Four pre­vi­ous Euro­pean Madrid derby clashes

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off for the fifth time in a Euro­pean tie when Atletico travel to the Santiago Bern­abeu for the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal to­day.

All four pre­vi­ous ties have been a story of near misses and heart­break for Atletico as Real have gone on to win the tro­phy in three of the four years thanks to see­ing off their neigh­bours.

We take a look at those pre­vi­ous four ties:

z IT says much about Atletico’s luck in these ties that even a ag­gre­gate score­line that would nowa­days seem them into the fi­nal wasn’t enough in 1959.

Real won the first leg 2-1 at the Bern­abeu be­fore Atletico lev­elled the tie two weeks later with a 1-0 vic­tory.

How­ever, in the days be­fore the away goals rule, Real won a play­off held in Zaragoza 2-1 thanks to goals from the le­gendary Alfredo di Ste­fano and Ferenc Puskas on their way to win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion for a fourth con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

z ATLETICO trav­elled to Lis­bon eu­phoric hav­ing bro­ken Real and Barcelona’s dom­i­nance by win­ning La Liga for the first time in 18 years.

The party looked set to con­tinue with a first ever Cham­pi­ons League when Diego Godin gave them a first-half lead they held un­til the 93rd minute.

In what has be­come a com­mon oc­cur­rence Ser­gio Ramos saved the day for Real with a tow­er­ing header.

Los Blan­cos then ran riot in ex­tra-time with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo all net­ting to de­liver Los Blan­cos’ long-awaited 10th Euro­pean Cup.

z ATLETICO bounced back from their Lis­bon dis­ap­point­ment man­fully and strung to­gether a run of seven der­bies un­beaten as the sides met in the Span­ish Su­per Cup, King’s Cup, La Liga and again in the Cham­pi­ons League in the 2014/15 sea­son.

Yet, again they were un­done on the Euro­pean stage by a late goal as Javier Her­nan­dez struck a minute from time at the Bern­abeu to edge a bad-tem­pered tie 1-0 on ag­gre­gate af­ter Arda Tu­ran’s red card had left Atletico down to 10 men.

z AND to com­plete the set of Atletico hard luck sto­ries, add a penalty shootout to the mix.

In Mi­lan, Atletico sought re­venge, but fell be­hind early with Ramos again their scourge from a set-piece.

This time, though, it was the red and white half of Madrid that forced ex­tra-time in the San Siro thanks to Yan­nick Car­rasco’s equaliser.

Ex­tra-time be­came a war of at­tri­tion as mul­ti­ple play­ers on both sides cramped up amidst the hot and hu­mid con­di­tions in a goal­less 30 min­utes.

How­ever, all five Real tak­ers kept their cool from the spot as Juan­fran’s miss gave Real star Ron­aldo the spot­light he loves to net the win­ning penalty. AFP

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