Champions League Final: Five epic Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face-offs
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the first two sides ever from the same city to compete in a Champions League final. Let's look at the five of the best Madrid derbies ahead of their encounter
Another classic Madrid derby will take place when Real and Atletico face off in the Champions League final for the second time in three years in Milan on tonight.
As the two Spanish giants look to be crowned 'Kings of European football', let's take a look at five of the most epic Madrid derbies of all time between these two sides, which are the first ever from the same city to compete a Champions League final:
European Cup semi-final, May 13, 1959
Real won 2-1 in the third leg
The first time the two Madrid sides faced-off in European competition was the semi-finals of the European Cup in 1959. And the contest was so keen and epic that it needed three matches to decide the winner. Real won the first leg 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu before Atletico levelled the tie with a 1-0 win. It was before the away goals rule was in place and the two teams met again before Real's legendary Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas inspired them to a 2-1 win in Zaragoza. Real ultimately won the competition for the fourth consecutive time that year.
La Liga, October 30, 1999
Atletico Madrid won 3-1
This was the worst season in Atletico's history as it saw them being relegated from top flight football. But fans had one moment to cheer in the season when the Los Rojiblancos, who won just nine games in the La Liga that season, beat Real madrid, and that too at the Bernabeu. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scored a brace and Jose Mari the other after Fernando Morientes' opener for Real to give something for the fans to smile about.
Copa del Rey final, May 17, 2013
Atletico needed extra-time to beat Madrid 2-1
After that win in 1999, Atletico didn't win another debry for the next 14 years. After losing 25 derbies, Atletico finally changed the script to beat Real, and that to in the Copa del Rey final, and to add insult to injury in Los Blancos' backyard of the Bernabeu. Atletico came from behind after Cristiano Ronaldo headed Real in front, but first Diego Costa levelled and Miranda handed Atletico a 10th Cup win when he glanced home Koke's cross in extra time.
Champions League final, May 24, 2014
Real Madrid crushed Atletico 4-1 in extra-time
Real were chasing La Decima and needed extra time to fulfill that dream. The final went to extra time thanks to an equaliser from Sergio Ramos in the stoppage time -- 93rd minute. But the The Whites then came back in style to crush Atletico Madrid in extra-time with Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo all netting to deliver Los Blancos' long-awaited 10th European Cup.
Champions League quarter-final, April 22, 2015
Real Madrid won 1-0 in the second leg tie
Less than a year from that heartbreak in Lisbon, Real Madrid once again got the upper hand in European competition as they broke a seven-game winless streak against Atletico to seal a 1-0 aggregate win aftr the first leg had ended goalless. Javier Hernandez scored the deciding goal a minute from time to seal the win. But Atletico's cause wasn't helped by the fact that they down to 10 men after Arda Turan was red-carded.