Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Real survive early Atletico onslaught to reach final


But Zinedine Zidane will not be taking any chances and is expected to field a strong team as they look to continue their quest of retaining the Champions League.

It's been an inconsistent season by Atletico Madrid standards, and they have a mountain to climb at home when they face Real Madrid in the second leg of the semi-final. The other goal was scored by Mario Mandzukic, who now plays for Juventus. Now we're in the final, we're going to have time to prepare it, but we're happy for what we've done. "It is a club that also gave me everything", said Zidane.

Expect a closer affair than the first leg, but Real Madrid to still progress to the final in Cardiff.

"I can't do anything about it now", added Zidane.

Juventus is through to the Champions League final, and on Wednesday another team will join them.

But Simeone's men would capitalise on their lucky escape and pulled their first goal back after 12 minutes when Saul rose highest in the box to power home from a Koke corner.

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Of course, it depends on the result, depends on the way we analyse the situation after the match. Herrera has been a key man for Jose Mourinho this season.

But Real stunned the hosts on the stroke of half-time as Isco grabbed a crucial away goal meaning Atletico had to score a further three times without response to make the final. "We must not think about the result from the first leg, just go out to win", he said. "They are flying the flag for Italian football in Europe and deserve great credit for that". - Isco scored his first Champions League goal since April 2014 (v Borussia Dortmund), ending a run of 30 games in the competition without scoring. It shows I'm doing something right as a manager, but with this squad, all of them are doing something phenomenal.

Real Madrid will travel to the second leg without star man Gareth Bale who is sidelined with an injury.

It was just the start Diego Simeone's side were looking for and four minutes later it got even better.

"They have their strengths and we have ours, the fact we've won two finals against them doesn't mean we're going to get through if we think it does then we're making a big mistake". We had an bad result last week but we believed we could come back.

"The atmosphere was one of those magical moments in the Calderon that will live in people's memories forever". It was the hat-trick by Ronaldo that put the match beyond the reach of Atletico Madrid.

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