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Montrelle Montesinos | 20 May, 2017, 11:43

Defending champions Real Madrid set up another mouth-watering meeting with Juventus in next month's UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff, after holding off a spirited Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

The fans believed too, with over 500 appearing outside the team hotel the night before the game to show their support and the Calderon enjoying one of the loudest and most impressive atmospheres in its 51 years as Atletico's stadium. "We have to be proud of the players".

"This is not our ceiling, we are in one of the great moments of our history", he added.

Gareth Bale is set to miss the remainder of Real Madrid's league campaign after coach Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday he did not know when the Wales global will return from injury.

"It's a success of the club, to have enjoyed five and a half years growing enormously... it's clear that it's not easy to always stay on the same trajectory, but today is an important day, even if we have ended up eliminated".

"This is Real Madrid's seventh consecutive semi-final".

"After the game, I asked Benzema how he got out of there, and he said he didn't know either", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Both teams have scored in nine of their last 12 meetings, while Madrid have won but conceded in eight of their home league games this term. The French striker was surrounded by three Atletico defenders by the end line, but found a way to get past all of them with a pair of quick touches.

Finally, Zidane summarize his job at Real Madrid: "I'm happy, it means that I'm doing a great job, but having this squad and the credit is for everyone, especially the squad". It was also the final Champions League game at the hallowed stadium.

"They played well, but we have more experience". Atletico also lost the final in 1974, to Bayern Munich.

If Atletico Madrid were to turn the 3-0 first leg deficit around they would need something special.

Real looked to continue their control of midfield in the second half and Atletico coach Diego Simeone responded with a double change replacing Torres and Gimenez with Thomas Partey and Kevin Gameiro.

It was the final European game at the Calderon before Atletico moves into a new venue next season.