VAR helps Real Madrid survive huge scare to reach final

Rejuvenated Real Madrid eye fifth prize of 2017

Rejuvenated Real Madrid eye fifth prize of 2017

With the win, Zinedine Zidane's men will now face Brazilian side Gremio in Saturday's final, as they hope to lift the title for the third time.

"For Real Madrid, winning and coming first is always the most important", Salgado told ESPN.

The first-choice goalkeeper was forced off only six minutes into the second half but performed heroics to keep Real out during the opening period.

Al Jazira's Brazilian forward Romarinho gave the Abu Dhabi team a shock lead in the 40th minute of an action-packed game after heavy favourites Real twice hit the woodwork and had two goals ruled out, one after a long consultation between the referee and his video assistant.

He got the last laugh, firing in a brilliant equaliser early in the second half before Bale came off the bench to score a late victor.

Bale y Lucas Vázquez celebran el gol del galés

Madrid appeared to have opened the scoring with a header by midfielder Casemiro in the 30th minute.

Zidane's squad travelled fresh from a 5-0 win against Sevilla in La Liga at the weekend and the coach indicated that both Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane could be involved in the game, which kicks off at 9pm local time (1700 GMT) at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. Mbark Boussoufa scored, but a video review later showed that he was just offside when he received the pass from his teammate.

Madrid had already seen a goal by Benzema disallowed about 10 minutes earlier, after the referee signalled a foul by Ronaldo on a defender.

Luka Modric, who played a vital role in the build-up, squared it to Ronaldo, who beat Khaled Al Senaani with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner to level the scores 1:1.

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