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Real Madrid reached a third Champions League final in four years after they marched into the Cardiff final despite a 2-1 defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Atletico Madrid scored two goals in the first 16 minutes and it looked like another memorable comeback until Isco struck just before half-time to end those hopes and seal a 4-2 aggregate win. That was Isco’s first Champions league goal since April, 2014. It was Real Madrid’s 499th goal in the Champions league.

Saul Niguez scored from a header in the 12th minute before Antoine Griezmann converted from the penalty spot after Varane had fouled Fernando Torres to give them a big hope but that was before Isco will quell those hopes.

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Atleti persevered but there was little real hope in their second-half efforts, as they suffered European heartbreak against their city rivals for the fourth time in as many seasons.

Diego Simeone should still be proud of his team though, as they showed belief and strong will to try and defy the odds but then the damage had already been done in the first leg.

Real Madrid equaled Bayern Munich’s record by scoring in 61 consecutive matches.

The White Angels will face Juventus, the team Zidane left as a player to move to Santiago Bernabeu in next month’s final in Cardiff as they hope to become the first team to defend a Champions League title.

Juventus knocked out Monaco 4-1 on aggregate after a 2-1 victory in Turin on Tuesday.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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