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Javier Hernandez the hero as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid to make Champions League last four

Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid (Real won 1-0 on aggregate)

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/04/2015

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez netted a late winner as Real Madrid reached the last four of the Champions League following a 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.

The striker, on loan from Manchester United, popped up in the 87th minute to finish from close range 11 minutes after Arda Turan saw red after picking up two yellow cards.

Hernandez, only playing due to an injury to Karim Benzema, missed a host of chances in what was a typically tight game, but could not miss after he was played in by Cristiano Ronaldo to keep the La Undecima dream alive.

Since last season's final defeat, Atletico went into the game against their city rivals unbeaten in the previous seven matches they had played this season.

It took almost half an hour for either goalkeeper to be tested but Jesus Gamez's weak effort was easily held by Iker Casillas.

Jan Oblak, Atletico's hero in the first leg, got down smartly to keep out Ronaldo's free-kick.

Real should have taken the lead three minutes after the break when a wonderful reverse pass by Isco found Hernandez, who shot wide of Oblak's far post.

Real were then forced to shoot from distance as Oblak kept out a Ronaldo effort before Koke headed straight at Casillas.

Atletico were looking comfortable, but the game turned when they were reduced to 10 men.

Turan went high on Sergio Ramos, leaving referee Felix Brych little option but to show him a second yellow card.

Hernandez was not to be denied with two minutes left after Ronaldo burst through, drew a defender and Oblak, and played in the Mexican, who rolled the ball into the empty net from close range.

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