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

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The bitter rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona both of Spain come to the fore on Sunday as the two teams clash in another El-Classico and the excitement of that game is being threatened by a retaliation as Zinedine Zidane has said his team would not mount a guard of honour for Barcelona who is already crowned La Liga champions.

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.

"Thanks to all those who believe that (Navas) is a goalkeeper worthy of Real Madrid".

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.

Bayern players said after the game that it was their mistakes that gifted the game to Real Madrid.

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

Real Madrid and the Champions League just go hand-in-hand.

"Words can not describe how disappointed I am over the Champions League exit".

"Madrid never give up".

"We knew it was important to score and get one early on". They had 22 shots at goal to Real's nine.

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From the outset Bayern Munich showed that they were going to bring a fight to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Joshua Kimmich finding the net from close range inside the opening five minutes.

Ulreich has been Bayern's first-choice goalkeeper since Germany's captain Manuel Neuer was injured last September.

"Words can't describe how disappointed I am for being knocked out", he wrote on Instagram. "Then we gifted a goal and in the end you can not let that happen twice in a semi-final like this", said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.

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.

Mats Hummels was quick not to apportion blame on Ulreich.

Zidane, however, said he and the rest of the Madrid squad had kept their faith in the striker despite his struggles. "Without that, there would still have been extra time. But we will be really on fire, you can imagine".

Marcelo admitted he was fortunate not to concede a penalty.

"It's a handball, it hit me on the hand and it's a penalty", Marcelo said. "It was hard for the ref, because there were many players blocking his view, but if I came here to tell you that the ball didn't touch my hand, I'd be lying to you".

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

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