Real Madrid suffer worst ever start to Champions League clash

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid
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The Bernabeu side were shocked by the rampant start that their neighbours made at the Vicente Calderon, putting them in an unprecedented position

Real Madrid made their worst ever start to a Champions League encounter when they faced Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the semi-final second leg.

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Coming into the game with a 3-0 advantage from the first encounter, in which Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat-trick, it had been assumed that Zinedine Zidane’s men would enjoy a relatively comfortable passage to the final.

However, the hosts had a very different idea. Starting the game in a bullish manner, they raced into the lead thanks to a Saul header and, with 16 minutes on the clock, they had pulled to within a goal thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s penalty.

It means that Real have endured their poorest ever start to a game in the Champions League, with their previous worst coming in 2004, when they found themselves a similar margin down against Roma. 

On that occasion, however, they came roaring back to win 4-2 thanks to a double from Raul and goals from Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos.