Atletico Madrid Qualify For 2016 Champions League Final – Atletico Madrid produced yet another superb defensive effort to qualify for the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final.
Atletico Madrid won Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their semi-final clash last week, and despite losing 2-1 tonight, were able to qualify on the away goals rule. It’s the 2nd Champions League final appearance for the Spanish side in 3 years, and are likely to face Real Madrid again in the final, whom they lost to in 2014.
Xabi Alonso had given Bayern the lead through a deflected free kick, but Antoine Griezmann had given Atletico the deciding away goal shortly after the start of the second half. Robert Lewandowski had put Bayern ahead once again in the 74th minute, but Atletico held on for the aggregate win.
Both sides missed penalties, with Jan Oblak denying Thomas Muller in the first half, and Manuel Neuer preventing Fernando Torres from dealing a killing blow. The match was tense all night long, with on-the-pitch squabbles and even on the bench, with Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone frequently animated on the touchline.
Atletico Madrid will now be headed to Milan for the Champions League final, where they will meet the winner of tomorrow’s match between Real Madrid and Manchester City.