Big Match Feature: Atletico v Real

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Ronaldo_Gareth_Bale_Marcelo14042015G300 Atletico Madrid take on Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League quarterfinal just 11 months after  becoming the first teams from the same city to contest the European Cup final in the competition’s 59-year  history.

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The Merengues’ 4-1 win after extra time in Lisbon gave them a record tenth European Cup. They came  from behind following Diego Godín’s 36th-minute header, Sergio Ramos’ equaliser not arriving until three  minutes into added time. Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo – a penalty, his 17th goal of the  season creating a new record – then scored in extra time to give Carlo Ancelotti his third triumph in the  competition as a coach.

Atletico have won all four of their home matches in this season’s competition, while Madrid have prevailed in each of their away games.

Previous Meetings

The lineups at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 24 May 2014 were:

Atletico: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luís (Alderweireld 83), Tiago, Raúl García (Sosa 66), Gabi, Koke, Diego Costa (Adrián López 9), Villa.

Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Coentrão (Marcelo 59), Modric, Khedira (Isco 59), Bale, Di María, Benzema (Morata 79), Ronaldo.

The teams had met in only one previous European tie, the 1958/59 European Cup semi-final. Madrid won the home first leg 2-1, before Atletico’s 1-0 success in the return. That meant a replay in Zaragoza, where Ferenc Puskás struck the decisive blow to take Madrid into a fourth successive final.

The teams at La Romareda on 13 May 1959 were:

Madrid: Domínguez, Miche, Santamaría, Lesmes, Ruiz, Zárraga, Mateos, Kopa, Di Stéfano, Puskás, Gento.

Atletico: Pazos, Rivilla, Callejo, Mendiondo, Chuzo, Calleja, Miguel, Agustín, Vavá, Peiró, Collar.

The teams have met six times this season. Atletico won both league games, 2-1 away and 4-0 at home – their biggest victory over their neighbours since 1987 and the first time they had completed a league double over Madrid since 1950/51.

Atletico were also triumphant in the Copa del Rey second round (2-0 home, 2-2 away) and the Spanish Super Cup (1-1 away, 1-0 home).

The lineups for the Liga contest at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on 7 February were:

Atletico: Moyà, Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Siqueira, Arda Turan, Gabi, Tiago, Koke (Saúl Ñíguez 10; Raúl García 71), Mandžukic, Griezmann (Torres 77).

Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Coentrão (Marcelo 59), Khedira (Jesé 46), Kroos, Isco (Illarramendi 68), Bale, Benzema (Hernández 73), Ronaldo.

The sides have met in 201 league and cup games, with 103 Madrid wins, 50 for Atletico and 48 draws.

Match Background

Atletico

The Rojiblancos are in the quarterfinals of the European Cup for the seventh time and are seeking a fifth semifinal appearance.

Atletico have won seven and lost five of their 15 European games against Spanish sides, ousting Barcelona 2-1 on aggregate in last season’s quarterfinals.

They are chasing a fifth straight home victory in this season’s competition having won their three group games in Madrid with a 10-0 aggregate score. They beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-0 at home in the round of 16 to tie 1-1 on aggregate, winning the penalty shootout 3-2.

Last year’s Liga winners have won 21 of their last 23 European matches at the Vicente Calderón. The only defeat was a 2-0 reverse to FC Rubin Kazan in the Europa League round of 32 in February 2013.

The Lisbon defeat was Atletico ‘s only reverse in their last nine European games against Spanish sides (W5 D3) since a 2-0 first-leg defeat against Villarreal in a 2004 Uefa Intertoto Cup final.

Madrid

In the quarterfinals for the fifth year running – they have won all previous four and eight of the last nine they have contested – Madrid are trying to become the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

The Blancos’ ten-match winning streak came to an end when they went down 4-3 at home to FC Schalke 04 in the round of 16 second leg, Ronaldo scoring his 77th and 78th goals in Uefa club competition to surpass the record of former Madrid striker Raúl González. Madrid went through thanks to their 2-0 win in Germany.

Madrid have won eight of their last ten away games in the competition, winning all three games in this season’s group stage. Their only defeat in this sequence came in last season’s quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund when a 3-0 home win was followed by a 2-0 loss in Germany.

The Merengues have failed to score in only one of the past 28 Champions League away fixtures since going down 1-0 at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2009/10 round of 16, a tie they lost 2-1 on aggregate. They have suffered only five defeats in their last 28 European away games.

Ancelotti can become the first coach to win the trophy four times. He also guided Milan to Champions League glory in 2003 and 2007 and won two European Cups as a player for the same side, in 1989 and 1990.

Coach and player links

Ancelotti and Simeone crossed paths as players when the former’s Milan beat AC Pisa 1-0 in January 1991.

The pair have met 11 times as coach of their respective Madrid clubs, Simeone winning five of the duels and Ancelotti three with three draws.

Juanfran came through Real Madrid’s academy and made six appearances for the first team in 2003/04 and 2004/05.

Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Nacho, Daniel Carvajal and Koke were part of Spain’s victorious 2013 European Under-21 Championship squad.

International team-mates:

Marcelo and Miranda (Brazil);

Cristiano Ronaldo, Fábio Coentrão, Pepe and Tiago (Portugal);

Raphaël Varane and Antoine Griezmann (France);

Luka Modric and Mario Mandžukic (Croatia);

Juanfran, Koke, Mario Suárez, and Isco, Carvajal, Ramos and Iker Casillas (Spain).

Former club-mates:

Karim Benzema and Tiago (Olympique Lyonnais, 2005–2007);

Asier Illaramendi and Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad de Fútbol, 2010-2013)

Ronaldo has registered 16 goals in 20 appearances against Atletico , scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 Liga win on 11 April 2012 but being sent off after scoring in Madrid’s 2-1 Copa del Rey final reverse in 2012/13.

Ramos has twice been sent off against Atletico ; in a 1-1 Liga draw on 1 October 2006 and during Madrid’s 3-2 league win in November 2009.

Match Facts

Atletico

Cristian Ansaldi, Gabi, Jesús Gámez, Mario Suárez and Fernando Torres are all a booking away from a ban. Godín and Tiago return from suspension.

Atletico are eight games unbeaten in all competitions, winning four of them.

Having gone five games without conceding in all competitions, Atletico’s guard slipped at Málaga on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann struck twice either side of a Fernando Torres own goal and a Samuel effort in a 2-2 draw.

Griezmann’s tally is now up to 18 in the Liga for the season, beating his personal best of 16 set last season with Real Sociedad. He has scored in his last three games, four goals in all.

Torres’ effort against Getafe CF on 21 March was his first Liga goal since returning to Atletico.

Moyà (hamstring) and Raúl García (arm) have not played since sustaining injuries in the second leg against Leverkusen on 17 March.

Saúl Ñíguez (out since 25 February, kidney trauma) made a goalscoring return to action in the 2-0 defeat of Córdoba on 4 April.

Real Madrid

Coentrão, Marcelo and Toni Kroos will incur a suspension with their next booking.

Madrid have lost three of their last seven matches in all competitions, the most recent reverse a 2-1 defeat by Barcelona on 22 March.

On 5 April, the Merengues recorded their biggest Liga victory since 1967 when they thrashed Granada CF 9-1 at home.

Against Granada, Ronaldo scored five goals in a match for the first time in his professional career, surpassing the 300-mark for the Champions League holders in the process. Only Alfredo Di Stéfano and Rául González had previously reached a triple century of strikes for Madrid.

Ronaldo took his Liga tally to 38 for the season, opening the scoring in Saturday’s 3-0 win against SD Eibar. Javier Hernández doubled the lead in the first half, his first Madrid goal at the Santiago Bernabéu. Jesé Rodríguez made it 3-0 as Madrid recorded a third straight win.

Since losing 4-3 to Schalke on 10 March, Madrid have welcomed back Ramos (out since 4 February, hamstring) and James Rodríguez (4 February, right foot) from injury.

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