It’s Real Madrid who have progressed to their second Champions League final in three years with a 1-0 victory over Manchester City, both on the night and on aggregate. Madrid dominated throughout the match and outplayed their English opponents in every department to reach the final. Madrid take on their local rivals Atletico Madrid, who defeated Bayern Munich on away goals a night before. The 2015-16 final will be a repeat of the 2013-14 final, when Atletico Madrid were beaten 4-1 after extra time by Real Madrid, after they had been winning 1-0 till the 93rd minute of regulation time.
City started the match needing to score to win the match in normal time. But Madrid were too good for City, who were on the back foot from the starting of the game. And eventually after dominating for 20 minutes, Los Blancos opened the scoring with a Fernando own goal. It was a great move down the right hand side, as a terrific run by Gareth Bale was seen by Carvajal. The Welshman tried to cross the ball for Jese or Ronaldo to tap-in. But the ball struck the outstretched leg of Fernando and looped over Hart’s head, who could have done nothing about the goal. The only glorious opportunity for the Citizens fell for Fernandinho, who struck the outside of the post from just outside the box. Madrid then missed some very good chances to seal their victory, but in the end, a goal was enough to take them into their their 14th Champions League/European Cup final, the most by any team in the competition. Here are major talking points from the match.
1) Real Madrid break the jinx
It won’t be totally inappropriate to say that Manchester City were the easiest of all the fixtures for all the three teams. Les Merengues got lucky to be drawn against them, but the fact that they had to play the second leg at home was a terrifying thing. Although playing at home in the second leg is always considered to be advantageous, it has been the opposite in recent years. In the eight semi-finals played across the past four seasons, the team playing the second leg at home suffered the axe. Even the other semi-final of the current season went to Atleti, who played their second leg away from home. Madrid were cautious in the first leg of the tie, and made sure they don’t concede in England. And then another excellent defensive display at the Bernabeu helped them break the jinx that had continued for nine straight matches.