Madrid beat City 1-0 to set up an all Span­ish Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal

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MADRID—Real Madrid turned an­other Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal into a crosstown derby on Wed­nes­day, beat­ing Manch­ester City a day af­ter Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the de­cider for Euro­pean foot­ball’s big­gest prize.

A con­vinc­ing 1-0 vic­tory over City at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu Sta­dium means that Real will face Atletico on May 28 in a re­match of the 2014 fi­nal that it won in ex­tra time.

Real Madrid will be try­ing to win its 11th Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle in the al­lS­pan­ish show­down in Mi­lan.

Atletico, which elim­i­nated five-time cham­pion Bay­ern Mu­nich on Tues­day, will be try­ing to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first ti­tle.

“We will give ev­ery­thing in our souls in an­other fi­nal,” Real Madrid de­fender Ser­gio Ramos said. win af­ter a score­less first-leg draw in Eng­land last week.

“We suf­fered, as ex­pected, but in the end we were able to reach the fi­nal and that’s the most im­por­tant thing,” Real Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said.

“We have to en­joy this mo­ment. We got the job done.”

Wed­nes­day’s win ended City’s best ever par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Cham­pi­ons League, though it was out­classed on the night and never re­ally looked like turn­ing the game around.

The wealthy English club hadn’t made it past the round of 16 un­til this sea­son’s cam­paign.

“I am dis­ap­pointed be­cause I think that was a very close game,” City coach Manuel Pel­le­grini said.

“We didn’t de­serve to lose, Madrid was lucky with its goal, when the ball was de­flected. I don’t think any of the teams

“We are happy be­cause we are in the fi­nal and it is spe­cial,” said Ron­aldo, who re­turned to ac­tion af­ter miss­ing the last three games.

“One-nil is a close re­sult but we were the bet­ter side.”

Madrid pushed for­ward from the start and it didn’t take long be­fore it opened the scor­ing af­ter a per­fect pass by Dani Car­va­jal to Bale into the area.

The Wales for­ward turned and sent a high shot that struck the far post be­fore go­ing in, with the ball de­flect­ing just enough off Fer­nando to curl to­ward the goal.

Bale, who has scored four goals in the last five games, also hit the wood­work with a header in the 63rd.

Madrid had a goal dis­al­lowed be­cause de­fender Pepe was off­side in the 36th, and Ron­aldo squan­dered a few good op­por­tu­ni­ties to put the game out of reach.

The Por­tu­gal for­ward re­mains a goal shy of match­ing his own record of 17 goals in a sin­gle edi­tion of the tour­na­ment.

An away goal would have turned things City’s way, and the English club al­most got it when Fer­nand­inho’s low shot from inside the area grazed the near post in the 44th.

City tried to take con­trol in the sec­ond half, but Madrid still that had the best op­por­tu­ni­ties “We played against a strong team but they weren’t bet­ter than us,” Pel­le­grini said.

“We needed a lit­tle luck but we didn’t get it. We tried but we couldn’t do it. I don’t think Real Madrid proved they’re su­pe­rior to City.”

The hosts had in­cred­i­ble chance to add to the lead in the 52nd, when Luka Mo­dric found him­self un­marked in front of the goal, but his shot was par­ried by City goal­keeper Joe Hart.

“We just did not have that lit­tle bit more,” Hart said.

“We could easily be in the fi­nal, but they man­aged the game well. They got a very lucky goal, but it is what it is.”

City’s only clear chance af­ter half­time came from a long-range shot by Ser­gio Aguero in the 89th, but it sailed just over the cross­bar.

City lost cap­tain Vin­cent Kom­pany with an ap­par­ent mus­cle in­jury less than 10 min­utes into the match, the lat­est in­jury to plague the de­fender this sea­son.

“It is not the best thing chang­ing a de­fender very early but I don’t think we had any prob­lems in de­fense,” said Pel­le­grini, who will be re­placed by Bay­ern’s cur­rent coach Pep Guardi­ola next sea­son.

“We had prob­lems cre­at­ing, same as Real Madrid.”—AP the youngest bats­man to reach the 10,000 runs mark in Test cricket.

The south­paw boasts 9964 runs in 126 Test out­ings and will get an op­por­tu­nity to go past Ten­dulkar when Eng­land, un­der his lead­er­ship, take on Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series which kicks off May 19.

Ten­dulkar reached the mile­stone in March 2005 at Kolkata against Pakistan at an age of 31 years and 10 months while Cook, who turned 31 on De­cem­ber 25 will take the record

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