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Thursday, 11 May 2017

The sports Gist trending as It Happened: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid


This is sports live commentary of the second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid from the Vicente Calderon.

It is reported that Cristiano Ronaldo netted a stunning hat-trick in the first leg last week as Real Madrid took firm control of the tie with a 3-0 success.

No team has ever overcome a three-goal first-leg deficit at this stage of the competition, but that is the task facing Atletico if they are to avoid more heartbreak against their bitter rivals.

Follow our live minute-by-minute coverage of the action below...


OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

ATLETICO MADRID: Oblak; Gimenez, Godin, Savic, Luis; Gabi, Saul, Koke; Carrasco, Torres, Griezmann

REAL MADRID: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo


The referee brings the second period to a close with Real Madrid booking their spot in the 2017 Champions League final despite losing 2-1 at Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their semi-final. Thanks for joining Nigerianeye for the action once again. Until next time!


90 min+3 FULL-TIME: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (Real Madrid win 4-2 on aggregate)

90 min+2 SAVE! Smart save from Navas to keep out Griezmann's effort.

90 min+2 The rain continues to pour in Madrid as the full-time whistle draws closer. It will be Real Madrid against Juventus in the 2017 Champions League final. What a brilliant match-up!

90 min+1 We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of the 90.

90 min Ronaldo turns and fires over the Atletico crossbar from the edge of the home side's box.


89 min Out of nowhere, the heavens have opened!

88 min REAL MADRID SUB! Morata replaces Isco for Real Madrid.

88 min Some of the Atletico supporters are making their way towards the exits as we approach the final moments of this match. Real Madrid have done enough to negotiate this difficult second leg tonight.

86 min BOOKING! Correa (Atletico) is booked for a late challenge on Ronaldo.

85 min Challenges are flying in all over the place at the moment as both teams battle for possession of the ball. It is a surprise that the referee has been able to keep all 22 players on the field so far here.

83 min The Real Madrid supporters are in fine voice as we approach the final five minutes of football. Atletico started so well tonight, but it is going to be Real Madrid in the 2017 Champions League final.

81 min Again it is super defending from Varane as the Frenchman denies Griezmann with a fine challenge inside the Real Madrid box. Atletico continue to force the issue as we enter the final 10 minutes.

78 min CHANCE! Gameiro has the chance to slot home from close range after super work from Correa, but Ramos just does enough to turn behind. Good pressure from Atletico here.

77 min REAL MADRID SUBS! Asensio and Vasquez replace Casemiro and Benzema.

76 min ATLETICO SUB! Correa replaces Koke for Atletico.

75 min Benzema dances into the Atletico box, but Thomas just does enough to make the challenge.

74 min CLOSE! Benzema meets a super cross from Marcelo, but his effort hits the side-netting. Atletico are living a charmed life at the moment as they continue to commit players forward.

73 min Atletico are preparing to make their third change of the night, with Angel Correa getting ready. Still three goals needed for the home side in the final 20 minutes or so at the Vicente Calderon.

71 min SAVE! Decent save from Navas to keep out Griezmann's swerving effort.

70 min GOAL DISALLOWED! Ronaldo has the ball in the back of the net for Real Madrid, but the offside flag is raised. It was a very tight call, with Godin potentially playing the number seven onside!

69 min Navas has had his critics this season, but the Costa Rican has just made a massive double save. Atletico really needed one of those to go in, with the aggregate score still 4-2 approaching the final 20 minutes. The home side need to score at least three times in the final stages tonight.

67 min SAVES! Incredible goalkeeping from Navas as the Real Madrid stopper first denies Carrasco from close range, before keeping out Gameiro's header from the rebound! Incredible!

66 min Not an awful lot to report in the last few minutes, with neither side creating much in the final third of the field. Atletico need three goals, but Real Madrid are comfortable as they pass and probe. Simeone continues to prowl the touchline, hoping that something will drop for his side here.

63 min Possession football from Atletico in the last few moments, but they cannot seem to find a route past Ramos and Varane, and another attack ends with Real Madrid clearing their lines.

61 min Still no movement on the Real Madrid bench, but we are entering the stage of the match where Zidane will be considering changes, and the Frenchman has a number of talented attackers on the bench. As for Atletico, Simeone's side are still in need of at least three more goals tonight.

58 min Another half-chance for Real Madrid as Ronaldo meets a low cross from Marcelo, but his effort is wide of the post. Still 4-2 Real Madrid on aggregate with 58 minutes on the clock here.

56 min... ATLETICO SUBS! Gameiro and Thomas replace Gimenez and Torres.

56 min Half-chance for Isco as the Spaniard finds space outside the Atletico box, but his effort was always wide of the post. Atletico are preparing to make a double change here...

54 min Griezmann finds Carrasco with a super pass inside the Real Madrid box, but the Belgian just cannot control under pressure from Marcelo, and the away side have a goal kick. Atletico really need to find a third goal in the next five or so minutes if they are to stand a chance of progressing here.

52 min Atletico need their supporters to stay with them, but Real Madrid are taking the pace out of the match with a period of possession, which is exactly what the doctor ordered at this stage.

50 min... Griezmann's free kick misses the Real Madrid crossbar.

49 min Atletico have a free kick in a dangerous position as Isco brings Gimenez to the deck...

49 min SAVE! Oblak stands tall to keep out a free kick from Ronaldo, which had been struck with some pace towards the Atletico goal. Another goal for Real Madrid and it would be curtains!

47 min... no changes from either side at the break, which is not too much of a surprise. However, I suspect that both managers will already have alterations in mind as the second period develops here.

46 min RESTART! Atletico resume the action here...

The referee brings the first period to a close with Atletico Madrid leading Real Madrid 2-1 on the night, but trailing 4-2 on aggregate. It was all Atletico in the early moments, and they scored twice through Saul and Griezmann to move to within one goal of their rivals. A close-range finish from Isco in the 42nd minute, however, has seen Real Madrid register an all-important away goal.


45 min+3 HALF-TIME: Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (Real Madrid lead 4-2 on aggregate)

45 min+1 Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas stays on the deck after a collision with Torres. There did not seem to be too much in it, but Navas looks in some distress in the latter stages of the first period here.

45 min What a brilliant opening 45 minutes at the Vicente Calderon. Real Madrid were in all sorts of trouble when they fell 2-0 behind early on, but Isco's goal has put them in a strong position once again.

43 min Real Madrid score a vital away goal at the Calderon as Isco converts from close range after Oblak had palmed a Kroos effort straight in front of him. It is a massive goal for the away side here.

42 min GOAL! Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (Isco)

41 min Real Madrid have had a lot of the ball since Atletico's incredible start to the match, but the visitors have really struggled to create openings. Kroos looks to find Ronaldo with a cross from a wide position, but Savic is on hand to head clear. Little under five minutes of the first period to play here.

38 min Isco dances into the Atletico box before having a go, but Oblak makes a comfortable save.

37 min BOOKING! Gabi (Atletico) is now booked for dissent after questioning the referee's decision not to book Isco for a late challenge on Griezmann. Bookings for everyone tonight!

36 min Simeone asks for more from the home supporters as Real Madrid pass and probe in Atletico's half of the field. I must admit that I fancy Real Madrid to find the net at some point tonight.

34 min BOOKING! Ramos (Real Madrid) is booked for dissent.

34 min BOOKING! Godin (Atletico) is booked for a heavy challenge on Ronaldo.

34 min All kicking off here as Godin jumps into the back of Ronaldo, which sees Ramos come flying over!

33 min Casemiro is fortunate to escape a yellow card following a poor challenge on Griezmann, who was chopped to the deck in the middle of the park. Casemiro really should have gone in the book there.

31 min Not an awful lot to report in terms of chances in the last few minutes, with both teams guilty of conceding possession in the final third of the field. The game has now settled into a pattern.

28 min Possession football for Real Madrid as they continue to pass and probe in Atletico's half of the field. It is not too much of a surprise that the home side have dropped a little deeper after such a fast start. Simeone's side need a third, but there is no point chasing the game at this moment.

26 min Saul steps on the foot of Isco, and Ramos goes absolutely potty as he calls for a yellow card. The referee, however is unmoved and simply awards a free kick, which is wasted by the visitors.

24 min The wind is swirling around the Vicente Calderon, with a cross from Marcelo evading Ronaldo at the far post. Godin then smashes into Modric with a clean challenge, which brings more cheers from the home supporters. Real Madrid, however, are seeing much more of the ball at the moment.

22 min Real Madrid would have wanted to get through the opening 15, 20 minutes without conceding, but Atletico have simply not allowed their rivals to breathe tonight. It has been an incredible display from the home side, although there are signs that the play is just starting to settle at the Calderon.

20 min The atmosphere inside this stadium is absolutely incredible, with Atletico right back in this semi-final. Real Madrid are still the favourites due to the fact that they will fancy netting an away goal, but the home side have given themselves serious hope with a lot of football left to play tonight.

17 min Incredible, just incredible. Griezmann puts his penalty past Navas, and we are now 3-2 in this semi-final. Real Madrid have absolutely fallen apart in the opening 17 minutes of this second leg!

16 min GOAL! Atletico Madrid 2-0 Real Madrid (Griezmann)

16 min Atletico have a penalty as Varane brings Torres to the ground inside the box. Incredible!

15 min PENALTY ATLETICO!

13 min There it is! Atletico make the breakthrough at the Vicente Calderon as Saul rises to head a brilliant Koke corner into the back of the net. We have lift-off in Madrid, and this semi-final is alive!

12 min GOAL! Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid (Saul Niguez)

11 min Carrasco delivers another dangerous cross into the Real Madrid box after finding space in a wide position, but Griezmann does not gamble, and the away side can clear their lines once again.

9 min It has been a wonderful opening nine minutes at the Vicente Calderon, with both teams committing numbers in the final third of the field. Atletico have to go for it tonight, and that will leave space for Real Madrid down the other end. If Atletico can score first here, then you just never know what could happen.

7 min SAVE! Wonderful save from Oblak as the Atletico goalkeeper keeps out a header from Casemiro, which seemed destined for the bottom corner! Sensational goalkeeping from Oblak!

6 min BOOKING! Savic (Atletico) is booked for an elbow on Isco.

5 min SAVE! Super chance for Atletico as Carrasco breaks down the right before delivering a low cross into Koke, but the Spaniard's near-post effort is kept out by Keylor Navas!


4 min BOOKING! Danilo (Real Madrid) is booked for a high challenge on Luis.

3 min Comfortable save from Oblak as the Atletico goalkeeper keeps out a strike from Isco.

2 min... Griezmann decides to have a pop from distance after finding space in the final third of the field, but his effort was always high of the crossbar. Before that, Ramos received a bit of treatment after colliding with Fernando Torres in a pretty heavy aerial challenge. It has been a full-throttle start.

0 min KICKOFF! Real Madrid kick things off at the Vicente Calderon...

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