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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Soccer : Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid Meet in Champions League Final

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid know each other as well as any two teams can know each other. The city rivals will meet this Saturday at the San Siro in Italy for the Champions League Final.

After a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the semifinals, Real edged Manchester City 1-0, then won their final two La Liga matches to finish second to Barcelona. Their biggest injury concern is over defender Raphael Varane, who looks like he'll miss the final with a thigh problem. Cristiano Ronaldo limped out of practice on Tuesday but says that he'll play for the final. Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in the Champions League this season.

Atletico fell 2-1 at Bayern Munich in the second leg of their semifinal, but a 1-0 win in the first leg was enough to push them through. They lost to Levante and won over Celta Vigo to finish third in the table, and seem to be close to full health. Antoine Griezmann leads the way with seven goals in the Champions League.

These two have met 15 times over the last three seasons. Atletico has six wins and three draws, but Real won the Champions League final two years ago and eliminated Atletico in the quarter-final last season.

Soccer : Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid Meet in Champions League Final

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Atletico will be looking for revenge after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final two years ago. The city rivals meet in Italy on Saturday.

Atletico has the upper hand in their 15 matches with Real over the last three seasons, taking six wins and five draws to four wins for Real. However, two of Real's wins have come in the Champions League. Real Madrid won the final 4-1 two years ago as they pulled away in extra time to claim their 10th European trophy. The following year, Real Madrid eliminated Atletico from the Champions League quarter-finals by winning 1-0 in the second leg of their meeting.

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