Arsenal ended its nine-year trophy drought on Saturday, coming from two goals...
Barcelona stunned by Atletico, Bayern defeat United
Atletico Madrid caused a stunning upset when they ended Barcelona’s hopes of more European silverware with a 1-0 victory over the Catalan giants at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid while Bayern Munich had to fight hard to book their semifinal berth when they eventually beat Manchester United to move a step closer to defending their Champions League title.
La Liga table toppers Atletico, again showed why they belong in the mix with Europe’s elite, when they advanced into a maiden semifinal appearance in the Champions League and a first last 4 berth of Europe’s top tier competition since 1974.
There was all to play for with the tie finely balanced at 1 goal a piece following the first leg at the Camp Nou and it was the home team that made most of the possession as Koke gave them the early lead, combining in a the build up with David Villa and Raul Garcia.
Barcelona had their chances to draw level however they couldn’t break Atletico’s last line of defence with Messi having one of most ineffective games for his club.
Koke’s goal was all that was needed to see Diego Simeone’s team win 2-1 on aggregate, leaving the four times champions without a semifinal berth for the first time in 7 years.
At the Allianz Arena in Munich, Manchester United and Bayern Munich remained goalless until the 57th minute before Patrice Evra gave United hope and the lead with a thunderous strike.
The Bavarian giants leveled matters through Mario Mandzukic barely 2 minutes later before Tomas Muller and Ajren Robben put the tie to bed, advancing through to their third consecutive semifinal 4-2 on aggregate.
Bayern and Atletico join Chelsea and Real in the last 4 with the draw due to be made on Friday.