Zidane: Real will be ready for Bayern

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United

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"We are happy with our performance but not with the result", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Barcelona, which drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday, holds a 12-point lead at the top of the standings. "We have a semi-final and we will fight to the death to defend our title".

"He is one of 25 players in the squad. There are others who play and do well too".

Real appeared to be taking a stranglehold on the match, but they were stunned after just 14 minutes when Williams struck.

Inigo Cordoba received the ball on the half turn and with nobody near him, threaded the ball inside Ramos.

Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas thwarted Mikel San Jose at his near post as Williams screamed for the cutback and a tap in, before Ronaldo powered Dani Carvajal's searching right-wing cross against the bar.

Real improved as the half wore on but the biggest cheer came from a passage of individual brilliance from Marco Asensio. The 33-year-old was at the heart of Real's drive for an equaliser before popping up with a crucial flick just three minutes from time.

But the man guarding the Athletic goal here on Wednesday, Kepa Arrizabalaga, focused exclusively on the task at hand and the display he put on at the Bernabeu is likely to give Zidane second thoughts about his decision against signing the visiting goalkeeper when he had the opportunity. He chased the ball down in the corner, then slalomed past three Athletic defenders.

Real were in charge of the second half but moments after a Ronaldo penalty appeal was waved away, the visitors almost doubled their lead. Bayern have every reason to be wary of Real, who knocked them out of the Champions League last season.