A second all-Madrid final of the UEFA Champions League in three years remains possible after Real and Atletico were kept apart in the draw for the 2015-16 semi-finals.
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Two years ago in Lisbon, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos scored a last-gasp equaliser against Atletico to send the showdown into extra time and they made the most of their reprieve, going on to triumph 4-1 and claim an unprecedented 10th European title.
Now the neighbours from the Spanish capital could be set to clash again in Milan on May 28 after they avoided facing each other in the last four.
Real, who overturned a 2-0 quarter-final first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg to win 3-0 at the Bernabeu Stadium with Cristiano Ronaldo’s third Champions League hat-trick of the season, will take on the sole remaining English representatives, Manchester City.
Ronaldo is only one short of his record of 17 Champions League goals in a single season and is sure to want to increase his tally and knock out the big rivals of his former club Manchester United, with Real having won 3-2 at home and drawn 1-1 away to City in the 2012-13 group stage.
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have cut Real Madrid’s odds in the outright market to 2/1 second favourites as a result of the draw, with Manchester City the 7/1 outsiders of the quartet remaining.
Due to holders Barcelona’s surprising exit against Atletico Madrid, who were also their conquerors in 2014, Bayern Munich are now the 6/4 market leaders and they will meet Diego Simeone’s side (7/2 third favourites) in the semi-finals.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola avoided a meeting with the club he will join in the summer, Manchester City, but of course there is still the possibility that they could face each other in the final.
Guardiola has yet to contest a Champions League Final with the German giants, having lifted the trophy twice with Barcelona, and is aiming to avoid a third consecutive semi-final defeat having lost to his previous employers and Real Madrid in the last two years.
2015-16 UEFA Champions League schedule (all kick-off times 19:45 BST):
April 26-27 – Semi-final first leg
Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich
Manchester City v Real Madrid
May 3-4 – Semi-final second leg
Bayern Munich v Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid v Manchester City
May 28 – Champions League Final in Milan