Atletico Madrid progress to the Champions League final on away goals

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Atletico Madrid have progressed to the Champions League final.

The Spanish side lost 2-1 at the Allianz Arena but edged out Pep Guardiola's side on away goals to reach their second final in Europe's elite competition in three seasons.


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Many thought the tie would be an edgy affair. Diego Simeone knows exactly how to set his team up to defend a lead and it seemed that would be the tactic.

However, despite fielding a defensive looking line-up, Atleti played with a lot more freedom than expected. Maybe Simeone was aware that keeping out the impressive attacking line-up of Bayern was going to difficult so scoring an away goal might be the best idea.

After dominating the early stages, the home side finally found the breakthrough when Xabi Alonso's free-kick was deflected past Jan Oblak to level the scores on aggregate. 

Three minutes later and Atletico's Champions League dreams appeared on tatters.

Jose Gimenez inexplicably hauled down Javi Martinez in the penalty box to give Bayern a chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty-spot.

The man for the occasion - you’d think - is Thomas Muller.

However, the German met his match in Jan Oblak who guessed right and made a terrific stop to keep his side level.

At the time, you didn't know how crucial the penalty miss would be - it turned out to be vital.

Ten minutes into the second-half, Fernando Torres slipped a superb through ball to Antoine Griezmann who cooly slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer to give his side a massive away goal.

Bayern now knew they needed two more goals to progress and pushed forward in numbers. 

They set up a grandstand finish when Robert Lewandowski nodded in from close-range with 15 minutes remaining. But despite an immense amount of pressure, Atleti stood firm.

In fact, they had the opportunity to kill the tie five minutes from time when Torres was brought down by Martinez outside the box, but the referee adjudged it to be inside. However, Torres' effort was a carbon-copy of Muller's and was saved by Neuer to keep Bayern in the tie.

But the German side couldn't make Torres pay as Atleti held firm to seal their place in the final in Milan to face either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

It was a pulsating match. An incredible attack against an incredible defensive unit.

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