Knowing they needed at least three goals to get back from their 3-0 first leg defeat, Atletico proposed an aggressive affair and Danilo and Stefan Savic were booked in the first five minutes.
By then Atletico were 2-0 ahead after Saul Niguez headed the home side ahead from a Koke corner in the 11th minute before Antoine Griezmann doubled Atleticos lead six minutes later after Rafael Varene had fouled Fernando Torres in the Real Madrid penalty area.
Although they have lost four of the five Champions League finals they have played in, including that one to Madrid almost two decades ago, their one win came against the holders of the competition.
"We gave our all". "It's a testament to the good things we've achieved in recent years". "Waking up every day and planning games makes me motivated".
"This is Real Madrid's seventh consecutive semi-final". Despite strong campaigns from the capital club and prolific Napoli, Allegri's Bianconeri have never looked like surrendering top spot and such is their imperious power the treble is up for grabs as they will also face Lazio in the upcoming Coppa Italia final. The side played well (in the second leg) and we were close to achieving something unbelievable.
While detailing his thought process as defenders suffocated him for space, "I'm a little lonely and suddenly three defenders come to me".
"The first 30, 35 minutes will remain with the people here for a long time. They kept hope, showing we weren't talking for the sake of talking but because we believed".
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Fellow pundit Steve McManaman added: "I just feel like the English teams are in transition all the time".
"After the game I asked Benzema how he was able to do that, but he didn't know either", Zidane said. We won the Europa League, Super Cup, Copa del Rey. We haven't won anything yet, but we've taken a significant step.
"Those first 20, 25 minutes will be in the history of the club".
"Everyone saw what a great player he was and now he's proving himself to be a great Coach too".
"It was an nearly ideal first half".
Benzema apparently wanted to go back toward the midfield but suddenly changed direction and took the ball toward the end line, where he stopped and used a couple of quick touches to fool the defenders and get past them into the open space.
"It is those on the pitch who play, run, fight and always give everything they can". "It's clear that we need to keep improving". Today [Wednesday] is an important day - we did not lose even though we are eliminated.
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