Real Madrid shrugged off any late fightback from Atletico Madrid to qualify for the final of the UEFA Champions League, defeating their city rivals 4-2 on aggregate despite losing 2-1 in the second leg clash at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday.
Goals from Saul Niguez and Antonie Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes before Isco’s late strike before half time gave Real Madrid a lifeline.
Niguez rose higher that the Madrid defence to head in Koke’s corner in the 12th minute of the encounter.
Four minutes later, Griezmann doubled the lead of Atletico Madrid from the spot after Raphael Varane had brought down Fernando Torres in the box.
But in the 43rd minute, Isco scored a goal from close range to put Real Madrid in a strong position once again.
Karim Benzema had wriggled his way past three defenders from the right flank and he found Toni Kroos whose shot was palmed towards Isco’s path for an easy tap in.
Atletico keeperJan Oblak denied Cristiano Ronaldo from a freekick in the 49th minute which was struck with venom.
In the 67th minute, Keylor Navas made an incredible save for Real Madrid to deny Yannick Carrasco from close range before shutting out Kevin Gamiero’s header from a rebound.
In the 70th minute, Ronaldo had the ball in the back of the net but the offside flag was raised.
Real Madrid will face Juventus in the final of the UEFA Champions League in Cardiff.