There was no suspense for this return match, it lasted yet half an hour (between the 16th and 44th minute of play). The Atletico had the means to overcome the merengue beast but one goal had ruined all its hopes. The team of the Matelassiers could not begin the return match. She immediately showed her willingness and desire to make up for the delay despite the complexity of her task. With Carrasco and Koke much more offensive than in the first leg, Atletico was constantly threatening in the first quarter of an hour. This led to two quick goals, the first on a Saul head following a corner from Koke (12th, 1-0), the second on penalty kick for Griezmann after a mistake by Varane in the area on the same Saul (16th , 2-0).
But this start in fanfare should have nourished a little more the appetite of Colchoneros faced a team completely disoriented merengue, and the two goals in advance undoubtedly pushed the team to indulge a little less thereafter. Without really being more inspired or dominating, Real then knew how to react by offering more solidity behind and rigor in the duels in the midfield. Varane and Sergio Ramos got along better and their high positioning helped the team to re-launch very quickly. The biggest opportunity for the European champion came only in the 38th minute when Isco solicited Oblak on a shooting framed but lacking power.
Benzema scored the save goal on the left-hand side, but the French striker fired three opponents on a series of dribbles that his idol Il Fenomeno was unlikely to deny. An action that testifies to the excellent form of the former Lyonnais, lively and sharp at the end of the season. The goal just before Real’s break completely destroyed Atletico’s plans and teammates Griezmann did not find the solutions to trigger a second comeback. The lack of efficiency in the last meters is not completely strangled. Griezmann fired a free-kick into the top spot (50th), Carrasco and Gameiro (65th). But Gabi (90 + 1) had his final shot in the Costa Rican goalkeeper’s gloves.
Zidane will find Juve
Supported by active supporters and loyal to the end despite the storms, Atletico has given everything but has also suffered the limpid counters of the merengue. Real could have avoided defeat if Cristiano Ronaldo (58th, 89th) or Benzema (74th) were more lucky in front of the goals. It is only the second defeat for Zidane in C1 as a coach of Real, a defeat that looks more like a success since this reversal of a small unit propels the Real for its second European final consecutive and the third in four seasons. The final against Juventus promises much and will remind us of that of the 1997/98 season when Zidane was in the Turin camp.
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