Bayern keeper can’t explain costly mistake against Madrid

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, scores his side's opening goal past Bayern's David Alaba, center, and goalkeeper Sven Ulreich during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)

MUNICH (AP) Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sven Ulreich ”can’t explain” how he made a crucial mistake that allowed Real Madrid score a second goal in the Champions League semifinals.

The teams were level at 1-1 at the start of the second half when Corentin Tolisso, under pressure from Toni Kroos, played a short back-pass to Ulreich. The Bayern goalkeeper would have reached the ball ahead of Karim Benzema but he appeared to realize late that he wasn’t allowed to pick it up. Instead, he attempted to clear it with his foot but let the ball slip through for Benzema to score.

”Words cannot describe how disappointed I am over the Champions League exit. We really wanted to reach the final and we gave our best and then this unnecessary mistake happened to me,” Ulreich wrote on Instagram. ”I can’t explain it. I’m sorry. for my team and for you fans.”

Bayern ended up with a 2-2 draw, but Madrid progressed to its third consecutive final with a 4-3 aggregate win following a 2-1 victory in Munich last week.

Ulreich, who had been playing well while filling in for the injured Manuel Neuer this season, sat alone on the field long after the final whistle.

Bayern fans responded positively to his message on Instagram.