Madrid derby highlights Champions League semis – Juve, Monaco to meet for spot in final

first_img CONTINUED FAITH “Every year and every game is different,” said former Madrid player Emilio ButragueÒo, the club’s director of institutional relations. “They will be two very intense games. Atletico never gives you anything, and we will continue to have faith in the players who have gotten us this far.” In its seventh straight semi-final, Madrid are trying to become the first team to repeat as champion since the competition’s new format was created in 1992. It won a record-extending 11th title last season. Atletico are seeking their first title. In addition to the defeats against Madrid, they also lost to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final. The second leg against Madrid will mark the last Champions League game at the Vicente CalderÛn before Atletico moves to their new stadium. “The best stage to bid farewell to the Calderon in the Champions League,” Atletico midfielder Sa?l —Ìguez said. Two-time champions Juventus are trying to return to the final since losing the final to Barcelona in 2015. That year, they eliminated Monaco in the quarter-finals with a 1-0 aggregate score. “It’s a tough opponent. They shouldn’t be underestimated because we know how dangerous they can be,” Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner said. “Having seeing them up close against us two years ago when they had the same coach, I can say they play lovely football. They’re very quick upfront and strong in attack. “They don’t have anything to lose and the pressure will be all on our shoulders. Their weakness could be their lack of experience, as they are a very young group. They might concede a lot of goals, but they score a lot too.” Juventus are looking for their first European title since 1996. Monaco are in the semi-finals for the first time since they lost the 2004 final to FC Porto. The final is in Cardiff on June 3. NYON, Switzerland (AP): Defending champions Real Madrid will meet city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season’s final. The Spanish teams also met in the 2014 final, with Madrid winning both times. The draw yesterday pitted Juventus and Monaco in the other semi-final. Madrid will play the first game at home on May 2. Monaco will host Juventus on May 3. The return legs will be the following week. “The goal is to reach the final, and to do that you have to beat whichever opponent you get,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “The goal and the motivation would be the same with any other opponent.” The Madrid clubs have faced each other in the last three Champions Leagues. Madrid also defeated Atletico in the 2015 quarter-finals.last_img read more


first_imgGardai have issued a direct appeal to more than 600 people who attended a nightclub on the night a young woman died in unexplained circumstances.Tragic Tory Johnston.Tory Johnston, 17, died after a night out with friends at the Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning last.Garda believe more than 630 people attended the nightclub that night and have now appealed to anybody with any information on Tory’s movements to come forward. They have set up a specific email address for anyone with information to come forward with.A statement said “Gardai in Letterkenny investigating the sudden death of  17 year old Tory Johnston who passed away at Letterkenny General Hospital on the 15/07/15 wish to seek the public’s assistance.“Gardai are particularly keen to speak to anyone who was socialising in Voodoo nightclub in the early hours of the 15th of July and who may be in possession of information that would assist with the investigation.“Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station in confidence at ” Tory died after collapsing inside the nightclub before being taken outside by security staff for some air.She collapsed again while outside and was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but died just after 6.30am.A post mortem into the cause of death of the Leaving Cert pupil held on Thursday afternoon has proved ‘undetermined.”Garda Inspector Pat O’Donnell said they will now have to rely on toxicology reports to determine a cause of death.This could take up to three weeks as the reports have to be sent to a lab in the United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Tory’s funeral will take place this Sunday following mass at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.Her heartbroken parents Helen and Sammy and only sister Amy are being comforted by family and friends.GARDAI ISSUE DIRECT APPEAL TO NIGHTCLUB PATRONS OVER TORY’S DEATH was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more