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Atletico beat Chelsea to reach Champions League final


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Atletico beat Chelsea to reach Champions League final

Atletico Madrid have reached the final of Europe’s top club competition for the first time in 40 years after beating Chelsea 3-1 in the Champions League semi-finals.

The teams went into the second leg tie at Stamford Bridge having played out a goalless draw last week.

Fernando Torres opened up the scoring against his former club when his powerful close-range strike deflected in off defender Miranda on 36 minutes.

Chelsea’s lead was short-lived, though, as eight minutes later Adrian Lopez took full advantage of the Londoner’s inability to clear a Juanfran ball across the face of goal.

At one all Atletico would have qualified on the away goals rule but Diego Simeone’s men were not content with the draw and continued to pile the pressure on The Blues.

Madrid’s second came 15 minutes after the break when Diego Costa was clumsily felled in the box by substitute Samuel Eto’o.

And despite receiving a yellow card for time wasting, Costa cooly buried home the resulting penalty past Mark Schwarzer.

Turkish international Arda Turan put the win beyond any doubt on 72 minutes.

He stabbed home into an empty net when his first headed attempt rebounded back to him after hitting the crossbar which left the Chelsea defence stranded and keeper Schwarzer out of place.

Atletico’s victory has set up an all Spanish final on May 24th in Lisbon where they’ll lock horns with La Liga and city rivals Real Madrid who beat holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

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