The stage is set for an all Madrid final in this year’s UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid Wednesday night joined their city rivals, Atletico Madrid in the Milan finals.
For the umpteenth time, Gareth Bale again proved his importance to the Real Madrid squad as he Wednesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu contributed a great deal to the solitary goal that ensured that his team remain in the chase for an awesome 11th UEFA Champions League title.
Madrid without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo in the reverse fixture fired blanks at the Etihad Stadium but while the Portuguese got back in action on Wednesday it was his Welsh teammate that saved the day albeit with some help from City’s Fernando who actually had the last touch to the ball.
For many, the absence of captain Vincent Kompany boosted Real Madrid and they had their first real chance in the 13th minute when Dani Carvajal picked out Ronaldo with a cross from the right, but the attacker’s header was too high.
Indeed, Real Madrid started out the better side to a timid Man City and they suffered for it as a fantastic strike from Gareth Bale was deflected on Fernando to put Los Blancos ahead in the 20th minute.
Real Madrid now will face Atletico Madrid, who advanced past Bayern Munich on Tuesday thanks to away goals after their encounter ended 2-2 on two legs.
The final which will be played on May 28 at San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, will be a repeat of 2014 final which saw Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 to clinch the elusive Decima-their 10th Champions League trophy.