As in the first leg (0-0), Real Madrid disposed of the ball (63% of possession, 61% last week) has obtained more opportunities than his opponent but was not able to outrun them. Like the first leg, Jan Oblak has made amazing parades – a confrontation won against CR7 and another against Chicharito – but this time, the goalkeeper relented. A goal from the same Chicharito finally provided the club qualification to the semifinals of the Champions League (1-0), where the Casa Blanca is joining Barca, Bayern and Juventus.
A goal of Chicharito in the 88th minute secured victory (1-0, 0-0 in the first leg) and qualification to Real Madrid, against Atletico, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The Colchoneros have again demonstrated their full strength for 90 minutes. To the individual talents of the Real, of Benzema, Bale, Modric and Marcelo, Diego Simeone’s men responded with their solidarity, Iker Casillas was barely troubled by a strike from Gamez. The expulsion of Arda Turan for a second warning, however, weakened the red and white structure. Chicharito, perfectly served by Ronaldo took advantage of that weakness.
Joining the team last summer, Chicharito has struggled to establish himself in the large workforce of Real Madrid. But on Wednesday, in the absence of the injured Benzema, he proved that he had his place in the merengue club. Always on the move, the Mexican made his goaltenders run (Godin and Miranda) throughout the game. He multiplied combinations with Cristiano Ronaldo, less fit than in recent weeks. His activity has cost him a hint of lucidity on several occasions.
For each period of domination of Real, Diego Simeone managed to find tactical response to annihilate the enemy attacks (Gabi’s entry at the 46th instead of Niguez and Raul Garcia instead of Griezmann in the 65th).But the Argentine technician could do nothing to compensate the expulsion of Arda Turan after a foot-up challenge on Ramos, which earned him a second yellow card. His players retreated further more and eventually cracked.