Real Madrid's miracle men survive German siege

And, with Madrid having ridden their luck across both legs against Bayern, Gerrard thinks his old club will be happy to meet them.

According to the Daily Mirror, each player will receive a cash windfall as part of a bonus clause written into their deals.

Will Zidane leave his mark on history and lead Real Madrid to its 12th Champions League title, the third in a row?

I am sure that if he wants to be, he will be Real Madrid coach one day, but not today.

Real Madrid's German midfielder, Toni Kroos, showed his admiration for the performance of his former team, Bayern Munich, against his current team in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday night.

After the Spanish giants knocked out Jupp Heynckes' ambitious Bayern Munich side 4-3 on aggregate, Liverpool joined them in the final defeating Rome 7-6 on aggregate. I was pretty disappointed when Real appointed him (I remember saying that while he was one of the best players of his time, he'd lack the experience and the tactical nous for the job).

When quizzed on whether a penalty should have been awarded, the Brazil global added: "Well, if it hit my hand, I'd say so".

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But Bayern could not muster the third goal to overcome Karim Benzema's double in between - the first a header, and the second a simple finish following a howler by Ulreich.

"It's a bad thing for a player to live through", said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.

"You notice the great goalkeepers in the big matches", Zidane said.

"I do not talk about the referees, but it is clear that sometimes it is wrong in our favor and other times against".

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

"It's a Champions League semifinal".

For the Reds, this fortunate victory could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, as we look at five reasons why Liverpool will be delighted to see the Blancos instead of the German champions in the final. We could have done better in this game but we've made it through to the final.

  • Tabitha Byrd