Real Madrid’s debate in a Champions League

MADRID (AP) — A demeanour during Real Madrid’s Champions League debate forward of Saturday’s final opposite Juventus in Cardiff:


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GROUP STAGE

Real Madrid simply modernized from a organisation containing Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw and Borussia Dortmund, even yet it finished second behind Dortmund.

The fortifying champions drew both matches opposite a German club, relinquishing a two-goal lead during a Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Madrid’s other reversal in a organisation theatre was a 3-3 pull during Legia Warsaw. It had routed a Polish bar 5-1 during a Bernabeu.

Madrid struggled in a opening match, wanting dual really late goals to acquire a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon during a Bernabeu. Madrid after degraded Sporting by a same measure in Portugal.

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ROUND OF 16

Madrid faced a Napoli group that was one diversion brief of equaling a dominant record of 19 matches in all competitions.

The Italian group took early leads in both legs to give Madrid a scare, though a European champions rallied both times to acquire uninterrupted 3-1 victories and strech a quarterfinals.

Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro scored in a initial leg in Madrid after Lorenzo Insigne’s unusual long-range idea for Napoli reduction than 10 mins into a game.

Dries Mertens gave Napoli wish in a second leg with a idea in a 24th minute, though Madrid strike behind with an equalizer from Sergio Ramos, an own-goal by Mertens and a stoppage-time strike by Alvaro Morata.

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QUARTERFINALS

In a quarterfinal matchup between dual powerhouses, Madrid indispensable additional time and dual wilful performances from Cristiano Ronaldo to keep Bayern from reaching a semifinals for a sixth true season.

Ronaldo scored both goals in a 2-1 first-leg win in Germany and combined a shawl pretence in a 4-2 second-leg feat during home.

Arturo Vidal non-stop a scoring in a initial leg though a Bayern midfielder missed a chastisement only before halftime and Madrid eventually rallied for a victory. Bayern had Javi Martinez sent off in a second half of what was Bayern’s initial Champions League reversal during home after 16 uninterrupted wins.

In a lapse game, Bayern was means to compare a first-leg outcome over 90 minutes. But Vidal was sent off in a 84th and Ronaldo scored twice early in additional time to put Madrid in a semifinals for a seventh true season.

The goals also enabled Ronaldo to turn a initial actor strech 100 Champions League goals.

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SEMIFINALS

Madrid met Atletico for a fourth uninterrupted time in a Champions League, and again it got a improved of a crosstown rival.

Madrid had already beaten Atletico in a final in 2014 (in additional time) and in 2016 (in a chastisement shootout). The group also separated Atletico in a quarterfinals in 2015.

Ronaldo gave Madrid a 3-0 first-leg win with a shawl pretence during a Bernabeu, though there was play in a lapse compare during a Vicente Calderon Stadium as Atletico scored dual early goals to pierce one brief of a ancestral comeback.

It looked like things could go Atletico’s approach until Karim Benzema found a approach to get past 3 Atletico defenders and set adult a essential divided idea for Francisco “Isco” Alarcon only before halftime.

Madrid hold on to secure a lapse to a final and keep alive a hopes of apropos a initial group to keep a Champions League pretension given a competition’s new format was combined in 1992.

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