Real Madrid book Champions League final date with Atletico

A 1-0 narrow win against Manchester City in the second leg sends Real Madrid through to the final of the UEFA Champions League final 2015/16, where they will take on city rivals Atletico Madrid at Milan on 28th May 2016.

Resuming after the 0-0 at Etihad last Tuesday, both teams had everything to play for and much to the disappointment of the fans, the encounter was a drab one. An own goal by City midfielder Fernando in the 20th minute of the first half was enough for Real Madrid to clinch the final spot, in a match they control with much ease. Manchester City, even after going down failed to respond and were easily the second best side over the two legs.

Real Madrid’s start striker Cristiano Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes despite not being fit, while Karim Benzma and Casemiro failed to make the team sheet.

Earlier on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid had booked their place in the final overtaking Bayern Munich on away goal rule. The match on Tuesday ended in 2-1 win for the Bavarians, but the 1-0 win for Atletico at home helped them to stay ahead on away goals.

This year’s finals will be a repeat of the 2013-14, when the two neighbours locked horns at Lisbon. Atletico Madrid went down 4-1 on that occasion, after a Sergio Ramos header in the dying minutes of the second half helped Real Madrid to take the game to the extra time. This also end Real’s 12 year wait for the 10 Champions League title the – ‘La Décima’.