Champions League Semi-Final Roundup 2nd game

Champions League Semi-Final Roundup: Real Madrid Set to Face Juventus

The Champions League final is now upon us following the results of the semi-finals in Midweek.

The Vincente Calderon hosted its last Champions League game as Real Madrid traveled down to the domain of their City rivals in a bid to seal a place in the competition’s finals.

Atletico Madrid posed more of a threat than they did in the first leg which ended 3-0 in Los Blancos’ favor.

Atleti went on the front foot from the onset as they looked to preserve their chances of progressing to the finals by playing valiant attacking football.

Things went well for Atleti in the beginning. Saul Niguez opened the scoring in the 12th-minute which caused reverberations around the Calderon given the Spaniard had just scored a lifeline for Los Rojiblancos.

The highly sought-after Antoine Griezmann doubled Atleti’s lead in the 16th-minute as Atleti looked poised to go into the half-time break with a 2-0 lead.

At that point, one more goal would’ve brought the scoreline level with Real Madrid, but things went sour for Atleti when Isco found the back of the net in the 42nd-minute thus deflating the high spirits of Atletico’s supporters and players.

Both sides played out a goalless second half, which saw the final scoreline stand at 2-1 in Atleti’s favor while Madrid won 4-2 on aggregate.

Monaco traveled to Turin hoping to pull off a Barcelona-esque comeback against Europe’s best defensive unit.

Leonardo Jardim set his side up to dominate proceedings at the sound of the first whistle, as the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva looked to exploit even the tiniest of spaces in Juventus’ backline.

The Bianconeri notched the first goal, though, through Mario Mandzukic which more or less won the game across two legs for the home side.

Monaco didn’t accept defeat at that point, hence they huffed and they puffed, but time and time again, Juventus had an answer to every question asked of their defence.

In-form Dani Alves doubled Juventus’ lead in the 44th-minute, which was his eighth contribution (goals + assists) to Juventus’ stellar Champions League run.

Monaco managed to grab a consolation goal in the second half courtesy of the highly-rated Kylian Mbappe. Monaco tried to build on the young Frenchman’s strike, but Max Allegri’s side tightened their defense in a bid to avoid conceding a flurry of late goals.

The game ended 2-1, while the aggregate scoreline stood at 4-1.

Real Madrid and Juventus will now go head to head in the Champions League final, with Juventus hoping to avoid the bad luck that saw them lose to Barcelona in the finals a couple of years ago.

Madrid are the favorites to lift the Champions League trophy due to their rich history in the competition, but should Juventus manage to do so; it would be a fitting end to a thoroughly entertaining European season.

Highlights of Champions League Semi-Final Roundup

Juventus vs Monaco

 

Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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