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Real Madrid hero Valdano: Courtois the difference at Liverpool; Salah fluffed

Real Madrid hero Jorge Valdano says Thibaut Courtois was key for their progress to the the Champions League semifinals.

Last night's 0-0 draw at Liverpool saw Real reach the final four 3-1 on aggregate.

Valdano later said: "In the first five minutes, Madrid lived supported by Courtois and an error by (Mohamed) Salah, which was not good enough for his class, but he (Courtois) did a very professional job.

"People with a lot of experience have worked under the law of minimum risk. The Valdebebas game and his enormous effort was the difference."

He added: "Courtois is a great team goalkeeper. In moments of great demand, his interventions have kept the team in the game. Between him, the two centrals and Casemiro, who grew hugely, they supported Madrid."

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