Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid report

Real Madrid are through to another Champions League final despite losing 2-1 in the second leg against local rivals Atletico Madrid

It was a near impossible task for Atletico before the second leg started due to the fact that Real Madrid had a 3-0 lead going into the second leg.

The game marked the last Madrid derby held under the Vicente Calderon which made the crowd more hostile than usual in these big game situations.

Atletico pressed early on forcing the pressure on Real withing the first ten minutes. Keylor Navas was called into action, turning Koke’s effort round the post before Fernando Torres headed over from the resulting corner.

Atletico keeper Jan Oblak was then forced into action denying Casemiro from a good header.

The Calderon then erupted at the 12 minute mark when Saul Niguez powered a header which was too strong for Keylor Navas into the back of the net. Saul then refused to celebrate instead opting to run back with the ball to the halfway line.

Minutes later, Fernando Torres drew a foul from Raphael Varane which led to Atletico being awarded a penalty. Antoine Griezmann then converted which sent the home crowd into raptures.

Atletico had missed 8 of their previous 13 spot-kicks before Griezmann converted 16 minutes in.

The tie was effectively killed minutes before halftime. Karim Benzema produced a sublime piece of skill which allowed him to wiggle his way past three players, laying it off to Toni Kroos in the progress.

Kroos had a shot which Oblak produced a fine save from but the rebound fell to Isco who pounced and buried it into the back of the net.

In the second half, Atletico had chances through Griezmann and Carrasco but were denied by Navas.

Real Madrid saw out the tie and will now play Juventus in the Champions League final on the 3rd of June in Cardiff.

 

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