Benzema's great escape puts Madrid in Champions League final

Atletico Madrid have built a reputation for gargantuan achievements under coach Diego Simeone and have not given up hope of a remarkable turnaround against Real Madrid in Wednesday's Champions League semifinal second leg. It was also the final Champions League game at the hallowed stadium.

Dybala and Juventus have the chance to dethrone Zidane's defending champions Madrid at Millennium Stadium on June 3, but the Argentina worldwide heaped praise on the Turin favourite. Despite strong campaigns from the capital club and prolific Napoli, Allegri's Bianconeri have never looked like surrendering top spot and such is their imperious power the treble is up for grabs as they will also face Lazio in the upcoming Coppa Italia final.

Both teams have scored in nine of their last 12 meetings, while Madrid have won but conceded in eight of their home league games this term. Real Madrid take on Juventus in the final at Cardiff on June 3.

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Atletico Madrid clinched a 2-1 win over their rivals last night, but it was just not enough as Real had won the first leg 3 goals to nil thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass.

Madrid sit second to Barcelona in LaLiga due to an inferior head-to-head record, but Zidane's side possess a game in hand which they play against Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

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However, a goal from Isco shortly before half-time effectively killed the contest and Madrid saw out the second half in more comfortable fashion to progress to the final with a 4-2 aggregate win.

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.

"Now, though, I am with Real Madrid, the club of my life and it will be a great final".

"I'm proud of this team for showing character when we were 2-0 down and go looking for the goal". We need a little bit of patience with the managers, we need to keep all of our better players.

"It's a game (v Sevilla) that's just as decisive as the others we have left and we're going to do everything to get the three points", Zidane said.

The Atletico crowd stayed on to cheer their team long after the final whistle, while the players returned from the changing rooms several minutes after the game to greet the fans.

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