It was quite a second leg for this Champions League match up. After a scoreless draw in the first leg, both teams were hungry for the first goal coming into Wednesday's game. The game had plenty of action. A total of 29 shots, and 14 corners between the two teams.
Real remained the dominant force through out the entire game, with 65% of the possession, and a large portion of the shots. Atlético held their ground though, only giving away a few decent chances. Ronaldo tested Atlético goalie Jan Oblak with a long range free kick, but it was still nothing too much for him to handle. The best chance of the first half may have fallen to Ronaldo towards the closing minutes. A cheeky diagonal through ball found the Portuguese striker's feet, a well taken first time shot would have done well to find the back of the net, but a well positioned Oblak kept it scoreless into the break.
The refree signalled for the start of the second half, and Real made a break through just seconds in,but failed to capitalize. The second half was much the same as the first, up until the 76' minutes. An already booked Arda Turan flew in studs up against Sergio Ramos, and cought the Spaniard late. A second yellow brought an early end to Arda's night, and made an already difficult task, all that much harder for visitors.
Atlético battled onward, and continued to hold off Real from scoring that crucial goal. Coach Diego Simeone brought on late sub José Giménez for the final four minutes in attempt to seal yet another ninety minute draw and force extra time. Real had other plans. A burst down the wing from Ronaldo, followed by a one-two pass with Rodríguez. A simple lateral pass to Chicarito, and all that was left was a simple tap in.
That 88' goal saw an end to semi final hopes for Simeone's side, and with that, supreme celebration from Ancelotti's men. A well played match, and thoroughly deserved victory from Real Madrid. They will find out their opponents for this year's semi final, this Friday April 24th. No matter, it is sure to make for yet another incredible tie.
Can Real make it to the finals again, and make it back to back titles? Or will league rivals Barca claim the prize?