Real Madrid set up another city derby in the Champions League final
Zinedine Zidane’s team go in search of an 11th European Cup triumph in Milan on May 28, after edging out Manchester City 1-0 at the Bernabeu in their semi-final.
Return of Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid welcomed back Cristiano Ronaldo, who had missed the first leg with an injury, and he joined a frontline with Gareth Bale and Jese, who was in for the injured Karim Benzema and after an early flurry from the visitors they settled in to dominate the first half.
Madrid take lead
Manchester City suffered an early blow when captain Vincent Kompany limped off with an injury after only 10 minutes, and it went from bad to worse in the 20th. Dani Carvajal slipped a ball into the area for Gareth Bale, who swivelled and fired a cross-cum-shot from a narrow angle, which took a deflection off City midfielder Fernando, and looped into the far top corner to spark joyous celebrations at the Bernabeu.
City hit post
Zinedine Zidane’s men bossed events up until the break and the only moment of threat from City came just before halftime when Kevin de Bruyne fed Fernandinho in space on the left. The Brazilian hammered a low shot against the foot of the post and Real Madrid returned to their dressing rooms breathing a sigh of relief.
Los Blancos looked for a second to finish the game off but it proved elusive. Bale lifted a ball into Luka Modric who was denied in a one-on-one with Hart. Ronaldo had a trio of chances heading straight at the keeper and forcing two more saves. But it was Bale who came closest to the second. Rising at a corner in the 74th, he angled a header across the goal but the ball bounced back off the woodwork.
Real Madrd set up a city derby against their neighbours Atletico Madrid, who knocked out Bayern Munich on Tuesday, in a re-run of the 2014 final. Madrid came back to beat Atletico that day, a 4-1 extra-time victory landing them a record-extending tenth European Cup. They go in search of an 11th in Milan on May 28.