Champions league : Real Madrid joined Juventus in the final
The Real Madrid, the title holder, joined Juventus Turin in the final of the champions League, eliminating his neighbor Atletico, in spite of his defeat Wednesday, may 10, in the semi-finals (2-1).
The club coached by Zinedine Zidane had won 3 to 0 on the go. The “Colchoneros” have everything given for them to reverse the situation, and were close to the feat, leading quickly 2-0 after goals from Saul Niguez (12e) and Antoine Griezmann (16e, pk). But Isco is responsible to turn off their hopes just before the half-time (42e).
This is the Real on-orbit : at the beginning of June, the Juve defence to Cardiff, the club merengue will his ” Duodecima “, that is to say, his 12e as in C1. This would be his third victory in four years, with the dream of becoming the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to retain his crown continental.
Winner for the butter
Be in another final is, in itself, a dedication to Zidane : champion of Europe in 2016 for its first season as the head coach, the former French player is close to write a new page in his legend, that of a hero of football was born under the most beautiful star.
If the Real continues its romance with the ” the Cup with big ears “, Atletico did everything to get rid of its bulky neighbour. Here it is the winner for the butter after it was beaten when it really mattered, in the final editions in 2014 and 2016, and at each time the face of the Real.
This derby in europe has respected the tradition : it was intense, hanging, electric, undecided, and the Real, as it has for more than a century, has ended with disgust Atletico. The men of Diego Simeone, however, have been successful in their start to the game beyond their expectations, taking the Real to the throat in a first quarter of an hour of madness.
Double contact lavish
From the 12e minute, Saul stood on the corner to open the mark of the head. Four minutes later, a fault avoidable Raphael Varane on Fernando Torres has offered a penalty kick to Griezmann, who has not trembled (16e), which will be the sixth goal in the champions League.
But such a level of intensity that was hardly sustainable, and Atletico has ended up back at the half-hour game. This is what saved the Real, until then overdue and soon perked up by the excellent Meals and the metronome Luka Modric.
by talent, Karim Benzema has also to resell. Criticized this season, sometimes whistled by its own public, the French has arisen when it really mattered : enclosed along the goal line, Benzema has managed a double contact of a sumptuous escape three defenders, before Isco failed to finish the work (42e).
This is now 61 official matches in a row that the team of Zidane scores at least one goal record Bayern Munich equaled, and it has an immense value : it has made the task impossible to Atletico, forced to score three times.