Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Karim Benzema's performance against Bayern Munich tuesday night. The french striker scored twice for helping qualify his team for a third consecutive Champions League final. No matter the final tie (2-2), Real Madrid passed through the semifinals and will face Liverpool in Kiev, Ukraine, next may 26th. On Benzema, Zidane said on press conference: "I’m happy for Karim because he deserves it. He’s never stopped working and he made the difference today. I’m happy for the team. And then Keylor’s performance. He made a lot of saves in the second half and came out for the ball with these great players. We’re really pleased". Zidane also had words for Keylor Navas, a hero for Real Madrid fans, and expressed his fellings about entering his third final en three years.
Controversy surrounded Champions League semifinals second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich tuesday night at Santiago Bernabeu. At the end of the first half, Joshua Kimmich tried a cross and Marcelo blocked it with his left hand. Match referee, Cuneyt Cakir, decided to award a corner instead of giving a penalty. Kimmich claimed harshly. Iturralde González, AS referee assistant, considered Cakir should have designated a penalty for Bayern Munich. During second half, Sergio Ramos challenged Robert Lewandowski inside the box, then another controversial decision from Cakir came out.
Liverpool reached its first Champions League final in 11 years after rulling Roma in a thrilling second leg match at Stadio Olimpico. In fact, the italian side ended just one goal short from achieving one of the greatest comebacks in football history. Liverpool punched first thanks to Sadio Mané (8'), then a hillarious own goal by Milner put Roma in spotlight. Wijnaldum scored Liverpool's second goal but Eusebio Di Francesco's side never surrendered. Dzeko and Nainggolan, twice, certified the comeback, but it still was not enough. Jürgen Klopp will lead his second Champions League final, after losing the title in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich.
International media reacted vehemently to Real Madrid qualification for 2018 Champions League final, the third under Zinedine Zidane's reign. Some media focused on Madrid's courage. German and catalonian outlets stated that Cuneyt Cakir's performance affected Bayern Munich and Costa Rica media praised Keylor Navas for his magnificent and miraculous saves.
Our match storytelling. Brillant Karim Benzema and Keylor Navas, referee controversy, James Rodriguez scoring at the Bernabeu once again, Sven Ulreich pitiful mistake, Bayern's pride until the referee ended the game. If you want to live again the best actions of a historic night in Madrid, click in here.