Real Madrid in Champions League final despite defeat

Although they have lost four of the five Champions League finals they have played in, including that one to Madrid almost two decades ago, their one win came against the holders of the competition.

Atletico got the goal they needed to get back into the tie 12 minutes in when Koke s outswinging corner was met powerfully by Saul for his fourth Champions League goal of the season.

Karim Benzema in action against Atletico in the Champions League.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisted he was not downhearted by Atletico's superb start.

The good news for Atletico is that right back Juanfran Torres will be available after injury giving the side some balance they were missing in the Bernabeu where Lucas Hernndez (Theo's brother) was forced to play on the right.

The third and likely the biggest name in soccer today Cristian Ronaldo continues to set scoring records in Champions League play as he sits at No. 1 in career goals in that league.

"We've won just one in the last 10 years and I think it would be important for the club to win it again". I hope he's ready before and I hope he can be with us more than anything. "So proud of the team last night", wrote the Wales global.




"If they score the tie is even more hard, but a goal in the first half would give us a lot of strength and could make them nervous".

Despite the meager chances of reaching the final for Atletico semi-final second leg match against real Madrid in any case was special.

To their credit Real Madrid remained calm and proceeded to dominate possession for the rest of the half, frustrating the home players and taking the sting out of Atleticos attacking thrust.

Real Madrid will face Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Cardiff.

"The fans love the manager as they used to do before, and he can get trophies for the club too".

Two minutes later Luka Modric almost finished the game for Real when his mis-hit shot from a corner was bundled into the net by Cristiano Ronaldo, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

It is also more heartbreak for Atletico, who have lost to Real in the final twice in the past few seasons, and have now been handed another exit by their Madrid rivals.

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