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Real Madrid booked a place in the Champions League final despite their 1-2 defeat in the semi-final return leg to Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium.

A close range goal from Isco on the break of half-time was vital in easing Real Madrid into the final on 4-2 aggregate after a blistering start by their rivals, who won 2-1 here on Wednesday night.

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Juventus coach Massimilano Allegri feels the reigning Serie A champions have a very good chance of winning the UEFA Champions League title this season. Juventus overcame French football league leaders AS Monaco 2-1 in the second leg of their semi-final tie at their home ground here on Tuesday night to progress to the final with a 4-1 aggregate scoreline.

 

"Hopefully this is the right year. I think Juventus have a very good chance of winning," Allegri said after the match at the Juventus Stadium.

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Italian Serie A leaders Juventus booked their second appearance in UEFA Champions League final over the past three years with a 2-1 home win and 4-1 on aggregate over Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves on Tuesday extended the hosts' advantage to four goals in the first half, before promising star Kylian Mbappe pulled one back for Monaco.

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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has asserted his team's 3-0 thrashing of city rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions Leg semi-finals is one of the best performances during his tenure.

Real rode on a hat-trick by star forward Cristiano Ronaldo to register a comprehensive win in front of their home crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone refused to accept defeat following the 0-3 Champions League semi-final first leg loss away to Real Madrid which left his side's chances of reaching a second successive final in tatters. Portugese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Tuesday to give Real Madrid a foot in the final and to leave Atletico with a seemingly impossible task as they look to overturn the deficit in front of their fans next week.

However, despite the size of the task and the fact his side failed to muster a shot on target on Tuesday night, Simeone was in a bullish mood.

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Italian champions Juventus qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League football tournament with a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Camp Nou Stadium.

Barca coach Luis Enrique had said before Wednesday night's game that his side would attempt to overturn the 3-0 deficit from the first leg until the very last minute of the return leg in front of their own fans and he was true to his word. However, Juventus are experts in defending a lead in Europe and despite Barca's best efforts in an intense 90 minutes even players of the quality of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar were unable to break down Juventus' black and white wall.

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FC Barcelona need to pick up the pieces following their shock 0-2 La Liga defeat away against Malaga on Saturday night as they face Italian football champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Saturday saw Barcelona take to the pitch in Malaga knowing the destiny of the Spanish league title was in their hands as a win in the Rosaleda Stadium and a win away to Real Madrid would have put them in pole position in the title race.

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