Ramos warns Higuain 'sparks will fly' in Champions League final
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 1:48
With Atletico winning 2-0 and close to overturning the 3-0 loss from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Benzema showed why he remains one of the best strikers in the world.
Atletico Madrid, ahead through Saul Niguez's header on 12 minutes doubled the lead with Antoine Griezmann's penalty just four minutes later.
Now he'll have to face a conflict of interests as his former teams meet in a European final on June 3.
It is a stark contrast to their continental cousins, with Real Madrid advancing to the semi-final stage for the seventh consecutive season this year.
"We'll go there with everything we've got and we'll fight to produce a good performance to finish the season strongly". Griezmann had missed his previous two penalties against Real, including in last year's Champions League final. "So we can all be happy, although we have not won anything yet".
Wales global Bale sustained a calf injury in the Champions League quarter-final victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on April 12 and lasted less than 45 minutes on his return against Barcelona 11 days later.
"We knew we were going to suffer, above all in the first 20 or 25 minutes", Zidane said.
The early goals gave Atletico real hope of causing an upset, but Simeone's team was unable to keep pressuring as they did in the opening minutes.
Zidane is a fan-favourite in Turin following his successful spell with Juventus between 1996 and 2001 and Dybala looks set to follow a similar path, with his remarkable form - scoring nine and creating 53 chances in 28 league appearances - earning the Argentine adoration from the Old Lady faithful.
Madrid's players returned to the Calderon pitch 15 minutes after the final whistle, diving together across the slippy surface towards their own crowd high in one corner of the Estadio Vicente Calderon before unused substitute Nacho spread a Madrid flag on the ground. "Tomorrow we have to reflect on how huge an achievement this is after spending 11 years without playing the final".
Karim Benzema somehow escaped the attention of three Atletico defenders on the by-line and cut the ball back for Toni Kroos. However, Real regained their composure to get the vital away goal they needed for some extra breathing space just before half-time.
"We seem to be chasing all the time".