Atletico through to Champions League final

Atletico through to Champions League final


Despite defeat at the Allianz Arena to Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid are through to the final of the Champions League after Antoine Griezmann scored a vital away goal for his side.

Pep Guardiola’s Bayern came into the game already trailing 1-0 from the first leg. Robert Lewandowski almost opened the scoring for the German side but his effort was blocked by Atletico stopper, Jan Oblak.
Xabi Alonso scored the opener for Bayern after his free-kick deflected in off Jose Gimenez. Gimenez seemed to be having a bad day when he was responsible for another misfortune, this time, gifting Bayern a penalty. Thomas Muller stepped up to take the spot kick but saw his effort saved by Oblak.

Torres slipped in a beautiful through ball to Griezmann, who looked a fraction offside but was left to run all the way to roll the ball past Manuel Neuer putting Atletico ahead on aggregate. Robert Lewandowski restored hope for Bayern with a close ranger header from Arturo Vidal’s knockdown to set up a tense finish to the game. Fernando Torres then missed the chance to seal the game when his late penalty got saved by Manuel Neuer but Diego Simeone’s side gave the defensive performance of their lives and held on to ensure their place in the final in Milan on May 28.

Guardiola has now failed three times to take Bayern past the last four. Each time, falling against Spanish opponents – first was Real Madrid, then Barcelona last year and this time it was Simeone’s fighters, who have now reached their second final in three years.

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