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A general view of  the Vicente Calderon Stadium during the Champions League semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The first roll of thunder hit with two minutes left on the last-ever European night at the Vicente Calderón. The rain poured off the roof and through (...)

Celta Vigo’s players arrive for a training session at Old Trafford ahead of their Europa League semi-final second leg clash with Manchester United. Photo: Reuters
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • May 11, 2017, 07:46

Soccer Despite Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann giving them an early scare at the Vicente Calderon last night, Real Madrid ensured that they would m(...)

Real Madrid’s Isco celebrates after scoring a goal in the Champions League semi-final second leg against  Atletico Madrid at  Vicente Calderon Stadium. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters/Livepic

Atletico Madrid 2 Real Madrid 1 (Real Madrid win 4-2 on aggregate) As expected, it will be Real Madrid who travel to Cardiff to play Juventus in yet (...)

 Cristiano Ronaldo during Real Madrid’s 3-0 win at Santiago Bernabeu last night. Photograph: Getty Images

It happens to every player when they accelerate past the wrong side of 30. Suddenly the legs are heavier. The pace starts to go, younger opponents whi(...)

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring the second  of his three goals in the  Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.  Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters/ Livepic

Real Madrid 3 Atletico Madrid 0 The Bernabéu bounced and burst into song, the lyrics ringing around this arena the same that had adorned the huge ban(...)

Hat-trick hero: Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during Champions League quarter-final second leg victory over Bayern Munich. Photograph: Getty Images

There are supposed to be about 1,300 words in this article. It is tempting to just spend 1,287 of them listing the things that Cristiano Ronaldo has d(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images

There are supposed to be about 1,300 words in this article. It is tempting to just spend 1,287 of them listing the things that Cristiano Ronaldo has d(...)

Real Madrid’s midfielder Isco celebrates after scoring the winner at El Molinon stadium in Gijon. Photograph: Getty Images

Sporting Gijon 2 Real Madrid 3 Isco’s brilliant double helped a much-changed Real Madrid side snatch a 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon on Saturday to move (...)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his second goal with Real Madrid  team-mate Marco Asensio  during the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Photograph:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Bayern Munich 1 Real Madrid 2 This was Real Madrid serving notice that their grip on this trophy is not ready to be loosened quite yet. Bayern Munich(...)

 Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane Zidane will go into the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich  under some pressure with talk that some of his superstars are not happy with his squad rotation policy. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted star striker Robert Lewandowski remains a major doubt for his side’s quarter-final first leg clash wi(...)

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