Atletico Madrid are through to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Barcelona after Antoine Griezmann gave them a 2-0 win at Estadio Vicente Calderón on Wednesday.
- Atletico Madrid 2 Barcelona 0
- Griezmann heads in & buries penalty
- Atleti win 3-2 on aggregate
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Los Rojiblancos had ground to make up, but turned the tables on the Catalans when Antoine Griezmann headed in Saul's cross to level the aggregate scores and give Atleti the advantage.
With Atleti leading on away goals, Barca pushed hard for an equaliser on the night that would have swung the tie in their favour, but after soaking up all the pressure Atleti broke through Filipe Luis, who won a penalty when his square ball struck Andres Iniesta on the arm, and Griezmann tucked away the resulting penalty.
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Atleti made a confident start in front of their home fans, with Yannick Ferreira Carrasco getting an early shot on target that was no trouble for Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Antoine Griezmann came close after racing towards the near post to meet a clever ball into the area with a rather timid header that was also no problem for the German goalkeeper.
With Barcelona's famous front three failing to tick or create any real chances early on, it fell to Javier Mascherano to have one of their first real efforts at goal when the Argentine defender came out from defence to pick up a loose ball and have a blast, but Gabi got the block in.
Atleti then made the breakthrough in the 36th minute when Saul swung in a delicious cross with the outside of his left boot, and Griezmann found himself completely unmarked in the box to guide the ball with a header into the top corner.
Neymar finally gave Jan Oblak something to think about with a shot from long range in the 42nd minute that was relatively easy work for the Slovenian goalkeeper, before Atleti counterattacked through Carrasco, who tested ter Stegen at the other end with a low drive from outside the box.
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Atleti came close to a second on a few occasions early in the second period, with Koke breaking down the right but placing his cutback between two teammates, before the same player slid a low cross across the face of goal that Gerard Pique was just about able to deal with.
A moment later and Barca's crossbar was rattled when Lucas Hernandez got his head to a cross and the ball looped over the beaten ter Stegen before striking the frame of the goal.
Atleti's 1-0 lead on the night was threatened by Suarez in the 67th minute when the striker rolled fellow Uruguayan Diego Godin in the box before letting off a shot, but it was straight at Oblak; a warning sign for Atleti, who were going through with their 1-0 lead on the night, but knew that the tie would swing back in Barca's favour if the Catalans found the net.
But Atleti wrapped it up when they were awarded a penalty in the 88th minute after Filipe Luis did brilliantly to break forward. The Brazilian looked to square it for Griezmann but Andres Iniesta intercepted with a handball.
Having been denied a great opportunity from open play, Griezmann stepped up to the penalty spot to roll it into the bottom corner for his second of the night, giving Atleti a 3-2 win on aggregate
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