Real Madrid doused Atletico Madrid’s comeback threat at an emotional game at Vicente Calderon and secured their chance of becoming the first side to win the Champions League two years in a row.
This return leg started very differently from Real’s dominant 3-0 win at Bernabeu, as this time it were Atletico who pounced to a 2-0 lead behind Saul Niguez’ 12th-minute header and Antoine Griezmann’s penalty.
But Isco made sure Real had enough cushion on the aggregate when he poked home the rebound from Toni Kroos’ shot following Karim Benzema’s amazing run.
“We are very happy, what we have achieved is not easy, we have eliminated a great rival,” said Isco after the match. “Getting to the final this way tastes much better.”
“It was what we expected, they scored two goals from our mistakes, we started very badly, but then we recovered and we played well.”
Atletico, who will move to a new stadium after this season, was able to win their last Champions League game at Calderon but they got defeated by Real for the fourth time in the last four seasons of the European tournament, including the finale in 2014 and 2016.
Home fans cheered on their side and started to take off seats and signs to get memorabilia from the stadium where Atleti played at for the last 21 years.
Italian giants Juventus grabbed the first spot in the Cardiff final after beating Monaco in the other semis match.
Real have won 11 European Cup/Champions League trophies in their illustrious existence, more than any other club, and now they will try to become the first side to defend their European title.
Juventus are no strangers to winning the premier European tournament, as they are two-time European champions, though they have lost a record six final appearances.