June 21, 2021
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first_imgAtletico Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (3-2 agg)The wait for a club to hold on to the Champions League in successive years goes on, as Barcelona were knocked out by La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final second leg thanks to an Antoine Griezmann double.After returning from the Nou Camp with a 2-1 first-leg deficit last week, Griezmann headed home in the 36th minute and then struck a late penalty to give Diego Simone’s men a famous 3-2 aggregate win, sending them to the last four of the Champions League for just the second time.Barcelona, who have now lost three of their last four games in all competitions as their season looks in danger of imploding, piled the pressure on in the final 20 minutes, but were unable to make the breakthrough which would have sent the game to extra time, meaning they bow out of this competition in the last eight to Atletico for the second time in three seasons.Despite allowing their visitors to dominate the ball – Barcelona enjoyed 78 per cent possession in the first half – Atletico were never troubled and kept the dangerous trio of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to scraps.Their golden moment came nine minutes before the break as they went ahead on the night and in the tie overall by virtue of the goal they scored at the Nou Camp.Saul was afforded far too much space on the right, but not as much Griezmann, who found himself completely unmarked at the near post and he had no problem in powering home his header from Saul’s pin-point cross.Luis Enrique’s side upped the ante in the second period and began to camp in the final third, though found chances difficult to come by.Andres Iniesta and Suarez had chances which Oblak was equal to, and the hosts managed to fight through the pressure to net an important second in the 88th minute.Filipe Luis galloped clear on the break and his ball to put Griezmann in on goal was cynically intercepted by the hand of Iniesta in the penalty area.The Frenchman squeezed his spot-kick in to the bottom corner to give Atletico the aggregate lead, and they held on despite some late Barca pressure – and calls for a penalty which was incorrectly given as a free-kick.Benfica 2-2 Bayern Munich (2-3 agg)Bayern Munich secured passage through to the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth successive season with a 3-2 aggregate win over Benfica.Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller netted at the Estadio da Luz for the visitors, with Raul Jimenez and Anderson Talisca giving Benfica hope that they may be able to overcome the overwhelming favourites.Vidal, who last week headed the only goal of the first leg, powerfully volleyed home from the edge of the area 11 first-half minutes after Jimenez bravely nodded the tie level on aggregate.However, the second away goal, scored by Muller, proved too much for the hosts, with Talisca’s free-kick nothing more than a late consolation goal.The result at the Stadium of Light could see Bayern boss Pep Guardiola face Manchester City, the club he will manage from the summer, in the last four. Guardiola will not meet former team Barcelona after the holders were knocked out by Atletico Madrid. 1 Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring for Atletico Madrid last_img read more

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