Boateng: We only have ourselves to blame

FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng believes that his side cannot blame anyone else but themselves after they were eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday. 

Bayern defeated Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the second leg of their semi-final at the Allianz Arena, but with the aggregate score being 2-2, the Spanish outfit progressed to the final on the away goals rule.

Xabi Alonso opened the scoring for the Bundesliga club in the 31st minute before Thomas Muller squandered a penalty that would have doubled Bayern’s lead.

Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann brought his side level in the 54th minute before Robert Lewandowski edged Bayern ahead 20 minutes later. Even though Fernando Torres missed a penalty for Atletico in the 84th minute, the Spanish side were able to hold on and book their spot in the final.

Boateng admitted that his side were in excellent form in the first-half, but a lapse in concentration early in the second half sealed their fate.

“We played very well in the first half, Atletico did not have a chance,” Boateng told reporters. “In the second half we weren’t attentive for two minutes, but we played well after conceding the goal, too.

“We gave it all but that’s football. We must blame ourselves for not taking our chances.”

Lewandowski echoed Boateng’s sentiments and added that Bayern deserved to be in the final.

“It’s a huge shame. We deserved it,” he said. “We just needed one goal, but that is football. We’re not in the final. We searched for everything and fought for everything, but just couldn’t get there.”

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