Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ulreich apologises for horror Champions League gaffe

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ulreich apologises for horror Champions League gaffe

"Some say that they weren't in the competition but it's a lie, you have to win the Champions League to play in the Club World Cup and we were all in the Champions League". Real Madrid is aiming to win it for the third time in a row in the current format when the face Liverpool who is also targeting the title for the six time.

James has a two-year loan deal at Bayern, but with Gareth Bale linked with a summer transfer away from Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo three months past his 33rd birthday, Real coach Zinedine Zidane had been linked with a bid to bring James back prematurely.

But Benzema's double in between, the first a header, the second a simple finish following a terrible error from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, proved enough as Real hung on for a 2-2 draw, and a 4-3 win on aggregate.

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Heynckes said he expected a competent performance from the Turkish official.

"If I say it didn't hit me [on the hand] I'd be lying, but football is like that", said the Brazilian. "You can be happy, you have to be, it is not normal to be in the final for the third consecutive time".

Manchester City and Rome have proven what happens to teams that lack intensity during certain match-phases and, in a final, there is even less time to recover. He always does his job and never gives up. "It is the same in adversity, we believe in what we do and we get things done by believing in ourselves and fighting".

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The 29-year-old, who has stood in as the Bavarians' first-choice custodian this term due to Manuel Neuer's injury, somehow missed a backpass from Corentin Tolisso, leaving Benzema to tap into an empty net.

"We have another important game on the weekend against Chelsea and then we have Real Madrid in the final". Benzema's two goals here were another feather in the cap for coach Zinedine Zidane, who had chose to start the French striker, despite only one goal in his previous 12 games.

Benzema's third and fourth goals at Champions League semifinal level were crucial - particularly considering the manner in which Real struggled elsewhere.

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Benzema had also shouldered a lot of blame for the team's disastrous domestic campaign, which has seen saw them fall 15 points behind Liga champions Barcelona and below second-placed local rivals Atletico Madrid in the standings.

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