

Ulreich 5; Kimmich 7, Hummels 7, Sule 6, Alaba 7; Tolisso 6 (Wagner 76), Thiago 6; Muller 6, Rodriguez 8 (Javi Martinez 84), Ribery 6; Lewandowski 6 

Subs not used: Starke, Rafinha, Mai, Dorsch, Rudy 

Goals: Kimmich 3, Rodriguez 63

Booked: None 

Manager: Jupp Heynckes 6 

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) 7

Att: 77,459

Karim Benzema finishes off a fine passing move for Real Madrid's opening goal. Click here for more from Sportsmail's Match Zone

Karim Benzema finishes off a fine passing move for Real Madrid’s opening goal

If they win in Ukraine it will be their 13th European Cup. But on this showing it’s a sizeable ‘if’.

Sure, they showed all the true grit that makes them serial winners but they defended like a team who will struggle to cope with Mo Salah and company.

‘We can be very content with ourselves,’ said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. ‘And even more so because of the way we suffered. It was a crazy game but a good one for us.’

What cannot be questioned is Madrid’s ability to suffer. And to come out at the end victorious. Their keeper is typical of that.

Navas has his faults. Why else have Madrid pursued Manchester United’s David de Gea on and off for the last three years? But he was heroic on a night when Bayern threw everything at their opponents from as early as the third minute, when they took the lead.

Thomas Muller was allowed to cross from the right. Sergio Ramos should have dealt with the danger at the near post but his fumbled clearance hit Robert Lewandowski and Joshua Kimmich shot past Navas.

It was Karim Benzema who got Madrid back into it. Marcelo crossed from the left and the much-criticised France forward rose unmarked to head Madrid 3-2 ahead on aggregate.

Both sides were defending woefully. Bayern had allowed Madrid to play from one side of the pitch to the other ahead of Benzema’s equaliser. Madrid were suffering without holding midfielder Casemiro, who was surprisingly dropped by Zidane.

The hosts should have extended their advantage just before the half-hour when Marcelo got to the byline but could not find Cristiano Ronaldo with the pull-back.

Joshua Kimmich fires home the opening goal of the game from close range after pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty box

Joshua Kimmich fires home the opening goal of the game from close range after pouncing on a loose ball in the penalty box

Kimmich celebrates his goal with Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller with just three minutes of the second leg played

Kimmich celebrates his goal with Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller with just three minutes of the second leg played

Real Madrid forward Benzema heads the ball into Bayern Munich net to put his side back in front on aggregate

Real Madrid forward Benzema heads the ball into Bayern Munich net to put his side back in front on aggregate

The France international celebrates in front of a packed Santiago Bernabeu after scoring the equalising goal on Tuesday

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich goes down under the challenge of Sergio Ramos (left) but is denied a penalty kick

Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich goes down under the challenge of Sergio Ramos (left) but is denied a penalty kick

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski fires a shot at goal as Real Madrid captain Ramos slides in an attempt to block it

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski fires a shot at goal as Real Madrid captain Ramos slides in an attempt to block it

James Rodriguez (No 11) misses a golden opportunity to score against his parent club and put Bayern Munich back in the lead

Madrid were still wide open and Navas had to get down well to save from Muller. With 10 minutes left of the first half, James Rodriguez missed from two yards out.

Mats Hummels started the move gliding out of defence and assisting Lewandowski who drew a save from Navas. The ball looped up at the back post and when Marcelo attempted his clearance the ball hit Muller and dropped to Rodriguez. He blazed over, falling in a heap in the six-yard box. It was huge let-off.

Madrid needed respite and Ronaldo provided some with a shot to Ulreich’s near post, where the keeper pushed out for a corner. The holders still had the advantage at half-time but Zidane’s masterplan had been unpicked by Bayern Munich. Surprisingly he made no substitutions but far from paying for his inaction he watched his team make it 4-2 on aggregate.

Ulreich received a back-pass from Niklas Sule. The keeper seemed to register late that he could not pick up the ball and, inexplicably, let it run past him.

Benzema could not believe his good fortune. He ran in his second goal of the night. And in front of the massed ranks of the white-shirted Real Madrid supporters the poor Bayern keeper waited for the glares of the defenders in front of him. What had he been thinking?

‘We gave them a gift,’ said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.

Bayern responded and when Ramos barged into Lewandowski from behind, referee Cuneyt Cakir could easily have given a spot-kick.

It was a similar foul to the one on Lucas Vazquez that had won Madrid a decisive penalty against Juventus in the last round.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ulreich can only watch as Benzema latches onto the loose ball after he failed to clear it

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ulreich can only watch as Benzema latches onto the loose ball after he failed to clear it

Benzema puts Real Madrid into the lead and two clear on aggregate with a tap in after a mix up in the Bayern Munich defence

Benzema puts Real Madrid into the lead and two clear on aggregate with a tap in after a mix up in the Bayern Munich defence

Luka Modric gestures to the Real Madrid fans in the stands as the home side celebrate Benzema's second goal of the game

Luka Modric gestures to the Real Madrid fans in the stands as the home side celebrate Benzema’s second goal of the game

Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid at Bayern Munich, fires past goalkeeper Keylor Navas to make it 2-2 on the night

Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid at Bayern Munich, fires past goalkeeper Keylor Navas to make it 2-2 on the night

Rodriguez puts his hands up to the Madrid fans as he refuses to celebrate the goal that put Bayern Munich back on terms

Rodriguez puts his hands up to the Madrid fans as he refuses to celebrate the goal that put Bayern Munich back on terms

Madrid had also been fortunate in the first half when a handball in the area by Marcelo had gone unnoticed.

Ronaldo could have settled it from five yards out but from Marcelo’s cross he blasted over.

The game was broken with spaces everywhere. It was set up for Gareth Bale but he continued his warm-up down by the right-hand corner of the half Bayern were attacking. He had a good view of the next goal.

Rodriguez did not celebrate against his old team it but the damage was done. Navas was slow off his line and the Colombian finished brilliantly with his left foot. Bayern now needed just one goal to go through.

But it never came.

‘We had the upper hand, we had chance after chance, but we didn’t take them and that cost us,’ admitted Bayern defender Hummels. ‘It’s no good if we put up a good fight and play well. If you want to win this title, you need to be clinical.’

Madrid managed to hang on. Then they got the T-shirts on and brought the children out. The night ended with Marcelo’s son Enzo taking shots at Ronaldo’s son in the goalmouth in front of still celebrating supporters.

Child’s play. Madrid in the final once again.

Referee Cuneyt Cakir speaks to Real Madrid star Ramos as he argues his case after giving a free kick away to Bayern Munich

Referee Cuneyt Cakir speaks to Real Madrid star Ramos as he argues his case after giving a free kick away to Bayern Munich

Real Madrid striker Benzema attempts to evade the challenge of three Bayern Munich players during the first half on Tuesday

Real Madrid striker Benzema attempts to evade the challenge of three Bayern Munich players during the first half on Tuesday

Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated after his Real Madrid team-mate fails to pass the ball to him during an attacking move 

Cristiano Ronaldo looks frustrated after his Real Madrid team-mate fails to pass the ball to him during an attacking move

Bayern Munich winger Ribery looks dejected after his Bayern Munich side fall at the Champions League semi-final stage

Bayern Munich winger Ribery looks dejected after his Bayern Munich side fall at the Champions League semi-final stage

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski sits on the Bernabeu pitch after they crashed out of the Champions League last four

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski sits on the Bernabeu pitch after they crashed out of the Champions League last four

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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