Real Madrid - Atlético de Madrid

Champions League derby for the fourth year in a row

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NEWS | 30/04/2017 | Javier García

Over the last three seasons against Atlético, Real Madrid have won two finals and one quarter-final tie.

Real Madrid-Atlético is already a European classic clash. With the semi-final draw throwing up yet another Madrid derby, the teams will face each other for the fourth year in a row in the Champions League. The previous meetings make pleasant reading for the madridistas, who have never failed to come out on top in the continent's top competition.

In the 2013/14 campaign, the Whites won the Décima in Lisbon in a truly memorable clash. After Ramos' unforgettable 93rd minute header levelled the tie at 1-1, Real Madrid went on to triumph 4-1 in extra-time thanks to strikes from Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo. One year later, the derby came in the quarter-finals and a 1-0 win at the Bernabéu was enough to see Real Madrid through when the return ended without goals at the Calderón.

Last year's final in Milan then treated us to another madrileño derby. Yet again it was a thrilling game, which was decided on penalties and saw Real Madrid lift the trophy once more. The match finished 1-1 with a goal from Ramos, with the penalty shootout ending 5-3. Cristiano scored the final spot-kick to clinch La Undécima.

Previous semi-final clash
As well as this recent run of meetings, Real Madrid and Atlético first crossed paths in the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1958/59, as the Whites went on to lift the trophy for the fourth time. The Santiago Bernabéu hosted the first leg, which finished 2-1 with goals from Rial and Puskas. The tie was decided with a third clash after a 1-0 defeat in the second leg. In the deciding game, Di Stéfano and Puskas sent the Whites through with a 2-1 win. 

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