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Defending champs Real Madrid beat Atletico in the 2nd leg of their semi-final to face Juventus in next month’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Real Madrid had a 3-0 advantage from the first leg. But hosts Atletico stormed into an early 2-0 lead through Saul Niguez’s header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty.

But Real ended their momentum with an away goal, when Isco poked in a rebound after Toni Kroos’ shot

This left Atletico needing three more goals to reach a third Champions League final in four seasons.

Ultimately, Atletico’s efforts were not enough as Real beat their rivals in the competition for the fourth successive season.

Real Madrid attempting to become the first team to win the Champions League twice in a row, will meet Juventus at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 3 June.

Italian champions Juventus, who progressed with a 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco, are attempting to win their first Champions League title in 21 years.

It means a reunion for Madrid manager Zidane, who played in that final for the Italian side, with his former club.

“It has been a very important club for me in my career and I keep it as a club that has given me everything. It is going to be something special,” said the Frenchman, who played for Juve between 1996 and 2001.

What they said:

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane:

“We are very happy, happy to reach the final again. It is all merited, especially for the players who have worked so far. It’s deserved.

“We had difficulties at the beginning, we got two goals, but we did not have to worry. We knew we were going to have chances.

“We knew they would come out strong, with pressure. But after 25 minutes it changed completely. In the second part, we found our game.”

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi:  “The performance was the least we could do. I thought we were excellent in the first half. A moment of genius from Benzema took away from the dream but we never stopped fighting and I’m proud of everyone.”


Atletico Madrid
Ñíguez (12′ minutes)
Griezmann (16′ minutes pen)

Real Madrid
Isco (42′ minutes)

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