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Real survive early Atletico onslaught to reach final

13 Mai 2017

Atletico has had success against top clubs, including with triumphs over Barcelona and Bayern Munich in recent Champions Leagues, but it has come up short when having a chance to win the elusive trophy that could establish the club as one of the best in Europe.

He told Sky Sport Italia: 'I would love to play with him, we all know his qualities. Real Madrid's Isco, right, celebrates after scoring during a Champions League semifinal, 2nd leg soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid, in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Madrid overcame Atleti in the last four to set up a showdown with Juve in Cardiff on June 3, and Bonucci explained Diego Simeone's side "would've sat deeper defensively", although the Bianconeri "will push ourselves to the maximum" regardless.

Driven on by the deafening Calderon, Atletico started well, creating more danger in the opening minutes than they managed in the entire first leg before Saul nodded home Koke's corner in the 12th minute.

The 11-times European champions, who were playing in their seventh consecutive semi-final and targetting a 15th final berth, waited for Atletico to run out of steam and Isco delivered a knockout blow before half-time to make it 2-1, putting them 4-2 up on aggregate.

Griezmann had missed his previous two penalties against Real, including in last year's Champions League final.

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Atletico ends its Champions League campaign without a shot at the title and with its fourth straight elimination to its powerful Spanish rival. "And if we can improve from what we have achieved so far, the future is encouraging". "But there are steps to take in this process, and you have to take them". We just weren't good enough at the Bernabeu. The French striker was surrounded by three Atletico defenders at the byline, but somehow found a way past all of them with a pair of quick touches.

Oblak made another brilliant stop to deny the German, but Isco followed up from close range to bundle the ball home.

"The first 20 minutes of this magic night at the Calderon will be remembered forever", Simeone said. "Our first half was almost ideal but that great play by Benzema cost us".

"I'm proud of this team for showing character when we were 2-0 down and go looking for the goal".

Real Madrid maintains hopes of pulling off a domestic-European double, with the club neck and neck with Barcelona in La Liga as the season winds down.

Real survive early Atletico onslaught to reach final