Real Madrid assure final spot against Juventus despite defeat in Calderon

GETTYIsco's first-half striker all but sealed Real Madrid's place in the final

Atletico were inspired by a sensational atmosphere on their last ever Champions League game at the Vicente Calderon before moving to the new 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano next season.

Midfielder Saul Niguez put Atletico ahead by smashing a header as early as in the 12th minute of the match before Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty into a goal to double the side's lead.

Fourth-placed Sevilla look like Real's most hard opponents in the three remaining games, though Jorge Sampaoli's team are far from the swashbuckling side that ended Real's 40-game unbeaten run in January.

Atletico, the third force in Spanish soccer behind Madrid and Barcelona, was trying to win its first title and avenge the heartbreaking losses to Madrid in a penalty shootout a year ago and after extra time in 2014. I honestly can't remember how many players he left behind.

The Frenchman told Real's website: "We knew we were going to suffer, especially at the beginning".

He has a lot of quality and offers more than just goals.

Two minutes later Luka Modric almost finished the game for Real when his mis-hit shot from a corner was bundled into the net by Cristiano Ronaldo, only for it to be ruled out for offside.


Real have won only one of their last eight league games against Atletico but have found the magic formula against their rivals in the Champions League, which winger Lucas Vazquez said was due to their history in the competition. Making the final for a second successive year is down to everyone's hard work.

"It's been unbelievable. This is not over, we have three more games in La Liga and then we have to think about the final".

Diego Simeone, though, was proud of the way his players responded after that disappointing first leg performance, which saw his team concede three goals to the Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. "It was the minimum that our fans asked of us, just what we had to do".

Real were without the injured Gareth Bale for both legs of the semi-final.

"But I won't give away peanuts to Pipa inside the pitch".

"It's a shame we can't clone players like Godin or Gabi, as they give their life to this club".

"It is clear that we still need to keep growing".

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