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History repeats itself for Atletico in final loss

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm •  Published: May 24, 2014
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LISBON, Portugal (AP) — For Atletico Madrid, this story line is a little too familiar.

Forty years on from conceding a last-minute goal in its only previous European Cup final, Atletico endured a similar ending Saturday as a stoppage-time equalizer helped Real Madrid rally for a 4-1 extra-time victory in the Champions League final.

Atletico's nickname the "pupas" — or "jinxed ones" — stems from the 1974 European Cup loss to Bayern Munich, which scored a 120th-minute equalizer to force a replay that it won 4-0.

Atletico looked set to follow up its first Spanish league title in 18 years with a maiden European Cup when Diego Godin headed home in the first half at the Stadium of Light.

But Sergio Ramos equalized in the injury time before Gareth Bale, Marcelo, and Cristiano Ronaldo completed Real's win.

"This match is not worth a tear," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "The word to describe this feeling isn't sadness but bitterness as we didn't achieve the objectives we set for ourselves.

"But tomorrow is another day."

Not only was Atletico just over 60 seconds away from erasing the painful memories of that 1974 final, but from completing the greatest season in club history with a historic double.

Just one week ago Atletico secured its first Spanish league title in 18 years, an improbable triumph to become the first Spanish winner besides Barcelona or Real since Valencia in 2004.

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