Skip to main content

Champions League: Atletico beats Chelsea to set up Madrid derby final

May 7, 2014 -- Updated 1635 GMT (0035 HKT)
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid locked horns in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie following a 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital last week. Chelsea and Atletico Madrid locked horns in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal tie following a 0-0 draw in the Spanish capital last week.
HIDE CAPTION
Lisbon calling
Lucky escape
Spectacular style
Torres on target
Level pegging
Spot on
Turkish delight
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Atletico Madrid will play Real Madrid in Champions League final
  • Atletico defeated Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge
  • Two teams drew 0-0 in first leg last week
  • Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan on target

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) -- In Madrid, all the talk is about "La Decima".

In London, all the talk was about the "Special One".

Tonight, after a performance which helped to write another chapter in one of the season's most romantic fairy tales, Atletico Madrid allowed itself to dream of its own special one -- La Primera -- the first.

Atletico, for so long a club living in the shadow of city rival Real, has the opportunity to make history not just at home but also on the European stage.

A convincing 3-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge secured a place in the Champions League final and allowed the dream of a league and European double to prosper.

This Atletico team has guts, resilience and an indefatigable spirit -- but what it also has, in abundance, is quality.

Trailing to Fernando Torres' strike, Atletico offered a brutal riposte with Adrian Lopez leveling before Diego Costa and Arda Turan applied the finishing touches.

Four points clear at the top of La Liga with three games remaining and a clash with Real to decide the destiny of the Champions League trophy to come in Lisbon on May 24, this is turning out to be some season for Atletico.

"It's a dream," Atletico midfielder Tiago told Sky Sports.

"We have a great spirit, we are a great team, we all work together, now we are in the final in Lisbon, the dreams can be true.

"It is not easy to play here, we know that. But we knew Chelsea had to play more.

"We know we are very good away from home. After our goal Chelsea went down a bit, but we were confident and now we are there.

"We know Real Madrid is a fantastic team with great players. They can win the game in any action but we are there. Last year we won the Cup in their stadium so we are confident."

Not since 1996 has Los Rojiblancos won the domestic title but managed by Diego Simeone, who was part of that team 18 years ago, it now stands on the brink of history.

Simeone, who presides over a budget nearly five times smaller than Real, has worked wonders but perhaps even would not have expected his players to record such an impressive victory.

To score three goals away from home in European competition is a marked achievement, but to do so against Chelsea, a team whose defense has been so miserly in the competition, is staggering.

Chelsea, derided for its defensive tactics and considered an "enemy of football" by some because of its negative approach, has already answered its critics on numerous occasions this season.

A fine victory at Liverpool on Sunday proved once again that Mourinho's tactics, however unpalatable, gain results.

But on this occasion, the solidity and cohesion which had caused such frustration in Madrid last week, was missing.

The dour goalless draw in the opening leg led to plenty of accusations that Chelsea had not attempted to win the game but simply stifle Atletico.

There is no doubt that Mourinho has been hurt by the criticism and hit back at his detractors by claiming that "at this moment, football is full of philosophers."

While everybody appears to have an opinion on Chelsea's defensive approach, Mourinho sticks to the belief which has made him a serial winner -- winning at all costs.

The prospect of facing his former employer, Real Madrid, in the final added another subplot to an already intriguing tie.

Eden Hazard, back from injury, was restored to the side, and Chelsea, often so adroit at scraping through tight contests, appeared confident.

Yet it was the visitors who began the brighter of the two.

Atletico, on the brink of the domestic title and chasing a place in the final for the first time in 40 years, played with a sense of purpose and came within inches of taking an early lead.

Koke, influential throughout, aimed what looked like a cross towards goal only for the ball to sail over Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and smash against the crossbar.

Chelsea responded with David Luiz's overhead kick sailing just wide of the far post as the home side stepped up the pressure.

And with 11 minutes of the first half remaining, the home side finally made the breakthrough.

Sergio Ramos was the unlikely hero for Real Madrid, scoring twice in four minutes during a frantic first half. Ramos headed home Luka Modric's corner on 16 minutes to give his side a 1-0 lead on the night, 2-0 on aggregate. Sergio Ramos was the unlikely hero for Real Madrid, scoring twice in four minutes during a frantic first half. Ramos headed home Luka Modric's corner on 16 minutes to give his side a 1-0 lead on the night, 2-0 on aggregate.
Rampant Ramos
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
>
>>
Bayern vs Real Madrid Bayern vs Real Madrid
Dani Alves has been applauded for his response to being racially abused during a football match. The Barcelona player had a banana thrown at him during Sunday's game at Villarreal, so he picked it up and took a bite out of it before continuing to play. Dani Alves has been applauded for his response to being racially abused during a football match. The Barcelona player had a banana thrown at him during Sunday's game at Villarreal, so he picked it up and took a bite out of it before continuing to play.
Dani Alves bites back
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
>
>>
Dani Alves bites back Dani Alves bites back
Brazil forward Neymar is tipped to be one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup. But the Brazilian international is not only concerned about events on the pitch... Brazil forward Neymar is tipped to be one of the stars of the 2014 World Cup. But the Brazilian international is not only concerned about events on the pitch...
The face of the 2014 World Cup?
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
>
>>
Neymar: The face of the 2014 World Cup? Neymar: The face of the 2014 World Cup?

Willian escaped his marker on the right before finding Cesar Azpilicueta, who in turn found Torres to fire home from inside the penalty area.

Torres, who began his career at Atletico and scored 84 goals in 214 games for the club before moving to Liverpool in 2007, refused to celebrate but that gesture did not detract from the significance of the strike.

Buoyed by the goal, Chelsea began to take control and with its resilient defense holding Atletico comfortably, the visitors appeared rattled.

But with just a minute of the opening period remaining, the game was turned on its head.

Tiago, once of Chelsea, picked out Juanfran at the far post and when he crossed the ball into the penalty area, Lopez was on hand to steer the ball home.

Mourinho's defense, such an integral part of his side's success, appeared brittle for the first time in the competition and it never really recovered.

Within minutes of the restart, Schwarzer was forced to produce a fine save to deny Turan after the Atletico midfielder had found space inside the penalty area.

While Schwarzer performed heroics at one end, Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, did similar at the other.

John Terry's powerful header looked certain to find the net but Courtois produced an astonishing stop to deny the Chelsea captain.

That save appeared to change the momentum of the contest and slowly but surely, Atletico began to turn the screw .

With an hour of the game gone, Atletico finally struck and grabbed the initiative.

Diego Costa, a man constantly linked with a move to Chelsea, was fouled inside the penalty area by Samuel Eto'o.

The Spain striker, who endured a nervous wait to take the spot kick after the ball failed to settle on the spot, fired home emphatically to put his side within touching distance of glory.

An eerie silence engulfed Stamford Bridge and but for a few thousand Spaniards clad in red and white, a sense of hopelessness began to emanate.

Chelsea, to its credit, refused to give up the fight and came perilously close to equalizing within five minutes.

Willian's exquisite free kick caused panic in the Atletico defense and Luiz sent a header crashing against the post when the ball seemed destined for the net.

Chelsea, by now beginning to look ragged and forlorn, strained every sinew in an attempt to gain some sort of foothold to launch a comeback.

But as the home side pushed forward, Atletico countered and in doing so, swiftly put the tie beyond Chelsea's reach.

Once again, a wonderful switch of play caught Chelsea sleeping and after sending a powerful header against the crossbar from Juanfran's cross, Arda tucked away the rebound from his own effort.

That strike sent Simeone down the touchline dancing a jig of delight a la Mourinho all those years ago.

It is a jig he will hope to dance again in Lisbon with the whole world watching.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
August 15, 2014 -- Updated 1151 GMT (1951 HKT)
Last season Jose Mourinho wrote off the title of hopes of his "little horse" -- but now he has a squad primed to dethrone Manchester City.
August 14, 2014 -- Updated 1858 GMT (0258 HKT)
Luis Suarez will have to wait until late October to make his competitive Barcelona debut his ban for biting an opponent was partially upheld.
August 14, 2014 -- Updated 1649 GMT (0049 HKT)
Can Louis van Gaal cut it at Manchester United? Will Bayern conquer all in Germany? Is this PSG's year to win the Champions League?
August 7, 2014 -- Updated 1012 GMT (1812 HKT)
It's been a difficult year for Barcelona on and off the pitch, and the signing of Luis Suarez has only increased the prospect of more controversy.
August 11, 2014 -- Updated 1435 GMT (2235 HKT)
Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who scored a total of 16 goals at four World Cup finals, has announced his retirement from international football.
July 31, 2014 -- Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT)
Cultural y Deportivo Leonesa line up in their tuxedo kit.
When celebrating an important anniversary, it's always good to look your best. At least that's theory for a Spanish football team's preseason tuxedo kit.
July 30, 2014 -- Updated 1103 GMT (1903 HKT)
While many top European clubs are targeting the U.S. market, French football is setting its sights on expanding into Asia -- with China playing a key role.
July 27, 2014 -- Updated 1229 GMT (2029 HKT)
Major League Soccer has snared another big name from England with former Chelsea star Frank Lampard committing his future to New York City FC.
July 23, 2014 -- Updated 1656 GMT (0056 HKT)
Europe's top clubs have booked a summer holiday to the U.S. -- but this is business not pleasure as they look to cash in on the World Cup afterglow.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 1828 GMT (0228 HKT)
Brazil's new coach Dunga won the World Cup as a player in 1994.
Former World Cup-winning captain Dunga is appointed coach of Brazil's national team for the second time, charged with restoring national pride.
July 22, 2014 -- Updated 1420 GMT (2220 HKT)
Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez continues Real Madrid's long tradition of signing "Galacticos."
July 21, 2014 -- Updated 1007 GMT (1807 HKT)
Germany's World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm has decided to go out at the top by announcing his retirement from international football.
ADVERTISEMENT