It’s the Madrid derby once again but the playing field isn’t level as Real Madrid head to Vicente Calderon with a three-goal advantage.
It was a one-man show at the Santiago Bernabeu last Tuesday with Cristiano Ronaldo being the undisputed hero of the night. The 32-year-old forward single-handedly sent Los Colchoneros into oblivion with a perfect hat-trick.
Real Madrid v Atletico
Ronaldo with another hattrick ? pic.twitter.com/9kQlNFvGWb
— Best’s Point Of View (@PovofBest) May 2, 2017
Streaming options: where to watch Atletico vs Real Madrid
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo live in action on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The official live listings of selected countries below for Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals are courtesy of LiveSoccerTV.com. Listed by country, alphabetically:
- Ghana at 6:45 PM UTC on SupserSport Select GO, SuperSport Select, SuperSport 3 Africa, Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique
- India at 00:15 AM IST on TEN 2
- Nigeria at 7:45 PM WAT on Canal+ Sport 1 Afrique, SuperSport Select, SuperSport 3 Africa, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SupserSport Select GO
- Portugal at 7:45 PM WET on Sport TV1, RTP 1
- Spain at 8:45 PM CET on beIN Sports Spain, Movistar+, beIN Sports Connect España
- UK at 7:45 PM BST on BT Sport Live Streaming, BT Sport 2
- USA at 11:45 AM PT/2:45 PM ET on SiriusXM FC, ESPN Deportes USA, WatchESPN, fuboTV, Fox Sports GO, Fox Sports 1 USA, Fox Soccer 2GO USA
At this point, Atletico Madrid will have to become the first team to ever usurp a three-goal semi-final deficit if they are to secure qualification into the final of this season’s UEFA Champions League. Their tormentor, Cristiano Ronaldo, saw his midweek performance earning him a deserved rest as Real Madrid traveled away to Granada in La Liga on Saturday.
The Portuguese used his spare time to enjoy the company of his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in Ibiza. Nonetheless, the rejuvenated striker has since joined up with his Los Blancos teammates in training as the second-leg encounter with their capital rivals looms.
Cristiano Ronaldo flew out with his girlfriend Giorgina to Ibiza on a private jet, having sat out Saturday’s win over Granada. [TMZ] pic.twitter.com/HVBCnHUuRV
— RMadrid Edition (@RMadridEdition) May 9, 2017
In the weekend’s fixture, Zinedine Zidane made nine changes to the squad that battered Atletico. Yet, the Frenchman’s side snatched a 4:0 win away to Granada, boosting their morale for the upcoming clash. With the 11-times European champions feeling fresher and soaring high in confidence, the odds are once more in their favor to pile more misery on their neighbors.
Diego Simeone, on the other hand, rested just one player as his team snatched 1:0 win over Eibar during the weekend. Despite Atletico being quite notable for defying odds and causing upsets, it’s highly unlikely that will be the case against Real Madrid on Wednesday. A second consecutive qualification to the Champions League final is at stake for Los Blancos and the club’s talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is just two goals away from winning the UEFA Golden shoe back-to-back.
— Humour Thoughts (@HumourThoughts) May 2, 2017
Therefore, it is only natural to expect a real battle in what is officially the last Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon. The winner of the tie is being awaited by Juventus who booked their tickets to the final in Cardiff after seeing off AS Monaco in a 4:1 aggregate scoreline.