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Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
Champions League • Final
  • E.T 2nd Half
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • KokePartey
  • Pepe
  • Filipe LuísHernández
  • E.T 1st Half
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Danilo
  • 2nd Half
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Gabi
  • Ramos
  • Carrasco
  • Casemiro
  • BenzemaVázquez
  • KroosIsco
  • Torres
  • CarvajalDanilo
  • Navas
  • 1/2 Time
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • FernándezCarrasco
  • 1st Half
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Ramos
  • Carvajal

Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
Champions League - 28 May 2016

Champions League – Follow the Football match between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid live with Eurosport. The match starts at 19:45 on 28 May 2016. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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Paul Hassall

GOAL! REAL 5-3 ATLETICO. Ronaldo crashes it into the corner!!!! Real win it for an 11th time!


MISS! REAL 4-3 ATLETICO. Advantage Real! Juanfran steps up but lashes his shot against the post.


GOAL! REAL 4-3 ATLETICO. Ramos with a slow run-up but then places it into the bottom right-hand corner. Great pens so far.


GOAL! REAL 3-3 ATLETICO. Saul slots it into the bottom left-hand corner. Super spot kick with Navas going the other way.


GOAL! REAL 3-2 ATLETICO. Calmness personified by Bale who fools Oblak and rolls it nonchalantly into the corner.


GOAL! REAL 2-2 ATLETICO. Gabi hammers it high into the net.


GOAL! REAL 2-1 ATLETICO. Marcelo blasts it into the corner despite Oblak guessing correctly.


GOAL! REAL 1-1 ATLETICO. Great composure from Griezmann. He watches Navas dive to his left and puts it in the other side.


GOAL! REAL 1-0 ATLETICO. Lucas Vazquez steps up and coolly places it into the right-hand bottom corner.


FT AET: Real 1-1 Atletico. We will have penalties.


Real still pressing but Hernandez puts in another huge block to keep Los Blancos at bay. The resulting corner is nodded away. and we will have spot kicks to decide the trophy for the 11th time.


Two minutes added. Carrasco down after failing with some trickery on the left flank just outside the penalty area. Pepe is the one to challenge him and again feigns injury. Embarrassing stuff from the defender.


Danilo motors in from the right wing and feeds Ronaldo - but it's blocked.... Real keep pressing and Lucas Vazquez is left free at the far post - but it's another great block! That will surely be that!


Real looking to launch one last attack...


Two minutes left. It's looking like penalties. Step forward a hero please....


Ronaldo eventually takes the free kick and slams it straight into the wall.


ATLETICO CHANGE: Thomas Partey does make an appearance in this final. He comes on for Koke who hobbles off. Could be an issue with penalties on the horizon. Koke would surely take one.


There's a big delay to this free kick as Koke and Bale struggle with cramp.


Torres is penalised for handball. It's 35 yards out. Cue Ronaldo? Casemiro has kissed the ball for good luck!


Both teams are still hoping to nick a winner. No one is settling for penalties. Fatigue is playing a major factor though.

  • Pepe
    Yellow cardPepeReal MadridPepe booked for a cynical hack. He then pretends to be injured after running away from the referee. Talk about dirty tricks!
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Pepe booked for a cynical hack. He then pretends to be injured after running away from the referee. Talk about dirty tricks!


PHOTO: A kiss for Carrasco. Quite a few Atletico fans wanted to kiss him after that leveller!


ATLETICO CHANGE: Lucas Hernandez for the injured Filipe Luis. Thomas Partey had been set to come on for Saul, but Simeone was forced to change tact.


Filipe Luis is down so play is halted just as Atleti were going to make a change. Simeone holds fire for the moment.


Casemiro takes a square pass from Modric, dances beyond one and rifles a shot from 25 yards over the top.


You have to say some of the changes Simeone has made have been hugely significant. Carrasco has been magnificent.


KICK OFF: second half in ET. Atleti get the final 15 minutes underway. Are we going to have a winner before penalties?


The resulting corner is headed nodded away to far side of the area where Griezmann reacts to acrobatically volley over. And that is the final action of the first period in ET.


You sense their are still some chances in this for both sides. Carrasco almost makes it happen for Atleti with some lovely footwork before seeing his low cross-shot deflected behind.


Are we going to get an ET winner like in Lisbon or will this one go to spot kicks?


Real responding but when they don't have the ball some of their key men are labouring.


Typically, Real almost make that last statement redundant. A Ronaldo counter attack sees Isco turn in the box and feed Bale who sees his shot from the edge brilliantly blocked.


Atletico well on top now. A succession of corners are dealt with by Real, but the ball keeps coming back at them.


Danilo gets across to make a key challenge after Torres' flick-on had threatened to put Griezmann clear.


Want to know the teams' ET record? Infostrada has you covered: Real have gone to extra time on 13 occasions in European matches, winning or progressing seven times while Atlético have gone to extra time on 14 occasions in European matches, winning or progressing eight times.


It's still Atletico in the ascendancy. Real look very leggy.


Twitter went into overdrive over that Ramos foul in injury time during normal time.


Ronaldo rises to meet Isco's left-wing corner but miss-times his header and the opportunity goes begging!


Real counter but Bale fizzes wide from long range. Frustration evident throughout the Real team.


Danilo booked for dragging down Carrasco as the Atletico man looked to rampage free down the wing.


Casemiro with the first effort of ET but Oblak is right behind it.


DID YOU KNOW? Carrasco is the first substitute to score in a CL final since Marcelo scored for Real Madrid in this fixture two years ago.


KICK OFF in ET: Real get us back underway.


FT: Real 1-1 Atletico. Super sub Carrasco's close-range finish takes us into extra time after he cancelled out Ramos' first-half opener. This is the 17th European Cup final to go to ET. Deja vu from two years ago in Lisbon which also finished 1-1 after 90 mins.


Ramos booked for a last-gasp lunge on Carrasco as Atletico broke in numbers. Atleti are furious. Gabi also booked for something he said to the referee.


Saul can't make anything of a searching ball over the top and Real have a goal kick. It looks like ET just like it was in Lisbon two years ago. This time it's Atletico who will be delighted to have the additional period of play.


Three minutes have been added.


DID YOU KNOW? This could be the seventh Champions League final to go to extra time. The only one of those finals not to be decided after penalties was the final between Real and Atletico two years ago (via Infostrada).


Looks like we will be heading into extra time.


PHOTO: Atletico glee

2016, Ferreira Carrasco celebration, Atletico Madrid-Real Madrid, Champions League

Crazy stat about Carrasco. That's a pub quiz question for the future.


Bale rises to meet Ronaldo's left-wing corner but sees it bounce off Pepe and over.


Real have looked shell-shocked but are starting to ask a few questions again...


Torres with a half chance!!!! But it's wide!


VIDEO: Carrasco's celebration!


Atletico have their tails up. Can they win it in normal time?


Not a bad change from Simeone! Super sub!


A fifth goal of the season for Carrasco. No doubt which is his favourite!

  • Yannick Carrasco
    GoalYannick CarrascoAtlético MadridGOAL!!! Atletico are level! Juanfran volleys a cross into the six-yard box and Yannick Carrasco arrives at the far post to blast it into the net. All square!
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GOAL!!! Atletico are level! Juanfran volleys a cross into the six-yard box and Yannick Carrasco arrives at the far post to blast it into the net. All square!


OFF THE LINE! Real are in for a second but can't make it count. Bale gets a second bite of the cherry and sidesteps the keeper but sees his driven effort hacked off the line by Savic!


The change sees Ronaldo move through the middle and he almost makes an immediate impact in the new role as he flashes in a low effort that Oblak gets down well to smother.


REAL CHANGE: Lucas Vazquez on for Benzema.


Are we going to see a role reversal to the 2014 final? Can Atleti grab a late leveller?


Torres rises to meet a delivery from the left flank but Ramos puts him under pressure and the forward can only send his header sailing over the bar.


Time is the enemy for Atleti.


More than a few eyebrows raised by the change, Isco for Kroos is hardly like for like.


REAL CHANGE: Kroos off, Isco on. The German departs after a superb 72-minute showing in midfield.


SAVE! Real break at speed. Modric feeds Benzema who surges into the area from the right but sees his driven effort blocked by Oblak.


Godin across to nick the ball off Ronaldo after the forward had jinked beyond Savic and set his sights on goal.


Koke is fouled by Ramos and Atletico survive a spell of Real pressure. Conceding a second goal now would surely be curtains for Los Rojiblancos.


Bale steps up with real authority but sees his 30-yard free kick deflect off the wall and out for a corner.


Kroos drifts another free kick from the left into the area. It's headed clear but Ronaldo picks up the pieces and is brought down by Godin. Free kick to Real in a dangerous position...


Atletico have been the better side in this second half. Nothing to show for it so far.


PHOTO: Antoine's agony.

Antoine Griezmann penalty kick, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid, Champions League, AFP

Real's main men have been very quiet too. Ronaldo doesn't look fit and Benzema has done little. Bale had a good first half but has faded.


Torres won a penalty but completed his first pass of the match just shy of the hour mark! Incredible.


PLAYERS WHO HAVE MISSED PENS IN CL FINALS: Mehmet Scholl - Bayern München - 2001.... Xabi Alonso - Liverpool - 2005... Arjen Robben - Bayern München - 2012.... Antoine Griezmann - Atlético Madrid - 2016 (via Infostrada).

Robben Kroos Boateng Bayern 2012 Finale Champions League

Torres booked for catching Ramos.


CHANCE! Saul arrives late in the box but acrobatically volleys just wide from the left-wing cutback.


Griezmann has missed two of five spot kicks (incl. shoot-outs) this season (all competitions), both against Real's Keylor Navas (via Infostrada).


Great stat on missed penalties.


We've already seen more from Atletico in this half. A HT rocket from Simone no doubt.


Back up the other end and Bale fizzes wide. The Welshman looks very keen to get on the scoresheet here.


CLOSE! Real are all over the place from a left-wing corner. Godin rises and nods it down but Savic can only stab wide from close range after it bounced around in the box.


VIDEO: Griezmann's spot-kick gaffe.


Carvajal was brilliant in that first half. Really unfortunate to see his final cut short by injury.


REAL CHANGE. Carvajal in tears as he limps off after pulling up with what looks like an innocuous muscle pull. Danilo will replace him.


Griezmann has been Atletico's most vibrant player. Hopefully the miss won't dwell too much on his mind and affect how he performs from here.


Real respond. Kroos fires a free kick into the mix from the left but this time Atletico deal with it.


That was a golden opportunity for Atletico. Is it written in the stars for Real? An offside goal and now a penalty miss in their favour.


PENALTY MISS! Griezmann steps up but smashes his spot kick against the bar. Real clear and it remains 1-0!


Navas booked for gamesmanship.


PENALTY ATLETICO! Pepe crashes into the back of Torres in the area. Easy decision for the referee.


Atletico must forget whether Ramos' goal should or should not have stood. They've 45 minutes to save their dream.


KICK OFF! Atletico gets the second period up and running. Atletico have made a change: Yannick Ferreira Carrasco on for Augusto Fernandez. That's an attacking move by Simeone.


Harsh but true...


HT: Real 1-0 Atletico. Ramos' close-range finish that looked suspiciously offside has put Los Blancos 45 minutes away from a record 11th European Cup triumph.


Great defensive header from Savic as Bale came flying in to try and attack Carvajal's hanging cross. One minute added.


Griezmann is lively, but what of Torres. The former Liverpool and Chelsea forward has been largely anonymous.


Griezmann turns into space 25 yards out but drags his shot wide of Navas' right-hand post. The Frenchman is doing his best to get his side back in this.


GREAT STAT via Infostrada: Ramos is the fourth defender two score in two different Champions Cup/Champions League finals Velibor Vasovic (Ajax, Partizan Beograd, 1966-1969) Thomas Gemmell (Celtic, 1967-1970) Phil Neal (Liverpool, 1977-1984) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, 2014-2016)

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos (C) shoots and scores the first goal for the team during the Champions League final, 2014

Want a chuckle? Check out this piece on Rio Ferdinand's attire in the BT Sport studios?


Another effort from distance from Griezmann is once more food and drink for Navas.


POSSESSION: Real 52 per cent - Atleti 48 per cent


Atletico are at least offering something going forward now. Real still look rather comfortable though.


PHOTO: Great overhead shot of Oblak's early save.


It's been a quiet evening for Nando so far...


Griezmann's runs onto Gabi's dinked pass to the left of the area but sees his volley beaten away by Navas, who wasn't to know the flag was up for offside.


Griezmann decides to have a go from 30 yards and sees his speculative effort grasped by Navas who had all day to gather it.


This is the third season in a row in which a manager has reached the Champions League final in his first season in the competition (Diego Simeone 2014, Luis Enrique 2015, Zinedine Zidane 2016). The previous two enjoyed contrasting fortunes - so far, so good for Zizou though.


Remember, Zidane could become the seventh man to win the Champions League/European Cup both as a player and as a manager.


Griezmann wins a corner on the left flank, but Real deal with the initial delivery and when the attack is recycled Koke floats his cross harmlessly out of play.


Atletico may need to enjoy more of the ball than they would like to get back into this... STAT: Atlético have registered under 30% possession in each of their last four Champions League games (26% and 23% v Barcelona; 26% and 27% v Bayern Munich).


Atleti angst!


PHOTO: Marcelo presses forward.

Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid

Another flowing Real attack sees Ronaldo skip to the byline but his cross is plucked out of the air by Oblak.


PHOTO: Ramos rejoicing.

Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring the first goal for Real Madrid

The ball drops to Juanfran just outside the Real area but the fullback fluffs his lines and volleys way over the top.


Real still bossing this. Atletico trying to respond but getting caught between pushing forward and keeping their shape.


PHOTO: Sergio's smile!

Sergio Ramos celebration, Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid, Champions League, AFP

STAT: Real Madrid have scored 28 goals in this season’s Champions League, only two fewer than top scorers Bayern Munich (30 goals) and 12 more than Atlético. They’ve also conceded only five goals, the best defensive record this season and one fewer than their Madrid rivals.


VIDEO: Ramos' opener.


Lots of calls in the Twittersphere suggesting replays show Ramos was offside...


A Ramos reminder for Atletico - and not a good one! The defender grabbed the last-gasp equaliser to force ET in Lisbon in 2014. Real went on to win then and are currently looking good for an 11th title. What can Atletico do in response. The gameplan must change.


GOAL!!! REAL Madrid lead. Ramos tucks home from close range after Kroos' free kick from the left was nodded on by Bale.


VIDEO: Oblak brilliance.


Could it be a busy night for the referee? The final between these teams two years ago saw a CL record 12 cards being handed out (later equalled by Bayern - Juventus on 16 March of this year).


It's been a cracking start. Let's hope it continues. Atletico looking to get forward after a strong spell of Real pressure.


Carvajal booked for the latest in what is a growing list of crunching tackles.


Bale looking lively. Can he net his first CL goal of the season on the biggest occasion?


Altetico looking a bit nervy but manage to avert the danger.


Real turning the screw. Kroos lets fly from 25 yards but sees his shot deflect off Savic for a corner.


Real looking for the early breakthrough against a side renowned for their stubborn rearguard action.


GREAT SAVE! Bale whips a dangerous free kick into the middle that Casemiro meets with a six-yard volley, but Oblak somehow keeps it out. Magnificent goalkeeping.


Free kick to Real on the right just outside the area. Ronaldo brought down in full flight. Bale over it...


First half chance of the match. The ball is clipped in from the right for Koke who miscues his 10-yard volley and sees it bobble through to Navas. The Atleti man looks on ruefully.


Love your stadium stats? Here's one for you via Infostrada: For the fourth time in history Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza will host the Champions Cup/Champions League final. Only two stadiums have hosted the CC/CL final more often than four times. Wembley has played host on seven occasions, five times in the old setting and twice as New Wembley, and the Koning Boudewijnstadion in Brussels (formerly: Heizelstadion) has hosted it five times.

General view of San Siro Stadium

DID YOU KNOW? Atleti conceded a miserly seven goals in their run to the final. We all want to see goals but the stats suggest this is going to be tight.


Koke flies into an early, crunching challenge on Casemiro. Atletico looking to set the tone from the off!

  • 1st Half

KICK OFF! Atletico get the 2016 Champions League final underway.


Finally, the protagonists take to the pitch... Some of the players look bemused by the fanfare. They just want to play football!


Looks like kick off will be slightly delayed by the pre-match theatre. Alicia Keys has gone but now Andrea Bocelli is belting out a tune!


Alicia Keys currently on a stage for the pre-match ceremony.


THIRD TIME LUCKY? Atlético Madrid have reached the Champions League/European Cup final for the third time (1974, 2014, 2016). They have so far lost their previous two finals (v Bayern Munich after a replay in 1974; v Real Madrid after extra-time in 2014).


HEAD-TO-HEAD: Atlético have won seven of their last 16 games against Real Madrid, in all competitions (5 draws, 4 losses). They had failed to win any of their previous 25 games against Real (6 draws, 19 losses). Real Madrid have won only two of their last 12 competitive games against Atlético, but both wins have come in the Champions League (4-1 after extra-time in the 2014 final; 1-0 in last season’s quarter-final second leg).

Antoine Griezmann et Cristiano Ronaldo devraient animer Atlético-Real

There will be a Spanish winner of the Champions League/European Cup for the third consecutive season, the longest run for a single nation since English clubs won it six times in a row from 1977 to 1982.


Only two winning head coaches in the CC/CL did not carry a European nationality when they won it and both were from Argentina. Luis Carniglia won it with Real Madrid in 1957/58 and 1958/59 and Helenio Herrera won it with Internazionale in 1963/64 and 1964/65 (via Infostrada).

2011-12 Europa League Atletico Madrid Diego Simeone

LIVE: Eurosport's Tom Adams in the San Siro


DID YOU KNOW? Zidane can become the seventh person to win the CC/CL both as a player and a coach. The six that have achieved this are Miguel Muñoz, Giovanni Trapattoni, Johan Cruijff, Carlo Ancelotti, Frank Rijkaard and Josep Guardiola (via Infostrada).

Zidane scores in 2002 European Cup final

The San Siro atmosphere is already bubbling away nicely...


CRISTIANO'S CHALLENGE: Ronaldo could become only the second player to score in three different Champions League/European Cup finals after Alfredo Di Stéfano, who did it in five finals.


DID YOU KNOW? Real Madrid have kept 10 clean sheets (in 12 games) in the Champions League this season, which equals the record in the competition (Arsenal in 2005/06).

Keylor Navas, parando un penalti en el Real Madrid-Sevilla

STAT: Cristiano Ronaldo has never scored in four previous Champions League games at the San Siro (via Opta Joe).


One last word from Diego via Atleti's official Twitter account...


Zinedine Zidane: "I don't think it'll be a failure if we lose. Failure can come from a bad attitude and if we cannot replicate what we have done in the past that would be a failure, but it's a game of football. All I can say is we are very ready for the game, ready is the word."

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

Diego Simeone: "There is no such thing as revenge in football, or in life for that matter, just new opportunities. 'Revenge' is a negative word, because it harks back to a defeat; on the other hand, 'opportunity' is about optimism, confidence and what's to come, and that's what we want to show in the Champions League." He added: "We've been working on our style of play for the last four and a half years, with particular emphasis on our level of intensity. Many people drive themselves mad trying to get their players into that state. Even with the changes that have taken place, we've always kept up the same level of intensity.... We've already played two of the top three teams in the world and now we're facing the third in the final."

Diego Simeone

Ronaldo full of swagger. He was an injury concern before the 2014 final in Lisbon too, so there's more than a little sense of deja vu about this showdown. Speaking ahead of the match, he told the press: "Cristiano always appears in the games that matter. I'll be at 100%. On Saturday, I'll be in better form than I was in Lisbon."


STAT: Eleven of the players starting tonight also started the #uclfinal in 2014 (six for Real, five for Atletico (via OptA Paolo). Real beat their neighbours 4-1 aet.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos (C) shoots and scores the first goal for the team during the Champions League final, 2014

Atletico's road to the final...


Real's road to the final...


Atletico pretty much as expected with the one selection poser seeing Simeone select Savić instead of José María Giménez. Unsurprisingly, Torres starts on what he has described as the 'most important' game he will ever play in as he bids to win his first major trophy with his boyhood side. He said: "This is different, this is special. It's what I wanted when I was a kid, more than I dreamed. Without any doubt it's the most important, special and lovely game of my life. Anything I can do with the club that gave me the chance to start my career, the team I was a fan of since I was five years old, is different to anything else I've won."


CONFIRMED ATLETICO MADRID XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Gabi, Augusto, Saul; Torres, Griezmann.


So nothing out of the ordinary for Real Madrid. Casemiro was described by Simeone as Real Madrid's most important player yesterday and he anchors in mdifield, allowing Kroos and Modric a bit more freedom either side of him.


TEAM NEWS!!!! This is the Real Madrid XI: Keylor; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.


What the hell has Michel Salgado done to that car??


Atleti are arguably the best defence in Europe having conceded only 18 goals in 38 Liga games and only six goals in Europe en route to the final. Real, though, have a much vaunted attack and in Ronaldo a player looking to equal his own record of 17 goals in a single European Cup campaign. He set that mark with his penalty in Lisbon in the final two years ago - a match which has loomed large in the build-up to this.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane

The light is starting to pinken here and at the duomo, which means kick-off is fast approaching. I'll be handing over to Paul Hassall in around 20 minutes, when we should get news of today's teams. Atleti will be set up in a 4-4-2 which in practice is very narrow with Saul and Kokoe both tucking in. They will play on the counter and target space in behind the Madrid full-backs. Real will be in a 4-3-3 formation with Casemiro holding in midfield and Kroos and Modric either side, linking to the BBC.


A key line from Jonathan's piece:

" Modric is energetic but there is an elegance to him. He glides, and yet he glides with urgency. His reading of the game is extraordinary. He has a tremendous capacity to be in the right place at the right time, which makes him appear perhaps busier and quicker than he really is. And that means that, although when he emerged from Dinamo Zagreb’s youth team he was a classic number 10, a playmaker behind the front two, he has been able to drop deeper and deeper as his career has progressed."
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Luka Modric during training

Diego Simeone has done so much to end Real Madrid's overwhelming dominance in this local derby. He's beaten them to the title and beaten them in the Copa del Rey final. He's got five wins and four draws from the last 10 meetings alone. But can he win the Champions League, after failing to unseat Real Madrid in such dramatic circumstances in Lisbon two years ago? Pete Jenson wrote this for us:

" Many fans feel that it’s not an Atletico supporter’s lot to get comfortable. That’s why as the clock ticks down to Champions League final there is an extra reason why they want so dearly to win the European Cup this season. They want to bring it back to the Calderon – their home for the last 60 years. They want their richer rivals to finish the season with nothing as they celebrate at the city’s Neptune fountain. They want to be able to turn around to their children and give them the best explanation ever for why they support Atletico."

Tonight pits two French strikers against each other - although only one is going to the Euros. Karim Benzema's off-field problems (and being charged in relation with an alleged blackmail plot over a sex tape of Mathieu Valbuena certainly counts as an off-field problem) mean he misses out - but is Antoine Griezmann better anyway?


If you ever wondered how the Champions League trophy got to the stadium in one piece....


PS - If you are into Snapchat and all that....


Focusing in on one key element of that Atleti attack, this was described yesterday by Fernando Torres as the "game of his life". Why? I wrote about that in the piece linked below...

" It means so much to Torres because it is with Atleti. Aside from the Segunda Division title in 2002, his trophies have been won with Spain’s Under-16, Under-19 and senior teams, as well as the three cups lifted at Chelsea. It also means so much to Torres because this is a chance to reassert himself as a top-level striker, at a venue which bore witness to his continued decline, even if it comes too late to prevent Vicente del Bosque axing him from the Spain team for Euro 2016."

From that piece, on the underestimated Atletico Madrid attack:

" The temptation is to bill this as a classic encounter between the unstoppable force and the immovable object, especially with Madrid possessing the most expensive frontline ever assembled, but that would disguise Atleti’s own threat in attack, most notably the electric Antoine Griezmann, who scored against both Bayern Munich and Barcelona to take his side into the final. Griezmann is the outlet for Atleti’s rapier-like counter-attacks and if they can lure Real Madrid’s full-backs forward and find space to attack then Simeone’s side could show off their huge attacking qualities."
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone

So what can we expect from the Champions League final? I pulled out five strands to look out for, including a possible record for Ronaldo and whether Atleti and Real can confound expectations


I've just been for a scout around the stadium. Fans won't be admitted until 5pm so there's a bit of an eerie feel to it, but preparations for the opening ceremony are well under way.


It's around three hours until we get the team news through. To be honest there are no major surprises expected. Raphael Varane is the only player from either side missing after Ronaldo was pronounced "100% ready" by Zinedine Zidane yesterday evening so the teams will likely be as follows (although Stefan Savic could get in ahead of Jose Gimenez at the back for Atleti).

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis; Saul, Fernandez, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Torres.

Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann during training

Below you can see the scenes at the official UEFA site. It was a really gentle atmosphere, some chanting which was largely ruined by the euro pop and dance blaring out of the huge sound system. Apparently Gaizka Mendieta did a DJ set last night. Yes, that Gaizka Mendieta.


I filmed this video earlier - Atleti fans had colonised the luxury shopping hall just off the duomo square, where the official UEFA fan park is situated. It was a rather more interesting spectacle, though the good people at Prada and Versace looked a bit bemused.


My name is Tom Adams and I've just arrived at the San Siro. Paul Hassall will be with you for the match itself while I clamber up to the top of one of he most imposing stadiums in football, but there's plenty of build-up to get through, including our best preview features, some images and videos from out and about in Milan, and some chat about what we might have in store. tonight. Please, get your questions in the comments tab and I'll use them.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid: Champions League final LIVE

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Madrid derby - transplanted to Milan and dressed up rather nicely for the Champions League final.