Real to face Juve in Champions League final

Atletico Madrid failed to get the better of Real Madrid once more in the UEFA Champions League after a 2-1 win at the Vicente Calderon was not enough to make the final. 

  • Atletico Madrid 2 Real Madrid 1
  • Saul gives Atleti early lead
  • Griezmann penalty gives them hope
  • Isco puts Real back in driving seat
  • Defending champions reach final

Match Summary

Los Colchoneros gave themselves hope of finally ending the hoodoo against their city rivals with two goals in the opening 16 minutes, but Zinedine Zidane's side began to control proceedings and pulled one back three minutes before half-time.

The away goal knocked the wind out of Atleti's sails and they failed to breach Real's goal again in the second half as the defending champions secured a 4-2 aggregate win in the semi-finals.

Full Report

The hosts needed a good start to build momentum, and Saul went close in the fifth minute when he turned Yannick Carrasco's low cross from the right towards goal, but Keylor Navas got down instinctively to push the shot around the right post.

Jan Oblak pulled off an even better save two minutes later at the other end as Casemiro got on the end of Toni Kroos' free-kick, with the keeper getting a strong hand to the header to parry it away.

The action swung back to the opposite goal as Carrasco pulled an effort wide of the right post from outside the area in the eighth minute, although Atletico's efforts were soon rewarded.

Carrasco saw his long-range shot deflected behind for a corner, which led to the opener as Saul rose highest at the near post to head past Navas on 12 minutes.

Diego Simeone's men found themselves in an even stronger position three minutes later when Raphael Varane brought down Fernando Torres inside the area on the right to concede a penalty.

Antoine Griezmann struck his spot-kick with venom, but not accuracy as Navas got a glove onto the ball, although he could not keep it out.

However, Real then found a foothold in the match and took control as Atleti struggled to keep possession.

Isco drew a routine save out of Oblak in the 38th minute as he cut inside after being played in on the left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The goal they were threatening eventually arrived just before half-time, courtesy of brilliant footwork from Karim Benzema, who beat three players on the left byline before cutting the ball back to Kroos, whose first-time shot was well saved by Oblak, and Isco reacted quickest to turn in from close range.

Atleti went for broke in the second half as they poured forward, which left space for Real to exploit and they nearly did so on 58 minutes when Marcello crossed for Ronaldo to steer wide at the near post.

A long ball over the top sent Carrasco clear in the 66th minute, but he was unable to beat Navas, who reacted sharply to deny Kevin Gameiro on the follow-up.

Time was running out and Griezmann forced Navas into another smart save as the keeper parried away his shot from an acute angle on the left, with that chance seeing their final hopes fade.