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Real Madrid in Champions League final despite defeat

20 Mai 2017

The two football giants Real Madrid and Juventus are due to battle it out in Cardiff in the upcoming Champions League final. Real head coach Zinedine Zidane will have to consider whether to field his strongest 11 or to rest footballers who played in midweek, especially as his side has to play away to Celta Vigo in another potentially decisive match on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid qualified for the UEFA Champions League (UCL) final for the 3rd time in 4 seasons as they get past Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate.

Zinedine Zidane spoke at press conference the day before Real Madrid will play against Sevilla at Santiago Bernabéu.

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta has grudgingly accepted Real Madrid and Juventus are deserving Champions League finalists.

TRTWorld's Samantha Johnson has more. We haven't won anything yet, but we've taken a significant step.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann in action with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

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Sweeping irresistibly forward, Fernando Torres was fouled by Raphael Varane in the box and Griezmann calmly slotted the resulting penalty past Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

The goal allowed Madrid to match Bayern Munich's record of 61 consecutive games scoring at least one goal in all competitions, a feat the German club achieved from 2013-14. "Facing them in the final will be special, because I still have Juventus in my heart", he said.

Atleticos final European game at the Vicente Calderon before they move into the new stadium will be remembered for the fantastic atmosphere the supporters created as they tried to help their team overcome their arch-rivals.

The Spanish global and four-time victor of the competition said, via Marca.: "Madrid and Juve are just Champions finalists, but you lose interest when you do not play the final".

Atletico got the goal they needed to get back into the tie 12 minutes in when Koke's outswinging corner was met powerfully by Saul for his fourth Champions League goal of the season. "It won't be easy, but while there's hope we'll keep fighting". Karim Benzema's sensational solo dribble on the left byline took out three Atletico defenders and he cut the ball back for Toni Kroos to drive a shot at goal.

Real Madrid in Champions League final despite defeat