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Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo headed Real Madrid ahead in the tenth minute 

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  • Real Madrid starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo
  • Real Madrid subs: Casilla, Nacho, Rodriguez, Kovacic, Lucas, Marco, Morata
  • Atletico Madrid starting XI: Oblak, Lucas, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco, Griezmann, Gameiro
  • Atletico subs: Miguel Moya, Tiago, Torres, Correa, Thomas, Gaitan, Rodriguez 

This season, Real Madrid have the chance to become the first team in history to retain the Champions League… but Atletico may have something to say about that.

The fierce city rivals are set to meet in Europe’s premier competition for the fourth year running, a period which has included two nail-biting finals in Lisbon and Milan.

Real Madrid have got the better of their rivals on each of the last three occasions, and ahead of the game here are 10 things you need to know about the derby

Atletico Madrid may have lost all four of their previous European ties with Real Madrid, but there are some stats in their favour.

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Given Real Madrid won the first five Big Cup finals, and by an aggregate scoreline of 18-8 to boot, you have to hand it to Uefa for somehow managing to make their premier club tournament even more predictable in the modern era. At least back in the day, Real would play teams such as Reims, Fiorentina and Eintracht Frankfurt in the final, Vasas in the semis, and the likes of Servette, Royal Antwerp and Wiener Sport-Club along the way. Nowadays the same sides repeatedly face each other again and again. And again. In 2014, Real beat Atlético Madrid in the final. In 2015, Real beat Atlético in the quarter-final. Last year, Real beat Atlético in the final. This year, Real are going to beat Atlético in the semi-final, while the underdogs of the competition are a club representing a jurisdiction offering favourable tax breaks to oligarchs. Come back, Vasas! Wiener Sport-Club! Alfredo and Ferenc

 

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