Wednesday night was a characterizing night in the seasons of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich as they progressed to the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Atl. Madrid 2-0 Barca
Atletico Madrid stunned Barca by vanquishing them 2-0 through objectives from Frenchman Antoinne Griezmann at the Vicente Calderon.
Barcelona drove 2-1 from the main leg at the Nou Camp where Fernando Torres scored and was sent off for the guests
Barcelona’s heavyweight attacking trio Messi, Suares and Neymar were kept quiet and toothless all through the game by Atletico’s defenders inspired by well thought out tactical coaching by head coach Diego Simeone.
Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid the lead when he headed Saul Niguez’s cross into the top corner with Barca onlyn managing to shoot one shot on target in the first half as the organised Atletico shut them out.
Griezmann made it 2-0 from the penalty spot three minutes from time after Andres Iniesta touched the ball in the penalty box making their qualification to the next stage, all but secure.
Benfica 2-2 Bayern
Bayern came into the UEFA quarterfinal tie with a 1-0 lead at home and needed to keep away from thrashing to Benfica in Portugal, which they did in the wake of playing an enlivening 2-2 draw with Benfica.
Raul Jimenez opened the scoring with a valiant header to level the tie on total in the primary half then Chilean Arturo Vidal, who scored in the main leg, rifled home the equalizer for an exceedingly vital away objective. There was still more activity to come as Germany star Thomas Muller then put his side in front in the wake of meeting Javi Martinez’s thump down before Benfica’s Brazilian player Talisca set up an objective with a choice free-kick to even out for the Portuguese. In any case, it wasn’t sufficient for the portuguese
Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich will now join Man City and Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League semi finals.