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Champions League semi-final second leg Preview - Real Madrid v Bayern Munich

02 May 2018, 01:45 | Nina Perez

The highest-ranked English team is Manchester City who lie in eighth a spot above Arsenal

The highest-ranked English team is Manchester City who lie in eighth a spot above Arsenal

A double to Karim Benzema has helped send Real Madrid through to its third-straight Champions League decider following a tense 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semi-final at the Bernabeu. It's a semi-final and we know the importance of the game.

Apart from left-back, Dani Carvajal (thigh) and playmaker, Isco (shoulder), who are now suffering from injury, Zidane has no new injuries problem in his squad ahead of this clash.

"We have to think about the good things that we did in the first leg in Munich and learn from the match against Juventus at home", said backup Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, referring to the 3-1 loss in the quarterfinals.

Local media reports indicate winger Lucas Vazquez could be asked to deputise, however no decision will be made until Tuesday.

Isco is a doubt after a shoulder problem but trained with the squad Monday and if he is fit, will definitely play a part.

Just four games separate Barcelona and an unbeaten season, a feat which has not been achieved in La Liga since Real Madrid in 1931-32 when the league consisted of just 10 teams.

"If we put all that together and stay focused, we can make history by reaching another final".

"Nacho has been out, but trained a lot recently, and today he was with us and he's ready to go in that respect", Zidane said. [Real need] concentration and determination in what we want to do and what we are going to do. "We know the importance of this game and what I have said, I will repeat". I spent three unique years here and I won many titles.

Substitute Gareth Bale could have sealed it but failed to convert, which left five minutes of added time agony, but Zidane's side held on, with Ramos and Raphael Varane outstanding, to make it to another final in Kiev in three weeks' time. The final whistle felt less like the end of a football match and more the last bell for an ageing boxing champion who, while ahead on points, was out on his feet.

We're making too much fuss out of all this. James was finally able to score against his former team and the club that still owns him in the 63rd minute when his first try was deflected but he successfully crossed back the rebound past Navas.

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