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�Real must heed Juventus lesson to beat Bayern�

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MUNICH, April 26: Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid must heed the lessons from their Juventus scare in order to finish off Bayern Munich in next Tuesday�s Champions League semifinal, return leg.

Real took a step closer to a third straight European title after Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 first-leg come-back victory in Munich yesterday.

But having suffered an almighty scare at home in the quarterfinals, when Juventus won 3-1 in Madrid after Real had beaten them 3-0 in Turin, Zidane says nothing is decided despite Real�s slender advantage.

�We will have to fight in the second leg, nothing is decided, that showed in the second leg against Juventus,� said Zidane.

�We will have to suffer again and face Bayern in a different way at home, because if we don�t, we could have a bad result next week,� he warned.

The hosts took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.

Substitute Asensio hit Real�s winner after finishing a counter-attack to seal Real�s sixth straight win over Bayern in the knock-out stages of Europe.

�We can be happy with the result, we had difficulties at the start of the match in imposing our game,� said Zidane.

�It�s not easy to come and win here, we can do better, but we�re happy with the result.� Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by dropping Gareth Bale, but insisted he does not have a problem with the Welshman.

�I have a lot of quality players here, he has been playing well and I know I can count on Gareth Bale the same way I do those others who also didn�t play,� said Zidane.

Toni Kroos was unimpressed with Real�s performance at his former club.

�It was an average performance from us in the end, we had a lot of work to do, a lot of running,� said Madrid�s German midfielder.

�The result is good, nothing more than that. Bayern were probably a bit better than us, but we took our chances well.�

Bayern captain Thomas Mueller admits that the result does them no favours.

To compound Bayern�s woes, they could have lost both Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng for the return.

Both suffered leg injuries in the opening half an hour and will be examined today.

�Madrid is Madrid, we saw how coolly they took their chances,� said Mueller.

�We need another mentality in front of goal, which could have been very different in my opinion.�

Mueller says last year�s 2-1 second-leg win over 90 minutes at Madrid in the quarterfinals � before Bayern eventually lost 6-3 on aggregate after extra-time � gives them hope. � AFP

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�Real must heed Juventus lesson to beat Bayern�

MUNICH, April 26: Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid must heed the lessons from their Juventus scare in order to finish off Bayern Munich in next Tuesday�s Champions League semifinal, return leg.

Real took a step closer to a third straight European title after Marco Asensio hit the winner in a 2-1 first-leg come-back victory in Munich yesterday.

But having suffered an almighty scare at home in the quarterfinals, when Juventus won 3-1 in Madrid after Real had beaten them 3-0 in Turin, Zidane says nothing is decided despite Real�s slender advantage.

�We will have to fight in the second leg, nothing is decided, that showed in the second leg against Juventus,� said Zidane.

�We will have to suffer again and face Bayern in a different way at home, because if we don�t, we could have a bad result next week,� he warned.

The hosts took the lead at the sold-out Allianz Arena through Joshua Kimmich, but Marcelo equalised just before the break.

Substitute Asensio hit Real�s winner after finishing a counter-attack to seal Real�s sixth straight win over Bayern in the knock-out stages of Europe.

�We can be happy with the result, we had difficulties at the start of the match in imposing our game,� said Zidane.

�It�s not easy to come and win here, we can do better, but we�re happy with the result.� Zidane pulled a surprise before kick-off by dropping Gareth Bale, but insisted he does not have a problem with the Welshman.

�I have a lot of quality players here, he has been playing well and I know I can count on Gareth Bale the same way I do those others who also didn�t play,� said Zidane.

Toni Kroos was unimpressed with Real�s performance at his former club.

�It was an average performance from us in the end, we had a lot of work to do, a lot of running,� said Madrid�s German midfielder.

�The result is good, nothing more than that. Bayern were probably a bit better than us, but we took our chances well.�

Bayern captain Thomas Mueller admits that the result does them no favours.

To compound Bayern�s woes, they could have lost both Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng for the return.

Both suffered leg injuries in the opening half an hour and will be examined today.

�Madrid is Madrid, we saw how coolly they took their chances,� said Mueller.

�We need another mentality in front of goal, which could have been very different in my opinion.�

Mueller says last year�s 2-1 second-leg win over 90 minutes at Madrid in the quarterfinals � before Bayern eventually lost 6-3 on aggregate after extra-time � gives them hope. � AFP

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