UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, live football score

Ross Houston
May 3, 2017

"Goal scoring is something he has over others, that is what makes him unique", said Zidane.

Player ratings from Real's Champions League victory over Atletico.

The opener arrived in the form of an unstoppable Ronaldo header, the Portuguese forward rising above Stefan Savic to turn in Casemiro's cross.

It is sure to be an exciting clash as both sides face off at the Stade Louis ll, where the French league leaders look to host the Italian giants, but Juventus' convincing display against Barcelona speaks for itself, and their dominance in Italy over the past five years gives testament to how much of a powerful side they are.

"The team has been tremendous".

On Tuesday, Ronaldo became the first player in history to surpass 50 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League, which includes 13 goals in the final four stage (10 for Madrid, 3 for United).

Yet the prospect of a La Liga-Champions League double was also on his mind with his side now lying in second place in the Spanish title race on the same number of points as Barcelona but with a game in hand. We try too play our football and enjoy ourselves.

"The second half we had the ball, but could not create chances, and with spaces they are risky obviously and did us a lot of damage by finishing the chances that they had".

"We had a very good defence and we were able to pass the ball in hard or risky areas. To score three goals and most importantly in a (two-legged) tie keep a clean sheet at home is very important".

No side has ever recovered a two-goal first-leg deficit in a UEFA Champions League semi-final - let alone three. Among the many scenarios defined by the law to decide when a player is or isn't offside, one is when he "interferes with the opponent". Atletico also lost the final in 1974, to Bayern Munich.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone: "They won the first leg of the qualifier, but the second one still remains".

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos felt a tactical tweak from Zinedine Zidane was crucial to the dominant 3-0 Champions League semi-final win over Atletico Madrid.

Atletico's defense struggled early this season when Simeone tried different formations in an attempt to make the team more attack-minded, but the changes led to more goals being conceded and a loss of valuable points early on in the Spanish league.

Madrid, which won its record 11th-title past year, is trying to become the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles since the competition's new format began.

And Simeone is clinging to the hope of something similarly unexpected.

Over 4,000 Atletico fans attended the game and they remained for over 15 minutes after the final whistle, singing about never giving up on their team.

"Football is a marvellous game and anything can happen".

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