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Real Madrid progresses to Champions League final with Benzema brace

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Defending European champions Real Madrid progressed into their third successive Champions League final as they edged out Bayern Munich in a thrilling semi-final second leg.

Trailing 2-1 after the first leg in Germany, Bayern needed a win at the Bernabeu to reach the final but it finished 2-2 as Real clinched a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Joshua Kimmich scored early on for the German champions from six yards out, before Karim Benzema headed in for Real from Marcelo’s fine left-wing cross eight minutes later.

A second for Benzema, after a horrendous mistake from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, put Real in control, although Bayern’s on-loan James Rodriguez then scored against his parent club to set up a dramatic finale.

Bayern had chances to win it, but Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Muller’s efforts were saved by Keylor Navas and Mats Hummels headed wide as the Spanish side held on.

Muller also mishit a cross on the last second as Real Madrid weathered through the Bundesliga champions’ onslaught.

Real will face either Liverpool or Roma in the final in Kiev, Ukraine, on 26 May with Jurgen Klopp’s side leading 5-2 before Wednesday’s second leg in Rome.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo gives up penalty in “wonderful” gesture

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s “wonderful gesture” after the star gave up the chance of a hat-trick in the win over Alaves.

Ronaldo could have scored his third of the game for a landmark 300th goal for Real Madrid when Los Blancos won a late penalty through Gareth Bale, instead offering the chance Karim Benzema take it for a morale-boosting goal.

Although he only scored three league goals prior to the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, Benzema, made no mistake on the spot as he stepped up to score his fourth of the La Liga campaign.

The Frenchman had been a delight through most of the game, having set up two of his side’s goals earlier.

“I’m very happy with Ronaldo’s gesture,” Zidane said. “This shows he is a team player. Karim deserved this, to score a goal, as he had played a very good game.”

“This is a team game and it was a wonderful gesture.”

In the first half, Benzema’s backheel had set up his Portuguese team-mate’s first and then played in Gareth Bale after the break, with Lucas Vazquez setting up Ronaldo’s second.

Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas added: “None of us was surprised by Cristiano’s gesture because we know what type of person he is. We’re all pulling in the same direction and we have to show our unity more than ever.

“We’re thrilled with Karim’s goal, as team-mates, we have to stick together. We’re always going to fight for each other and while there is a lot of talk about Karim at the moment, we have to support one another.”

Third-placed Real are 14 points behind leaders Barcelona, who beat Girona 6-1 on Saturday.

Gareth Bale marks return from injury with winning strike

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Gareth Bale scored moments after coming on as a substitute for only his second appearance since suffering a calf injury in September. to score Real Madrid’s winning goal with his first touch in their FIFA Club World Cup semi-final match against Al Jazira.

Bale, 28, scored after Al Jazira had taken a first-half lead through Brazilian forward Romarinho, who capitalised on a mistake from his Brazilian compatriot Casemiro to score four minutes before the break at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Mbark Boussoufa then had a strike ruled out for offside by the virtual assistant referee before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Madrid with a fine strike, as the Portuguese becomes the all-time top scorer in FIFA Club World Cups with six goals — one above Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cesar Delgado’s five.

The Club World Cup features FIFA six reigning confederation champions plus the league winners, Al Jazira, of the host country, United Arab Emirates. Their loss meant that Zinedine Zidane’s side will now play Brazilian side Gremio in Saturday’s final.

“It is great to get a goal,” Bale said. “When you come on you like to make an impact like that. The most important thing is to get the win and get into the final.”

“I have still got some way to go get back to full fitness. It takes time but I have to be patient and listen to my body.”

Before falling behind Madrid had two first-half goals ruled out for infringements, with Karim Benzema’s header being disallowed for a foul by Ronaldo in the build-up and Casemiro denied after the video assistant referee gave offside against Benzema.

Benzema also hit the post twice between Ronaldo’s equaliser and Bale’s winning goal.

Real Madrid, who won the competition in 2014 and 2016 would equal Barcelona’s record amount of tournament wins if they are able to achieve a third success on Saturday.

Real Madrid’s late equalizer sets 40-game unbeaten record

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Karim Benzema’s late equalizer for Real Madrid against Sevilla meant that Los Blancos has now gone unbeaten for 40 games – breaking a record previously set by FC Barcelona.

In the Thursday’s Copa Del Rey round of 16 second leg visit to Sevilla, Real were trailing 3-1 in the 77th minute, but two late goals saw them steal a 3-3 draw, and advanced to the quarter-finals by 6-3 on aggregate.

The home side had taken the lead through a Danilo own goal, before 20-year-old midfielder Marco Asensio equalised after running the length of the pitch following a Sevilla corner.

But the hosts, hoping to match Real’s first leg goal advantage, regained the lead in the 54th minute when substitute Stevan Jovetic volleyed home right-footed eight minutes after coming on.

Vicente Iborra then pounced on a loose ball to add a third for the Europa League champions.

But as is his usual MO, Sergio Ramos roused the troops dragged his team back into the contest with a dinked penalty into the middle of the goal.

With seconds remaining, Marcelo fed Benzema in the area and the Frenchman struck a right-footed shot past the Sevilla goalkeeper David Soria as Real progressed to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win.

Real have now won 31 games and drawn 9, scoring 115 goals and conceding 39 in the process. The club has now broke the previous record for a Spanish club of 39 unbeaten games in all competitions, set last season by archrivals Barcelona.

Their last defeat was in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in April – before they went on to beat the Bundesliga club on aggregate score and win the European title eventually.

Real, four points clear of Sevilla at the top of La Liga, will face them again at the same venue on Sunday.