CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – QF 2nd LEG: Atletico into final four after edging past Barcelona

Atletico Madrid have created history by reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time ever.

Atletico Madrid have created history by reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time ever.

Los Rojiblancos produced a 1-0 victory over La Liga rivals Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon to move through to the final four 2-1 on aggregate following last week’s 1-1 draw at Camp Nou.

Atletico’s battles with the Catalan giants this season had thus far yielded four draws (two in the Super Cup, one in the league and last week’s) but Diego Simeon’s men were able to achieve the required result this time around to see them through.

Koke’s fifth-minute goal was the difference in the end with the Spaniard slotting home Raul Garcia’s header which came from David Villa’s cross.

Atleti were on the attack early and could have had three or four goals before half-time, amazingly hitting the woodwork on three occasions inside the opening 20 minutes, while Lionel Messi also had a couple of chances to level for Barca.

Both sides had scoring opportunities in the second half but Tata Martino’s Blaugrana were inefficient and could not hit the back of the net as Atletico held on at the end of a breathless encounter to produce their best run in Europe’s top competition since making the European Cup final in 1974.

They will now be drawn alongside either El Derby madrileno rivals Real Madrid, 2012 champions Chelsea or title holders Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw.

2013/14 UEFA Champions League – quarter-final second leg

Atletico Madrid (SPN): 1 (Koke 5’)
Barcelona (SPN): 0

*Atletico wins 2-1 on aggregate

Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain – 53,592

 
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