The Sweetest Loss

uefa champions league - semi-finals (leg 2)

Bayern Munich 2 - 1 Atletico Madrid
Xabi Alonso 31'
Lewandowski 74'
(2 - 2*)
Agg.
54' Griezmann

Atletico Madrid to the Champions League Final!!! Despite their 2-1 loss in Germany to Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid advanced to the final on the away goals rule. Tonight’s goal in Germany, along with Atletico’s 1-0 win in the first leg, was enough to see the Spaniards through to their second Champions League Final in three years.

Bayern Munich entered the match on the offensive looking for an early goal to level the scores on aggregate. The home side pressed in Atletico’s half with Lewandowski missing two great chances in the 20th and 24th minutes. In the 31st minute, luck was on Bayern’s side when Xabi Alonso’s free-kick deflected of Jimenez and found the back of the net. Two minutes later, the home side was given a penalty. However, Oblank denied Muller and kept the scores 1-1 on aggregate. Nine minutes into second half, Atletico was able to find space on a counter attack and Griezmann gave Atletico the all-important away goal. This give Atletico a 1-2 lead on aggregate and Bayern now needed to win by 2 goals to advance to the Final. Fifteen minutes before the end, Lewandowski put “fire” into the match when his header gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 lead in the game. After an awful decision by Turkish referee Cakir, Atletico was awarded a penalty in the 84th minute. Like Oblank in the first half, Neuer kept Bayern’s hopes alive denying Torres from the penalty spot. Bayern pressed on for the goal that would send them to the Final, but Oblank made important saves in the final minutes. The score remained 2-1 until the final whistle and Atletico, despite the loss, celebrated their progression to the Champions League Final.

Atletico eliminated Barcelona in the quarter-finals and now Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. They will await the winner of tomorrow’s match between Real Madrid and Manchester City. The Spaniards have now qualified for the Champions League Final for the second time in three years. If Real Madrid advances tomorrow, this year’s final will be a repeat of the 2014 Champions League Final.

 

highlights: bayern munich - atletico madrid

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