Cape Town - Real
Madrid captain Sergio Ramos and play-maker Toni Kroos say the final
result was all that mattered after beating Bayern Munich 4-3 on
aggregate in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
In an energy-sapping second leg clash
at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Joshua Kimmich opened the scoring for
the away outfit in the third minute before Karim Benzema restored
parity in the 11th minute.
Benzema made it 2-1 to Los Blancos just after the break following a
calamitous blunder by goalkeeper Sven Ulreich. James Rodriguez then made
it 2-2 against his former club in the 63rd minute to set up a pulsating
finish to the game.
Despite some opportunities arising for both sides in the last
half-an-hour or so, Real held on for a 4-3 aggregate victory having
beaten the Bavarians 2-1 in the first leg at the Allianz Arena on 25
Speaking to reporters after the match, Ramos explained that Bayern
were unfortunate at times but the result is all that matters. He said:
"Bayern played outstandingly well, they've been very strong for many
years. They gave it everything.
"Both teams suffered, the fans supported us superbly. At the end of
the day it's the result that counts. We can be confident ahead of the
Meanwhile, Kroos expressed a similar lack of sympathy, saying:
"Bayern were extremely dangerous again. They turned in two very good
displays, we struggled a lot in both matches.
"But ultimately we've gone through and that's what counts. We
exploited Bayern's mistakes mercilessly. Games like this one are the
reason why you become a footballer."