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Atletico beats Chelsea 3-1, plays Real in final

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 30, 2014 at 7:22 pm •  Published: April 30, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — A season of the unexpected for Atletico Madrid will end with its first Champions League final in 40 years — and against no less than its hometown rival.

Having already broken up the established order of Spanish soccer, the capital's No. 2 team overpowered Chelsea 3-1 Wednesday night on goals by Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa and Arda Turan.

Real Madrid, seeking a record 10th title, will play Atletico at Lisbon on May 24 in the second straight one-nation Champions League final and the first that is a city derby.

"They're a very powerful club used to those big European nights," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "It's been many years for us as a club, so it'll be a new experience, but we're keen and excited.

In its only previous appearance in the European final, Atletico lost a replay to Bayern 4-0 in 1974 after a 0-0 tie.

Also seeking its first La Liga title since 1996, Atletico has a four-point lead over second-place Barcelona with three games left and is six points ahead of Real, which has four matches remaining.

In La Liga this season, Atletico won 1-0 at Real Madrid in September and tied 1-1 at home in March. Real swept their Copa del Rey matches in February 3-0 and 2-0.

Last May, Atletico beat Real in the Copa del Rey final, ending a 14-year, 25-game winless streak against its rival.

"Playing like we play, we are the strongest team in the world," Atletico midfielder Tiago said. "And we deserve what we have in this moment."

Following a 0-0 tie in Spain last week, Fernando Torres put Chelsea in front in the 36th minute, shooting off a cut-back pass from Cesar Azpilicueta and beating goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois with a 10-yard shot that deflected off Mario Suarez. Torres, who has just 10 goals this season, didn't celebrate after scoring against his former team.

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