Atletico Madrid reach Champions League final


May 04, 2016
Atletico's Antoine Griezmann (right) celebrates after scoring during the Champions League second leg semi-final football match against Bayern Munich in Munich, Germany yesterday.


A goal from Antoine Griezmann sent Atletico Madrid to the Champions League final for the second time in three seasons despite a 2-1 defeat at Bayern Munich yesterday.

Atletico, who lost to city rivals Real Madrid in the 2014 final, progressed on the away goals rule with an aggregate score of 2-2 after winning the first leg of their semi final in Madrid 1-0.

Atletico striker Fernando Torres had the chance to settle it with a late penalty, only for Manuel Neuer to save his spot kick.

Torres wasn't the only one to miss from the spot. Atletico's Jan Oblak saved a penalty from Thomas Mueller in the first half, minutes after Xabi Alonso levelled the tie with a free kick in the 31st.

Griezmann scored in the 54th to put Atletico in the driving seat, before Robert Lewandowski headed Bayern back in front on the night in the 74th to set up a furious finale.

Bayern needed one more goal to avoid going out at the semi-final stage for the third straight season to a Spanish team and poured everything forward - only to be denied by Oblak and his defenders.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone described Bayern as "the best team that I played against in my career. It's great to see how my team played with such intensity. I was literally in love with this game."

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