Real will attack Atletico despite Champions League tie lead - Zidane

But they showed they are not scared of heights when Saul Niguez pulled one back in the 12th minute, climbing above Ronaldo at the far post to thump in a header.

Saul Niguez's headed opener was the ideal start for Diego Simeone's side, and Los Rojiblancos' sent the home fans into hysterics moments later as Fernando Torres was felled by Raphael Varane inside the area, with Antoine Griezmann scoring from the subsequent penalty.

The visitors grabbed what would prove to be a crucial goal three minutes before the break when Isco fired home after a moment of magic from Benzema tight on the left flank.

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"We picked up a very good result from the first leg".

However, the size of Atletico's task is illustrated by the fact that Real have scored in all of their last 60 games stretching back over a year.

Meanwhile, Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao and Mariano will miss the game, with the first two being still on the sidelines and working to recover in time for a possible final with Juventus.

"It seems like here we have grown up in Beverly Hills", said Ramos on Tuesday.

"It was a Champions League semi-final against a great opponent and they made things hard for us in their stadium, but our team demonstrated why we have been competing the way we have for so many years".

The banners at the Bernabeu last week read "tell me how it feels", along with an image of the Champions League trophy and the words "Milan" and "Lisbon", the cities which hosted the finals where Madrid defeated Atletico in 2014 and 2016.

It was the Spanish midfielder who netted Madrid's only goal on the night, but his brilliant work in midfield in the second period helped his side cope with Atletico's pressure.

An already intense rivalry has reached new levels in recent seasons, as Atletico's status and ability to challenge Real have grown under manager Diego Simeone. "If we do that, we will see how the scoreline ends up, but our plans are not going to change". "I am content and proud to be in the final. I know these players, I've known them for five-and-a-half years and I have no doubt they are going to play well".

Madrid players also returned to thanks their own supporters, and many Atletico fans threw objects toward them.

  • Julie Sanders