UEFA Champions League
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
16′ Greizmann (P)
Real Madrid will be hoping to become the first side to successfully defend their Champions League title since the change of format, having progressed into their second consecutive Final of the competition after defeating city-rivals Atlético Madrid 4-2 on aggregate, despite losing 2-1 on the night, in what was the final European match and Madrid Derby to be held at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.
Atlético Madrid trailed 3-0 from the First-leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, but an early Saúl Ñíguez’s header and a 16th minute Antoine Griezmann penalty looked to have given the Rojiblancos hope of a comeback. However Isco’s instinctive-finish three minutes before the break extended Real Madrid’s lead as the Merengues held on to progress into a third Champions League Final in four years.
The hosts started well and went close to taking the lead on the night when Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco’s teasing delivery was met by Koke on the volley, but his effort from a tight-angle was palmed behind at the near-post by Keylor Navas.
The Rojiblancos had a good chance from the resulting-corner, which was met by Fernando Torres, but his header into the ground bounced over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.
A minute later the visitors went close when a Toni Kroos freekick was met by Casemiro with a header that Jan Oblak did well to palm away.
In the 12th minute the hosts took the lead on the night when a Koke corner was met by Ñíguez, who headed the ball home powerfully past Navas.
Two minutes later Atlético were given a golden opportunity to double their lead when the referee awarded the hosts a penalty after Torres was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Raphäel Varane. Griezmann stepped-up to fire the resulting spot-kick home despite Navas guessing right and getting a palm to the effort.
In the 37th minute the visitors went close when Isco cut-inside to fire an effort that Oblak did well to save.
Five minutes later Real Madrid pulled a goal back to extend their aggregate lead. Karim Benzema did exceptionally well to beat three Atlético players and get to the byline before pulling the ball back to Kroos, whose effort was palmed away into the path of Isco, who tucked away the follow-up.
A minute into the second-half the visitors went close when a Cristiano Ronaldo freekick was palmed away by Oblak.
In the 57th minute Real Madrid had a good chance to extend their aggregate lead when Marcelo did well to get to the byline and pull the ball back to Ronaldo, but his scuffed-effort flew just wide.
Atlético Madrid had a good chance to make it three on the night in the 65th minute when Ferreira-Carrasco got the better of Danilo to cut-inside and fire an effort that Navas palmed away into the path of substitute Kevin Gameiro, whose follow-up header was brilliantly palmed behind with an instinctive-save.
Four minutes later Los Blancos though they had levelled the scores on the night when a Real Madrid corner was pulled back to Luka Modrić, whose sliced volley found its way into the back of the net. However due to Ronaldo’s attempt to get onto the effort from an offside position, the goal was chalked-off, despite the Portuguese not actually touching the ball.
Seconds later the hosts went close when Griezmann fired an effort from a tight-angle that Navas was forced to palm behind.
Four minutes later Real Madrid went close to drawing level on the night when Benzema latched onto a fine Marcelo cross with a diving-header that flew just wide.
In the first of two additional minutes Atlético went close to getting a third on the night when Griezmann fired an effort at-goal that Navas did well to palm away.
The result meant that Real Madrid will join Juventus in Cardiff for the UEFA Champions League Final, where they will aim to become the first side to defend the title since the change of format. Atlético Madrid bowed out of the competition on aggregate, on the night where they were victorious in the final European match and Madrid Derby at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.