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Real Madrid book UEFA Champions League final date with Juve

14 May 2017
Real Madrid book UEFA Champions League final date with Juve

"We overcame some very competitive sides en route to the final, the likes of Bayern, the game in Naples, which also was a tough one, and Atletico", said Ramos, whose side are also in pole position to win the Spanish title. This time the French global found the net, albeit with a bit of fortune as Navas got a hand to his mishit spot-kick but couldn't keep it out.

Navas produced an incredible double save from Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro to keep Atleti out with Real in the driver's seat, and the Costa Rican also denied Griezmann moments later before a torrential thunderstorm pounded the Calderon in the dying stages. The club sent a series of tweets that praised its fans for having unconditional love for the team despite the results, accompanied by the hashtag "they can't understand".

They also have a slim chance of making up the five-point gap to Atletico Madrid in third, something f ormer River Plate man Mercado has not given up hope of.

It was an inspired piece of skill by Karin Benzema that shattered Atletico Madrid's hopes of a comeback in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Juventus made it to their second Champions League final in three years after clinching a comfortable 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco at the Juventus Stadium.

That pride certainly seemed stung by the surprisingly pathetic way Simeone's side surrendered 3-0 in the first leg, and they started the match as if nearly looking to make up for the damage to their reputation as much as make up the deficit. The opportunistic midfielder did not make a mistake in converting the goal.

Zidane, however, was delighted with his contribution, saying afterwards: "I don't know how Benzema got out of there, football it's not only about the goals". Isco was nearby and picked up the rebound to easily score from close range.

But Isco silenced the Vicente Calderon by scoring against the run of play just before halftime.

Simeone said there is no easy formula to take Atletico to the next level.

However, Real Madrid missed the last weekend's victory over Granada after Zidane revealed in the preview of the game that the France global had suffered another setback. After beating arch-rivals Atletico Madrid, this will be Real Madrid's second consecutive Champions League final. Right now, they are the best team in the world, fighting to win LaLiga and the Champions League.

Shaka Hislop believes Zinedine Zidane is not to blame for James Rodriguez's troubles at Real Madrid.

The Coppa Italia final meeting with Lazio has been changed to May 17 due to Juve's success in the Champions League and advancement to next month's final.