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Atletico beat Chelsea 3-1 to reach Champions League final

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-05-01

The Champions League final will for the first time feature two teams from the same city after Atletico Madrid beat Chelsea 3-1 in London on Wednesday night to set up a showdown with local rivals Real Madrid.

After a goalless first leg in Madrid last week, former Atletico striker Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the tie for Chelsea in the 36th minute.

But Adrian Lopez leveled before halftime to give the surprise Spanish league leaders the crucial away goal.

Atletico’s place in a first European Cup final in 40 years was all but secured in the second half when Diego Costa netted a penalty on the hour

Arda Turan then put the tie beyond doubt in the 72nd minute, tapping the ball into an empty net after his header rebounded back off the crossbar.

Atletico will take on Real, who thrashed Bayern Munich 5-0 on aggregate in the other semi-final tie, in the Champions League final in Lisbon on May 24.

(FRANCE 24 with AP and AFP)

Date created : 2014-04-30

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