[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Like Real Madrid on Tuesday, Atletico Madrid won big on the road to set up the first UEFA Champions League final involving two clubs from the same city. Atletico came back from a goal down to blitz Chelsea, 3-1, and win their semifinal series by the same score on aggregate.
Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa (after being cautioned for time-wasting on his penalty kick) and Arda Turan scored to send Atletico into the final of Europe's top competition for the first time since 1974 when it lost to Bayern Munich, 4-0, in a replay of their European Cup final. Former Atletico striker Fernando Torres had given Chelsea in the lead in the 36th minute.
Atletico got a big game from young Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan from Chelsea.
"The truth is the team was brilliant," Costa said on Spanish television broadcaster Canal Plus. "We have done everything possible to get to the final. Both Real Madrid and us are deserved finalists."
Atletico and Real will meet in the final May 24 in Lisbon. On four other occasions since 2000, two teams from the same country have met in the final. The only other all-Spanish final was Real Madrid-Valencia in 2000. Teams from England, Germany and Italy have also faced off in the final.