Atlético reach final, Bayern out

Atlético Madrid are through the champions league final on away goals despite losing 2-1 to FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

  • Bayern 2 (2) Atlético Madrid 1 (2)
  • Atleti reach final on away goals
  • Alonso free kick levels aggregate score
  • Oblak saves Müller penalty
  • Griezmann hits game-changing away goal
  • Lewandowski finds the net
  • Torres penalty saved by Neuer

Match Summary

Bayern needed to score and looked the more likely side to do so during the first half, and their pressure eventually paid off when Xabi Alonso’s free kick took a deflection en route to levelling the aggregate scores.

The Bavarians were then awarded a penalty when Atleti defender José Giménez clumsily fouled Javi Martínez, but Thomas Müller couldn’t beat Jan Oblak from the spot.

Bayern looked to have the upper hand at halftime, and made a bright start to the second period until a quick Atleti counterattack saw Fernando Torres put Antoine Griezmann through on goal, and the France international tucked it away with aplomb.

That away goal meant that Bayern needed to score twice to reverse their fate. Oblak did an excellent job at keeping them out until Arturo Vidal set up Robert Lewandowski for an easy closer-range header, before Manuel Neuer saved a Fernando Torres penalty to set up a tense finale.

The result means that Atleti are through to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg and drawing on aggregate. Griezmann’s strike means that they progress under the away goals rule, which decides the winner if the aggregate scores are level.

Full Report

Atleti rarely threatened the Bayern goal in the first half, with Gabi’s 15th-minute shot from long-range calling Manuel Neuer into action, but without really testing him, and Arturo Vidal did likewise a couple of minutes later, but his fierce shot was from too far out and proved to be easy catching for Jan Oblak.

The next chance also fell for Bayern after 20 minutes, with Jérôme Boateng’s ball in picking out Thomas Müller, whose first touch squared it against the face of goal for Robert Lewandowski to hit, but Oblak came out to smother the Polish striker’s effort.

Lewandowski was denied by Oblak again after 25 minutes, this time after the Slovenian keeper spilled a spicy shot from Frank Ribéry, but he managed to get a palm to the ball just as the Pole was about to shoot and Atleti’s lead remained intact until just past the half-hour mark.

David Alaba won a free kick for the German side just outside Atleti’s box, and Xabi Alonso stepped forward to drill it hard and low into the wall, and into the back of the net via a big deflection off the legs of José Giménez, which was enough to wrong-foot Oblak in goal.

A minute later and the Bavarians had a penalty when Giménez pulled on the shirt of Javi Martínez, who had gotten in behind the young Uruguayan defender. Müller stepped up to the spot but there was nothing clinical about his effort, allowing Oblak to make the save.

Bayern continued to have the upper hand after the break, but Atleti always looked dangerous on the counterattack and it was a quick move that saw them get the equaliser on the night and take the lead on aggregate, with Antoine Griezmann linking up with Fernando Torres and latching onto the Spaniard’s through-ball to race in on goal and finish past Neuer.

The Frenchman’s goal changed the whole complexion of the tie, with Bayern seemingly relatively comfortable up until the away goal, which meant that they would need to score twice to win, or else exit the competition.

The German side upped the pressure in their search for a goal, and continued to test Oblak, but the Slovenian was in top form and able to keep them out until Lewandowski struck in the 74th minute when Arturo Vidal headed David Alaba’s ball in back across goal, and the Bundesliga top scorer finished it off with a simple header from close range.

Torres then had a chance to kill the game off when Martinez tripped him as he was racing through from the left flank. It looked a wrong decision as the contact was actually outside the box, so it was probably fair that the veteran Spanish forward produced a poor spot-kick that Neuer was able to save.

The closing stages saw Bayern continue to lay the Atleti goal to siege with Atleti coach Diego Simeone losing his temper on the sidelines, but a combination of frantic defending and some more world-class saves from Oblak was enough to see Atleti through to the final.

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