KNOWLEDGE IS WEALTH
Monday, May 1, 2017
2016-17 UEFA Champions League SF First Leg Real Madrid Vs Atletico Madrid Tuesday May 02,2017
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says past victories over Atletico Madrid will count for nothing when they meet in the Champions League SF
Real beat their neighbours
in last season's final - and had a
in the 2014 showpiece.
"It's a completely different tie and they will be doing their utmost to go through as well," said Zidane.
Real forward Gareth Bale is absent with a calf injury
Atletico's preparations for a 14th match in three seasons against Real have been badly hit by injuries.
They are without three defenders - Uruguay centre-back Jose Gimenez (groin), former Real right-back Juanfran (thigh) and Croatia full-back Sime Vrsaljko (hip).
Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid 3-0
Goal Scorer for Real Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo(10,73 and 85th minute)
Cristiano Ronaldo rises above Stefan Savic to power home the opening goal for Real Madrid inside 10 minutes
smashes home his second on the volley to move Real to the brink of a third Champions League final in four years
stays calm to slot home from close range and complete his hat-trick with five minutes remaining
There was only one choice for man of the match after Cristiano Ronaldo's second hat-trick of the season against Atletico Madrid
Ronaldo has equalled Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's total of seven Champions League hat-tricks.
His treble saw him become the first player to reach 50 goals in the knockout stages of the competition (52).
Ronaldo now has 13 semi-final goals in the Champions League (10 for Real Madrid, three for Manchester United) - the most by any player.
The Portugal international has also scored more Champions League goals (103) than opponents Atletico Madrid (100).
None of the previous five teams to lose a Champions League semi-final first leg by three or more goals have reached the final.
Atletico suffered their joint-worst Champions League defeat under Diego Simeone, having also lost by a three-goal margin (4-1) against Real Madrid in the 2014 final.
Real kept their first clean sheet in the competition since last year's semi-final against Manchester City (in both legs), ending a run of 11 successive games without one.
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