Bayern's Heynckes calls on referee to be strong versus Real

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This time, a goalkeeping blunder.

The squad returned to practice after qualifying for the Champions League final by eliminating Bayern Munich on Tuesday, reported Efe.

The players also have great respect for Zidane: The idea of resting Ronaldo in order to keep him fresh is certainly not a new one, but to Ronaldo it is much more credible coming from a great like Zidane than someone like Benitez, who has never played football at the highest level.

'He deserves this. It's not unintentional that he already reached the ultimate of the Champions League in 2013 with Borussia Dortmund.

Zinedine Zidane has repeatedly proven that he is good at what he does; he was right in sticking with his current team and working through obstacles to achieve better results.

Zinedine Zidane's side continue to rewrite the history books, with the club preparing for a third successive final and a 16th in total - with their manager yet to suffer a defeat in continental knockout competition. "Then we gifted a goal and in the end you can not let that happen twice in a semi-final like this", said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.

From the outset Bayern Munich showed that they were going to bring a fight to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Joshua Kimmich finding the net from close range inside the opening five minutes.

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But the hosts reacted quicker this time, with Karim Benzema equalising early in the first half and scoring again just after half-time after an embarrassing mistake by Ulreich when he allowed a back pass into the area to go underneath him.

Real Madrid's passage to a third consecutive Champions League final after their 2-2 draw at home to Bayern Munich was described as being akin to a miracle in the media after they rode their luck for the third game running.

"We dominated. They should thank (goalkeeper Keylor) Navas for his performance, especially toward the end of the match".

Ulreich yesterday apologised for the blunder, writing on his Instagram page: "Words cannot describe how disappointed I am about exiting the Champions League".

Liverpool followed suit on Wednesday, sealing their passage to the Kiev final on May 26 with a 7-4 aggregate win over Roma.

"We still needed a third goal", the defender said. Although he won Champions League in his first season, the game Real played was not as efficient as Luis Enrique's Barcelona.