MADRID — Defending champion Actual Madrid withstood an early onslaught by Atletico Madrid to succeed in a 3rd Champions League remaining in 4 years regardless of a 2-1 loss to its metropolis rival on Wednesday.
Atletico, which trailed Three-Zero after the primary leg, scored twice within the first 16 minutes on the Vicente Calderon Stadium to maneuver inside a objective of sending the semifinal, second-leg into further time. However Francisco “Isco” Alarcon netted an important away objective for Actual Madrid earlier than halftime to safe a Four-2 victory on mixture and a spot within the remaining in opposition to Juventus on June Three in Cardiff.
Madrid will attempt to change into the primary group to win back-to-back titles because the competitors’s new format was created in 1992. Madrid would be the first group to have an opportunity to defend its title since Manchester United made it to consecutive finals in 2008-09.
Atletico ends its Champions League marketing campaign and not using a shot on the title and with its fourth straight elimination to its highly effective Spanish rival. Madrid defeated Atletico within the remaining final 12 months and in 2014, and in addition eradicated the crosstown opponent within the quarterfinals in 2015.
Atletico saved its hopes alive on Wednesday by scoring two early targets to ignite the gang on the packed Calderon.
Saul Niguez netted the primary objective with a header off a nook within the 12th minute, and Antoine Griezmann added to the lead 4 minutes later by changing a penalty after Fernando Torres was tripped by defender Raphael Varane.
Griezmann, who had missed a penalty in final 12 months’s remaining in opposition to Madrid, slipped barely simply as he was taking the shot. Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas bought his glove to the ball, however couldn’t hold it out.
Madrid coped with the setbacks and because the strain from Atletico started to ease, the champions struck a decisive blow when Karim Benzema got here up with a spectacular transfer to create Isco’s objective.
The French striker was surrounded by three Atletico defenders on the byline, however in some way discovered a well beyond all of them with a pair of fast touches. He sped into the realm and despatched a backward cross to Toni Kroos, whose shot was parried by goalkeeper Jan Oblak. However Isco pounced on the rebound to attain from shut vary.
The objective all however ended Atletico’s hopes of advancing, and the second half was performed at a a lot calmer tempo, with few important scoring alternatives for each groups.
Navas needed to make a high-quality double-save within the 66th minute to dam a shot by Yannick Carrasco and a header by Kevin Gameiro, whereas Cristiano Ronaldo had a objective disallowed for offside on the different finish within the 69th.
Earlier than the sport, Atletico followers had displayed large banners that learn, “proud to not be such as you,” a response to Madrid’s message earlier than the primary leg.
The banners on the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium final week learn “inform me the way it feels,” together with a picture of the Champions League trophy and the phrases “Milan” and “Lisbon,” the cities which hosted the finals the place Madrid defeated Atletico in 2014 and 2016.
Atletico was upset by the banners and provoked Madrid within the run-up to the second leg. The membership despatched a collection of tweets that praised its followers for having unconditional love for the group regardless of the outcomes, accompanied by the hashtag “they’ll’t perceive.”
The Atletico crowd stayed on to cheer their group lengthy after the ultimate whistle, whereas the gamers returned from the altering rooms a number of minutes after the sport to greet the followers. Coach Diego Simeone was loudly cheered. He was nonetheless asking for the gang’s assist in second-half stoppage time.
Madrid gamers additionally returned to thanks their very own supporters, and plenty of Atletico followers threw objects towards them.
It was the ultimate European recreation on the Calderon earlier than Atletico strikes into a brand new venue subsequent season.
Earlier than the sport, native media reported that some Atletico followers threw bottles and stones at a bus carrying Madrid supporters, inflicting minor accidents to a few of them. Police additionally confronted some Atletico followers simply exterior the stadium.