We all knew that it might happen at some point in this competition. It was a matter of time before we saw both Madrid teams drawn out against each other in the Champions League this season. The semi-finals will certainly be interesting fixtures.
The first fixture will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu while the second leg will be played at the Vicente Calderon. We will see the game at the Bernabeu played on the 2nd of May. The game at the Vicente Calderon will be played a week later on the 9th of May.
Real Madrid’s journey started in Group F. Three wins and three draws meant a second-placed finish was enough to advance despite finishing behind Borussia Dortmund.
In the last 16, Real Madrid were drawn against Italian side, Napoli. The home leg was won 3-1 with goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro. The second leg was at the Stadio San Paolo and Madrid won the fixture 3-1 again. Goals this time came from Sergio Ramos, an own goal from Dries Mertens and a stoppage time goal from Alvaro Morata. Madrid won 6-2 on aggregate.
The quarter-finals saw Real Madrid face up against German giants, Bayern Munich. Munich was the City in lights on the evening and Madrid managed to win 2-1 thanks to two goals from the main man himself, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Going back to the Bernabeu was harder than imagined for Real Madrid. A penalty from Robert Lewandowski put Los Blancos on edge. Ronaldo pulled Madrid back level but just a minute later Sergio Ramos had put the ball in the back of his own net. The game advanced to extra time but Ronaldo stepped up again with two more goals being five minutes apart. Marco Asensio finished off the job on 112 minutes to make it 4-2. This was finally enough for Real Madrid to advance to the semi-finals.
Atletico Madrid managed to finish top of Group D. They managed 5 wins with just one loss. Advancing to the final 16 they were drawn against German side Bayer Leverkusen. The away fixture was an entertaining one as they were 2-0 up after 25 minutes with goals from Saul and Antoine Griezmann. Karim Bellearabi managed to get one back for Leverkusen just after half time.
Kevin Gameiro made sure of a penalty to put Atletico 3-1 up before Savic scored an own goal to make it 3-2. On 82 minutes Spanish forward Fernando Torres wrapped up the tie to make it 4-2.
The return fixture was a bore draw at 0-0 and Atletico did enough to advance through to quarter-finals. Their next opponents were English champions, Leicester City. The home fixture was secured with a 1-0 win thanks to an Antoine Griezmann penalty. Saul managed to make more impact on Atletico’s Champions League campaign with a goal at the King Power stadium before Jamie Vardy equalised for the Foxes. It was enough for Los Rojiblancos to advance yet again.
After what we have seen this season, I think you can agree these fixtures will definitely be ones to watch. Madrid derbies are usually heated as well so don’t be surprised if things get a little feisty. Tempers will surely flare but players will have to keep cool heads and not make any rash decisions. A Spanish derby on one of the biggest stages in the world is certainly exciting for any football fan.