Bayern Munich players were looking confident as they arrived in Spain, Madrid for their Champions league semifinal clash against Real Madrid. His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal said something very interesting about Rafa's passion for football.
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They immediately pinned Real back and, after Muller's cross was not cleared by Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich pounced to underline his goalscorer's instinct even from the right-back position. These unconverted opportunities and errors culminated when keeper Sven Ulreich slipped at the beginning of the second half on a pass back and let Madrid's Karim Benzema capitalize on an easy tap-in.
But despite their efforts the Bundesliga side could not find a way past Keylor Navas, and it was Madrid that booked a place in the Champions League final. Benzema might not always get the credit he deserves, but his work rate, tenacity and goal contributions are crucial to this Madrid team. The Whites hold a 2-1 advantage from the Munich leg, and the Brazil legend feels his Portuguese namesake will get the job done when the sides meet again in the decider.
Madrid also relinquished its lead against Bayern in the quarterfinals last season, when it also won 2-1 in Munich in the first leg.
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But all Bayern's impressive work in the first half was undone in a blink as Ulreich's howler left them with a mountain to climb.
Bayern Munich, on the other hand, can't be counted out of the competition just yet. In the first leg, we lacked that constant focus during the game.
Bayern were not killed off and Navas did well to save a powerful shot from David Alaba, which took a wicked deflection.
Bayern's Thomas Mueller gestures to team mates during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
They will meet either Liverpool or AS Roma in the final in Kiev on 26 May, where they will be bidding to become the first side since Bayern in 1976 to win the competition three years in a row.