The semi finals of the Champions League are now behind us, and the finalists have made their intentions clear. First we had Atletico Madrid, who’s brilliant goal from Antoine Griezmann secured their away goal victory after their 2-2 draw over both legs. The opponent Bayern Munich fought hard, but failed to keep the clean sheet at home giving the Spanish side the advantage. Xabi Alonso’s first half free kick and Lewandowki’s second half header wasn’t enough to put the German giants through to the final. Both sides had their chance from the spot but Muller’s penalty was saved superbly by Jan Oblak in the Atleti net, while Manuel Neuer stopped Fernando Torres’ deadball on the opposing side. Diego Simeone’s men secured their place in the Champions League final and will face winners of the second semi final.
Real Madrid hosted Manchester City in the second leg of their tie, following the rather disappointing 0-0 draw in Manchester. Los Blancos certainly seemed up to the challenge, dominating the game with a 1-0 lead courtesy of Gareth Bale’s deflected weak foot strike into the top left corner of Joe Hart’s net from a tight angle. City had a few chances of their own, with Fernandinho’s strike clipping the outer side of the left stick, an away goal that would have been huge for the blue side of Manchester. Madrid defended well throughout the game but even with Cristiano Ronaldo’s return from a recent thigh injury they only managed to find the net once giving the men in white a secure place on the San Siro pitch later this May, setting up an exciting Madrid derby.
Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid (19:45, 28th May 2016)