Madrid: Athletico Madrid out-classed tournament favorite Barcelona in the second leg of champions league as French player Griezmann scored both goals.
In the first half, Athletico took advantage after Griezmann header and in last minutes of the match, he scored a penalty to register his team for semi-finals of Champions League.
Diego Simeone’s men comfortably contained their uncharacteristically limp opponents, and their 3-2 aggregate victory eliminated Barca at the quarter-final stage for the second time in three seasons.
The result was a shining example of Atletico coach Simeone’s tactical astuteness as his side restricted Barcelona to very few chances.
While the visitors grew into the game in the second half, they struggled to create clear openings. Their best opportunity fell to Luis Suarez, the scorer of both goals in their 2-1 win in the first leg, but the Uruguayan could only shoot straight at Jan Oblak
Griezmann, Atletico Madrid’s top scorer this season, has become the finished article under Diego Simone, and he had put the home side in control of the tie.
Luis Enrique’s Barcelona only managed one shot on target in the first half as the organized Atletico shut them out.Barcelona led 2-1 from the first leg at the Nou Camp where Fernando Torres scored and was sent off for Atletico.
Luis Enrique admits it wasn’t Barcelona’s “best day” after crashing out of the Champions League.
Enrique: It was the game we predicted, although perhaps I didn’t expect Atletico to play so deep. It wasn’t our best day.
I can’t say anything bad about the attitude of my players.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Manchester City also qualified for semi-finals of Champions League.
For the first time in #UCL history, each quarter-final is won by the same aggregate score.
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 13, 2016
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