Semi-final elation for Real Madrid and Liverpool [GALLERY]

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale

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.

The squad returned to practice after qualifying for the Champions League final by eliminating Bayern Munich on Tuesday, reported Efe. "You can be happy, you have to be, it is not normal to be in the final for the third consecutive time". They both did very well in the semi-final.

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.

"You can not be in the final without suffering, it's even better, more handsome when you win like that".

In-form striker scores twice as Real hold off Bayern onslaught to edge into their third consecutive CL final Real Madrid and Karim Benzema have each endured rather underwhelming seasons so far by their own high standards but both know how to rise to a big occasion.

"If Liverpool are going to play like they did in Rome, they are not going to win the Champions League", he told the Mirror.

"Madrid never gives up". Real, out of sight in La Liga, were outplayed by Bayern for much of the tie, with the Germans reeling off 39 shots across the two games to their 16.

"We desperately wanted to reach the final and we gave our best and then this needless mistake happens to me".

While PFA and FWA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, the star of the first leg, had something of a quiet night, Mane was Liverpool's brightest spark in attack. "We will fight to defend our title".

And Real captain Sergio Ramos believes the pedigree of his team, who are chasing an unprecedented third Champions League trophy in a row, makes them favourites whoever they face. 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.

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