Real Madrid has qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in three years on Tuesday.

The Spaniards were also 3-1 too strong in the return against Atalanta.

Real had struggled to win the first leg with 0-1, but had it a lot easier on Tuesday.

Within the hour it was 2-0 by goals from Karim Benzema (goalkeeper blunder) and Sergio Ramos (penalty kick).

In the lively final phase, Atalanta saved the honor thanks to a goal by Luis Muriel (beautiful free kick), but the final chord was for Real via a goal from Marcos Asensio.

Only one Dutchman came into action at Atalanta.

Marten de Roon played the entire game, while Sam Lammers had to stay on the bench for ninety minutes and Hans Hateboer was missing due to an injury.

Real has been eliminated in the eighth finals of the Champions League in the past two seasons.

The record holder with thirteen titles surprisingly lost to Ajax in 2019 and to Manchester City last year.

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Benzema puts Real Madrid ahead against Atalanta after goalkeeper error

Real escapes early arrears

Real started difficult at the return against Atalanta and even escaped an early deficit.

Former Heraclied Robin Gosens had the ball on a pass from Muriel before typing, but he hit the ball incorrectly, allowing goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to intervene.

Then Real took control and that resulted in the 1-0 ten minutes before half time.

First, Vinícius Júnior saw his shot blocked at the last minute, but moments later it was still hit.

Benzema took advantage of a goof from goalkeeper Marco Sportiello, who just handed the ball to Luka Modric.

Real didn't relax and decided the diptych shortly after the break.

Vinícius Júnior was again unable to score himself - he missed face to face with Sportiello after a nice individual action - but then won a penalty after being knocked down by Rafael Tolói.

Ramos did not fail from eleven meters.

In the last half hour it went up and down.

Both teams missed the necessary opportunities, but also scored once.

Muriel brought Atalanta back to 2-1 with a great free kick in the intersection and from the attack straight from the kick-off, Asensio coolly pushed in the 3-1.

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