Real-Bayern: Cesari: 'Marcelo's save better than Ulreich's'


"We all have bad nights".

Joshua Kimmich put Bayern ahead after just two minutes before Karim Benzema scored twice, his second coming after a terrible error from goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, leaving James Rodriguez's equaliser to count for little.

Real Madrid got a little bit lucky in the semi-finals, but they shouldn't bank on that happening again.

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

"In football, you have to suffer", Zidane said.

"It had been hard for him to not score but he always does his job, he doesn't give up".

"For me, the best players are the ones that make a difference in the big games". However, the referee waved away Bayern's claim to a penalty, a fact Marcelo later admitted. Dani Carvajal was similarly fortunate in the first leg. Marcelo admits handball Meanwhile, Real Madrid left back Marcelo admitted he was fortunate not to concede a penalty.

Then a double error in Bayern's defense allowed the French striker to go 2-1 just one minute after the break.

The goal meant Bayern had to score two more goals to knock Real out and they only managed one, from James Rodriguez. If I say it does not hit me, I'm lying, but football is like that. "During the course of your career, you have your ups and downs, but they've shown that they can be relied upon at key times".

And were if not for a "blackout" moment by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes would now be preparing for a swansong final. "Keylor Navas was outstanding and he saved Madrid on many occasions".

He told reporters, "It's a hand-it hits me in the hand, and it's a penalty". "We have grown through this experience, but I have regrets because this team should have believed more in its chances, as I did and we could have had more goals and pushed Liverpool even more", said Di Francesco. "But Navas was outstanding".

"We played better than in Munich".

And Real stars were delighted with their semi-final exploits as they look to bag their 13th Champions League title. "Not just because of the goals, but his overall performance was fantastic".

Ulreich, who had been playing well while filling in for the injured Manuel Neuer this season, sat alone on the field long after the final whistle.