Champions League pairs Atletico and Real for an exciting Madrid derby

UEFA Champions League Trophy

The Champions League quarter-final draw paired Atlético Madrid with Real Madrid, as last year's finalists meet once again.

They met in the 2014 Champions League final and now they'll meet again at an earlier stage of the elite European competition, as Spanish capital derby rivals Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid were paired together in the quarter-finals in Friday's draw at UEFA headquarters.

It certainly was a battle in every sense of the word when Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid fought for European supremacy in the Lisbon final last season, and in the most dramatic way possible.

Diego Godín had given Atlético Madrid a priceless lead in the 36th minute, then survived wave after wave of Real Madrid attacks. As the game headed into stoppage time, it looked like red and white ribbons would be gracing the famous trophy, but a 93rd minute equaliser came from Sergio Ramos.

Extra-time saw Atlético Madrid look absolutely deflated, as Real Madrid ran riot in the extra half-hour, as Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo added three more goals. Real Madrid claimed their elusive 'Décima' of ten historic victories in the elite European competition and the current crop of 'Galacticos' etched their names into the history books.

Now the two giants from the Spanish capital must prepare to face one another for battle once more and it really is a tight one to call. Atlético Madrid have a distinct edge over their illustrious neighbours this season, particularly highlighted by the remarkable 4-0 whooping they inflicted on Real Madrid in La Liga in February. Simeone's side also sent Ancelotti's men tumbling out of the Copa del Rey over two legs.

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