Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Zidane gives Liverpool big boost ahead of UCL final

Zidane gives Liverpool big boost ahead of UCL final

Bayern went within a goal of eliminating the European champions when former Madrid player James Rodriguez scored in the 63rd, and it pressured the hosts until the end, but it was not enough to avoid a third straight elimination against the Spanish club.

Another player who redeemed himself on Tuesday was goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who had been criticized by some Madrid fans after his mistake in the second leg of the quarterfinals against Juventus almost cost his team the spot in the semis.

"We have had a wonderful atmosphere, a great collaboration during the nine months, it is a group that has character, it is a pity that it has not been rewarded", he added. If I say it does not hit me, I'm lying, but football is like that.

Being described in the media as the worst goalkeeping error in the history of the Champions League.

I will talk about how Real made it this far, but I must say for the record that Zinedine Zidane's pragmatism brought his team way higher than they deserved.

Despite the Germans' effort to shake their rivals' net, Benzema exploited the goalkeeper's fault just a few seconds after the second half-time to score the second goal for Real Madrid.

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It was an eerily similar start to Madrid's match against Juventus, when it conceded in the second minute while trying to protect a 3-0 first-leg advantage.

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. We need to stop that but I'm delighted we're in the final. He bagged a hat trick in the first knock out round of the competition against Porto and took centre stage in Rome as Liverpool's best player on the night. "The truth is that I enjoyed the game a lot with the fans and with the whole team". When you score twice against Real at the Bernabeu it means something.

"We really wanted to reach the final and we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened to me".

He came up with the goal that, ultimately, gave Liverpool the cushion they needed but Wijnaldum's performance against Roma was about much more than that.

Don Balon's report also claims that Cristiano Ronaldo has raised some concerns about the manager possibly dropping some of Real Madrid's star players for the final.

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