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Real Madrid hold off Atlético to set up Juventus final

Published: Wednesday 10 May 2017, 22.39CET
Isco scored the crucial goal three minutes before half-time as Real Madrid survived an early scare to book yet another UEFA Champions League final after a rousing second leg.

Match statistics

AtléticoReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
1
Possession (%)40
 
60
Total attempts17
 
19
on target7
 
6
off target7
 
7
blocked3
 
6
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners7
 
8
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed23
 
7
Fouls suffered6
 
23
Passes320
 
582
completed230
 
505

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Published: Wednesday 10 May 2017, 22.39CET

Real Madrid hold off Atlético to set up Juventus final

Isco scored the crucial goal three minutes before half-time as Real Madrid survived an early scare to book yet another UEFA Champions League final after a rousing second leg.

Real Madrid will attempt to become the first side to successfully defend their UEFA Champions League crown against Juventus on 3 June – but only after surviving an almighty scare.

Atlético required a minor miracle after last week's Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired 3-0 first-leg defeat but amid a sensational opening their prayers looked like being answered. Saúl Ñíguez's header raised hopes and when Antoine Griezmann's mis-hit penalty found the net four minutes later, it was on.

Ronaldo aiming for more glory

In a semi-final played at frenetic pace, Zinédine Zidane's men slowly found their poise and three minutes before half-time the white half of the Spanish capital breathed a collective sigh of relief as Isco slotted in. It meant Atleti had to score three more; to their credit, they gave it a go.

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Gameiro responds after Navas's save

Yet when Kaylor Navas brilliantly denied substitute Kevin Gameiro midway through the second period, the jig was up. Atlético won on the night, in their last-ever European game at the Vicente Calderón, but it is Real Madrid who march on to the final against Juventus.

Key player: Luka Modrić
Karim Benzema impressed but for cool-headed assurance it is the Croatian who gets the nod. While others threatened to lose their heads Modrić diligently went about his unassuming business. "La tranquilidad", Zidane said recently when asked what the 31-year-old brought to the side. Tonight, he was here, there and everywhere when Madrid needed him most.

Saúl Ñíguez reflects on Atlético's elimination

What a way to say goodbye!
This was almost certainly Atlético's final UEFA club competition outing at the Calderón (barring a possible play-off should they finish fourth in the Liga). The stage was set for a grand farewell and they did not disappoint. Two goals for the Rojiblancos in the opening 16 minutes raised the atmosphere to fever pitch. In the end the home fans didn't get the result they wanted but they certainly gave the stadium the send-off it deserved – not to mention that elusive victory (on the night) over Madrid in Europe.

Reporter's view
Joe Walker (@UEFAcomJoeW)
Where to start? Atlético fought tooth and nail, they gave everything and had us all believing. It was a performance worthy of a goodbye to this grand old ground and despite elimination they showed exactly what they are all about. For Real Madrid, history awaits. Can they be the first team to retain the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era? With just one more goal required for 500 in the competition you wouldn't bet against them.

Last updated: 11/05/17 1.52CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

real madrid

Real Madrid

13
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
Yellow Card34
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
Yellow Card34
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
5
VaraneRaphaël Varane
6
KokeKoke
Substitution76
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
Goal16
8
KroosToni Kroos
8
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
Goal12
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution76
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution56
12
MarceloMarcelo
10
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
14
CasemiroCasemiro
Substitution77
14
GabiGabi (C)
Yellow Card37
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
15
SavićStefan Savić
Yellow Card6
22
IscoIsco
Goal42
Substitution88
24
GiménezJosé María Giménez
Substitution56
23
DaniloDanilo
Yellow Card4

Substitutes

1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
5
TiagoTiago
6
NachoNacho
11
CorreaÁngel Correa
Substitution76
Yellow Card85
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
19
LucasLucas Hernández
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
21
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution56
17
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
Substitution77
22
ParteyThomas Partey
Substitution56
20
AsensioMarco Asensio
Substitution76
23
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Substitution88

Coach

Diego Simeone (ARG) Zinédine Zidane (FRA)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Ali Palabıyık (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution