Atletico boot Barca out European Champions League
Antoine Griezmann scored a goal in each half to give AtlÈtico Madrid an emphatic 2-0 win over defending champion Barcelona and a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League yesterday.
Griezmann opened the scoring in the 36th minute and then sealed the victory with a late penalty kick to allow Atletico to reverse the 2-1 first-leg loss at Camp Nou with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.
The result sent Diego Simeone's team, which had played most of the first-leg match with 10 men, to the semi-finals for the second time in the last three seasons. And it shattered the hopes of favourites Barcelona, who have reached the semi-finals seven times in the last eight seasons.
AtlÈtico Madrid left Camp Nou infuriated with the refereeing last week after their striker, Fernando Torres, was sent off in the 35th minute. Yesterday, it was Barcelona who had reason to complain after a hand ball by Gabi Fern·ndez that appeared to be inside the area but was judged by the referee outside the box in second-half injury time.
Lionel Messi's ensuing free kick sailed over the crossbar in his team's last chance.
In yesterday's other game, Bayern Munich advanced 3-2 on aggregate after a 2-2 draw at Benfica. The draw in the return leg of their quarter-final meant Bayern went through 3-2 on aggregate after their 1-0 win at home. Unfancied Benfica made the German club fight till the end, though, as substitute Talisca's curling free kick beat Manuel Neuer in the 76th to make it level on the night.
Ra?l JimÈnez's 27th-minute goal, when he met a lobbed pass from Eliseu and beat two defenders to head past Neuer, put Benfica level over the two legs and fired up the Portuguese team.
Arturo Vidal replied for Bayern in the 38th with his second goal over the two legs. Benfica goalkeeper Ederson pushed out Philipp Lahm's cross as far as the Chile midfielder, who was alone on the edge of the area and fired a shot into the empty goal.
Thomas Mueller, who hadn't scored in his past three games, made it 2-1 for the Bundesliga club on the night with a header in the 52nd.
Real Madrid and Manchester City had reached the last four on Tuesday.