Real survive early Atletico onslaught to reach final

Isco's goal sealed the deal for Real

Isco's goal sealed the deal for Real

That sense was on display yet again on Wednesday night as Real Madrid looked to qualify for the Champions League final in their second leg against Atletico Madrid, which they eventually did but not after something of a fright.

The Liga giants booked their spot in the decider despite a 2-1 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, as they claimed a 4-2 aggregate win. Saul Niguez headed the home side ahead from a Koke corner in the 11th minute before Antoine Griezmann doubled Atletico's lead six minutes later after Rafael Varene had fouled Fernando Torres in the Real Madrid penalty area. "Then in the second half we were much better". "We still need to keep improving, the next step is not small, it is very big, but if we can improve then there is a future". They will be the first team to have a chance to defend their title since Manchester United made it to consecutive finals in 2008-09.

"And yes, he was a great player and could turn out to be a great coach". "But I'm with Real Madrid, another club of my life".

Posting an image of himself as he continues his rehabilitation, Bale told his 29million followers: "So proud of the team last night and now continuing my recovery to get back out on the pitch!"

A close range goal from Isco on the break of halftime was vital in easing Real Madrid into the final 4-2 on aggregate after a blistering start from their rivals, who won 2-1.

Zidane was unable to shed any light on the French forward's inspired piece of skill. "But he didn't know either", the Madrid coach said.

Eurogroup raises hopes for deal and disbursement before summer
He, like Dijsselbloem, said that "extra measures if required" would come after the bailout program expires next year. Le Maire will attend the Brussels talks after a morning stop in Berlin to meet Schaeuble.

"This performance was the least that we could have done", Atletico captain Gabi said.

"Everything can happen, but I see the team well, we are strong".

'La Liga is the title I have left to win, it would be a special one for me but I don't want to have to choose between wining La Liga or the Champions League, ' said Madrid defender Nacho.

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had added a second for Real but it was harshly ruled out for offside and the visitors calmly kept possession in the closing minutes to stay on course for a 12th European Cup. After 25 minutes things changed completely, and we found our game. Simeone was loudly cheered.

"He has also been a long-term player and sometimes it is important to feel what the player thinks".

It was the final European game at the Calderon before Atletico moves into a new venue next season.

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