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Madrid beat Manchester City to reach 14th European Cup final

Real Madrid beat Manchester City 1-0 to reach their second Champions League final in three years. The Spanish giants play Atlético on 28 May in Milan.

Casillas alza la Décima en Lisboa.

Real Madrid are into yet another European Cup final. They beat Manchester City 1-0 in their Champions League semi-final second leg at the Bernabéu (the first leg finished 0-0) and will now go to Milan on 28 May to play Atlético Madrid in the hunt for their 11th European crown.

Two years ago the two sides played the final of the competition in Lisbon. Real Madrid won there, with Sergio Ramos equalising in time added on to make it 1-1 after the 90 minutes, with Ancelotti’s men going on to win 4-1 in extra time.

Ramos leaps and equalises in the final in Lisbon.
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Ramos leaps and equalises in the final in Lisbon.

This is the 14th time Real Madrid have reached the final of Europe’s premier football competition; they’ve won it ten times, the most of any club. Their sterling record in the tournament was forged in the opening years of the tournament: the Real Madrid of Puskas and Di Stéfano won the first five editions, from 1956 to 1960, including the legendary 7-3 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt, with Puskas scoring four and Di Stéfano bagging three.

Madrid returned to win the tournament in 1966, beating Partizan, before the 32 year drought that ended in 1998 with Mijatovic’s goal against Juventus to win the Septima, the seventh European Cup.

Since then Real Madrid have beaten Valencia 3-0 in Paris (eighth), Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 in Glasgow with THAT Zidane volley (ninth) and finally the 4-1 triumph over Atlético.

Now, two years after that night in Lisbon, Real Madrid face their local rivals again, on the biggest stage in club football.

Real Madrid's 13 European Cup finals

24-05-2014 (Lisbon). Real Madrid-Atlético: 4-1

15-05-2002 (Glasgow). B. Leverkusen-Real Madrid: 1-2

24-05-2000 (Paris). Real Madrid-Valencia: 3-0

20-05-1998 (Amsterdam). Juventus-Real Madrid: 0-1

27-05-1981 (Paris). Liverpool-Real Madrid: 1-0

11-05-1966 (Brussels). Partizan-Real Madrid: 1-2

27-05-1964 (Vienna). Inter-Real Madrid: 3-1

02-05-1962 (Amsterdam). Benfica-Real Madrid: 5-3

18-05-1960 (Glasgow). Eintracht-Real Madrid: 3-7

03-06-1959 (Stuttgart). Stade Reims-Real Madrid: 0-2

28-05-1958 (Brussels). Real Madrid-Milan: 3-2

30-05-1957 (Madrid). Real Madrid-Fiorentina: 2-0

13-06-1956 (Paris). Real Madrid-Stade Reims: 4-3


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