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Real Madrid makes Champions League History

Since Madrid reached (and won) the first five European Cup finals between 1956 and 1960, only five other clubs had managed even three in a row – Benfica, Ajax, Bayern and, in the UEFA Champions League era, AC Milan and Juventus.

Two goals in each half from striker Karim Benzema who was making a start after being dropped in the first leg. was all they needed to secure a place to Kiev.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates as he scores his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Bayern Muenchen at the Bernabeu on May 1, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Picture/ Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Remarkably, in all those previous cases, when one team reached three in a row, another club immediately matched that feat!

REACHING THREE OR MORE UEFA CLUB FINALS IN A ROW

European Cup/UEFA Champions League

 

Real Madrid
2016: 1-1aet (5-3pens) v Atlético Madrid, Milan
2017: 4-1 v Juventus, Cardiff
2018: v ?, Kyiv

Juventus
1996: W 1-1 (aet; 4-2 pens) v Ajax, Rome
1997: L 1-3 v Borussia Dortmund, Munich
1998: L 0-1 v Real Madrid, Amsterdam

AC Milan
1993: L 0-1 v Marseille, Munich
1994: W 4-0 v Barcelona, Athens
1995: L 0-1 v Ajax, Vienna

Bayern München
1974: W 1-1/4-0 (replay) v Atlético Madrid, Brussels
1975: W 2-0 v Leeds United, Paris
1976: W 1-0 v St-Étienne, Glasgow

Ajax
1971: W 2-0 v Panathinaikos, Wembley
1972: W 2-0 v Internazionale Milano, Rotterdam
1973: W 1-0 v Juventus, Belgrade

Benfica
1961: W 3-2 v Barcelona, Berne
1962: W 5-3 v Real Madrid, Amsterdam
1963: L 1-2 v AC Milan, Wembley

Real Madrid
1956: W 4-3 v Stade de Reims, Paris
1957: W 2-0 v Fiorentina, Madrid
1958: W 3-2 (aet) v Milan, Brussels
1959: W 2-0 v Stade de Reims, Stuttgart
1960: W 7-3 v Eintracht Frankfurt, Glasgow

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