Real set up Second all Madrid Final

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 10, 2016 14:51

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Real set up Second all Madrid Final

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (May 4th 2016)

Deserved

Real Madrid deservedly advanced to the Champion’s League final courtesy of a Fernando own goal – he deflected Gareth Bale’s 20th minute shot in for the only goal of the night. Luka Modrić released Dani Carvajal Ramos on the right. Carvajal slotted it through to Bale, whose shot flew in at the back post due to the deflection.

Real deserved more but had to settle for just one. Zinedine Zidane’s team will face Atlético de Madrid after Diego Simeone’s team went through on away goals against Pep Guardiola Sala’s Bayern München yesterday.

Difficulties

Real’s task was made easier when Manchester City’s captain Vincent Kompany had to go off injured after just 8 minutes. It was his fourth injury of the season and reportedly his 32nd in 8 years. His bid to captain Belgium at Euro2016 appears to be in serious doubt now. He was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala.

Cristiano Ronaldo was back and soon made his presence felt. He headed Carvajal’s cross over from 10 yards out and skied his next effort well over. Manchester City created little of note, resulting in a bad foul on Marcelo, which got Kevin de Bruyne booked.

Fernandinho’s crude block on Toni Kroos deserved a booking that did not come, but punishment almost did. The World Cup winner’s free-kick found Pepe at the back post. Pepe’s touch reached Sergio Ramos García who bundled it in, but both were offside, so it was ruled out.

Bale’s shot was easily saved by Joe Hart. The Citizens were stunned into responding. De Bruyne found Fernandinho on the edge of the area and his shot struck the outside of the side-netting by the post.

Hart Makes Match of it

Zidane’s side began the second half as they had left off the first with Modrić and Bale combining to create a chance that Modrić should have scored, but Hart saved well anyway. Shortly afterwards Carvajal’s cross was headed back across Hart who had to adjust his direction to save Ronaldo’s header.

Before long Ronaldo drew another save from Hart at his near post from the edge of the box after being supplied by substitute Lucas Vázquez Iglesias. Kroos’ corner was headed onto the bar by Bale and Pepe’s subsequent cross was caught and thrown into the net by Ronaldo. It was disallowed with a smile by Slovenian referee Damir Skomina.

As the match was nearing its conclusion Skomina made a bad mistake. Váquez deserved a straight red for a reckless high tackle on Raheem Sterling that could have caused him serious injury. With time running out Sergio Agüero finally had an effort that beat Keylor Navas Gamboa from over 20 yards out, but it just cleared the bar too.

There was still time for Nicolás Otamendi to get booked for fouling Ronaldo. Real went through one nil on aggregate.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 10, 2016 14:51