Isco Strike Dent Atletico Fightback As Real Madrid March On To Cardiff



Saúl and Griezmann scored early to give Atletico hope for a magical comeback, only for Isco to dent their dream smashing home the all-important away goal from a rebound before half-time to guarantee Madrid’s journey to Cardiff.

An awesome start to the match as Atletico was urged on by the Vincente Calderon crowd, held a high line to heap early pressure on the visiting rivals. The climate at the stadium was inebriated, and it positively assumed control over Diego Simeone side as they fight Los Blancos off the ball and created inconvenience for Navas at an opportune time.

Costa Rican shot stopper needed to respond fast to deny Koke as the midfielder attempted to toe-jab the ball into the net, while Casemiro’s header forced a decent save from Jan Oblak as well.

Referee Cuneyt Cakir, was not in the state of mind to give the match a chance to escape his grip and did not falter when booking Danilo, to begin with, and after that Savic, in the opening minutes.


Also, it was a good start for Atletico as they were awarded for their initial dominance over the visitors in an ideal way. Koke swung in a corner from the right and Saul ascend high to control a header past Keylor Navas.

The fans at the Vicente Calderon were going wild when Torres went down in the 18-yard box after a challenge from  Rafael Varane and the ref pointed to the penalty spot. Keylor Navas got the smallest of touches as Griezmann’s penalty found the back of the net.

There appeared to be a delay after the tumultuous opening 15th minutes which seems like Athletico are going to pounce on Madrid, but the visitors figured out how to see a greater amount of the ball, yet without ended up being a danger for Atletico’s strong defense.

Real looked comfortable keeping city rivals under control, while Atletico were not really making any progress with a lot of attempts that result in nothing.

However, the game come back to life when Benzema magically drive past three defenders at the sideline to pull the ball back for Kroos who was in a decent shooting position inside the six-yard box and smash the ball, Oblak made an amazing save, only for Isco to stabbed home the all-important away goal from the rebound.

Atletico endeavored to battle back in the second half, but they had a mountain to move with the Los Blancos looking more perilous on the break. Isco conveyed Madrid’s midfield all night in yet another superb execution which brings to question Zidane’s decision to leave out the Spanish midfielder of such important game.

Real Madrid and Juventus will confront each other in the final in Cardiff on the third of June, after thrashing out arch rivals Atletico 4-2 on aggregate


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