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Real Madrid finally crack Atlético code

Published: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 22.38CET
Real Madrid CF 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 1-0)
Javier Hernández scored the only goal of an engrossing tie with two minutes left after Atlético's Arda Turan had been sent off.

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Match statistics

Real MadridAtlético

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37
Total attempts23
 
6
on target8
 
2
off target11
 
2
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
4
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed15
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
15
Passes518
 
265
completed480
 
208

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 22.38CET

Real Madrid finally crack Atlético code

Real Madrid CF 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid (agg: 1-0)
Javier Hernández scored the only goal of an engrossing tie with two minutes left after Atlético's Arda Turan had been sent off.

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Real Madrid CF finally saw off the challenge of neighbours Club Atlético de Madrid thanks to a goal from Javier Hernández two minutes from time.

This tie looked set to become just the third in UEFA Champions League history to finish goalless after 120 minutes with the clock ticking down, only for Hernández to turn the loose ball into an empty net after Cristiano Ronaldo's burst into the penalty area to take Madrid into a fifth straight semi-final.

With nothing between the teams in last week's quarter-final first leg – and Madrid denied Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema through injury – it was little surprise the initial exchanges were full of caution. Madrid had largely controlled the first period at the Vicente Calderón eight days previously and were first to threaten again, James Rodríguez playing in Hernández down the right but the Mexican slashed his shot wide of the near post from a tight angle.

Atlético looked to soak up pressure and break swiftly, and their first opening arrived in the 15th minute as Iker Casillas failed to get distance on a punch; Koke's improvised volley flew too high. Jesús Gámez then won possession midway inside the Madrid half and drew a solid stop from the goalkeeper.

That heralded a sustained spell of Madrid dominance, Hernández having a header deflected behind and Atlético custodian Jan Oblak beating away Ronaldo's free-kick. The keeper excelled again in the 44th minute after  Mario Mandžukić lost the ball and Madrid worked it through to Ronaldo; with the home fans rising to acclaim a goal, Oblak blocked.

The Slovene international was exposed again early in the second period as Isco's pass split the Atlético defence, only for Hernández to pull his shot a metre wide of the far post. Oblak was then perfectly positioned to deal with firm headers from Raphaël Varane and Sergio Ramos; the same was true of Casillas at the other end when Koke was first to a perfectly flighted ball into the box.

The tie then appeared to tip decisively Madrid's way as Arda collected his second yellow card of the evening 14 minutes from time, and moments later the breakthrough seemed certain as James broke through. Instead, Oblak got just enough on the strike to turn it behind.

Madrid would not be denied, however, and finally broke Atlético's resistance with two minutes remaining. Ronaldo surged into the area after a one-two with James before sliding a pass to Hernández, supplying a simple finish for his first UEFA Champions League goal in 895 days – and keeping alive Madrid's quest to become the first side to retain the UEFA Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo (tries to squeeze between Antoine Griezmann and Jesús Gámez

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Madrid's Pepe tussles with Saúl Ñíguez of Atlético

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Javier Hernández (left) pursues Diego Godín

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Cristiano Ronaldo shows his frustration

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Cristiano Ronaldo misses Madrid's best opening on the stroke of half-time

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Javier Hernández reacts after missing a chance for Madrid

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Javier Hernández after scoring the only goal in the 88th minute

Last updated: 29/05/15 2.30CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

atlético

Atlético

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
13
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
2
GodínDiego Godín (C)
3
PepePepe
Yellow Card74
5
TiagoTiago
Substitution86
4
RamosSergio Ramos
6
KokeKoke
Yellow Card90+4
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution90+1
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Substitution65
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
9
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
8
KroosToni Kroos
10
Arda TuranArda Turan
Yellow Card31
Red Card76
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
17
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
Substitution46
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal88
Substitution90+2
18
GámezJesús Gámez
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
20
JuanfranJuanfran
23
IscoIsco
Substitution90+3
23
MirandaMiranda

Substitutes

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
6
KhediraSami Khedira
3
SiqueiraGuilherme Siqueira
16
Lucas SilvaLucas Silva
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Substitution65
Yellow Card74
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
Substitution90+1
Yellow Card90+3
11
JiménezRaúl Jiménez
18
NachoNacho
14
GabiGabi
Substitution46
20
JeséJesé
Substitution90+2
19
TorresFernando Torres
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
Substitution90+3
24
GiménezJosé María Giménez
Substitution86

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)

Fourth official

Marco Achmüller (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Bastian Dankert (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution