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The final Madrid derby in the Vicente Calderón...

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21.04.2017

And there we have it: Real Madrid and Atlético will play each other in the semi-finals of the Champions League, first at the Bernabéu on May 2 and with the return leg at the Calderón on May 10 – the final Madrid derby at the venerable stadium. For either side it will a badge of honour more to have beaten their neighbor to earn a place in the final in Cardiff at the other’s expense. The footballing fates occasionally throw up this sort of surprise. We at AS ran a poll the day before the draw and a majority of Atlético fans preferred the prospect of facing Madrid in the last four rather than in another final that would carry such unpleasant precedents for the red-and-white half of Madrid. Real fans preferred the other idea of another........

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