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Atletico out; Madrid, Juventus to play finals

Atletico Madrid’s road to the final would come to an end after a spirited performance against rivals Real Madrid was unable to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg.

Los Rojiblancos raced out the blocks as they knew they needed three goals to stand any chance of progressing with the side going all out attack.

Saul Niguez would get on the end of Koke cross from the right wing to power in a header past Keylor Navas.

And it looked like it was going to be their night when they were awarded a spot kick after Fernando Torres was bundled over by Raphael Varane. Antoine Griezmann stepped up and doubled their lead with a cheeky penalty. The Frenchman, who had missed a penalty in last year’s UCL final, went brave with a Paneka-style chip past the diving Navas.

It would be the first time since 2004 that Real Madrid would concede two goals in the first opening 20 minutes of a UCL match.

But Real Madrid would put a brake to Atletico’s momentum when they got the valuable away goal that made a comeback even harder.

Isco would smash in a rebound after Toni Kroos’ fierce shot would fly into his path. The goal ultimately killing off any hope of an Atletico turnaround with home supporters gradually accepting their fate.

Real Madrid would face Juventus at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, 3 June. With the Spanish giants looking to be the first team to win the tournament twice in a row and Juve looking to lay hands on a trophy they last touched in 1996.

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