Madrid never give up: Zidane

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The 7-6 win on aggregate was secured thanks to Sadio Mane's 19th goal of the season and Georginio Wijnaldum's first away strike in nearly three years.

Real Madrid keeps finding ways to get out of trouble in the Champions League.

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. "This Bayern team are going to be full of regret because, over both legs, they were dominant throughout, created many, many chances and looked the far better team".

Real coach Zidane, however, insisted the "suffering" his team have been put through in their elimination of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and now Bayern, should not be underestimated. Real Madrid will face Liverpool in a final and Red manager Jurgen Klopp is set to play his usual style of heavy metal football when the two sides meet in the final and the German tactician is boosted by the fact that Zidane is ready to make some adjustment to his starting lineup against Liverpool.

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"It's an incredible achievement, third year on the spin reaching the final, but it was desperate at times. And when you win, it feels even better, although it's not too good for your heart".

"Madrid never gives up".

"It's important to believe in ourselves and we know we can score at any given moment". But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second - and crucial - goal on the night.

"We really wanted to go to the final, we did our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened - I can not explain it". Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home. "We will fight to defend our title". Benzema's two goals here were another feather in the cap for coach Zinedine Zidane, who had made a decision to start the French striker, despite only one goal in his previous 12 games.