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    May 04, 2016

    Bayern Munich 2-1 Atletico Madrid (agg 2-2): Diego Simeone's side book Champions League final



    Bayern Munich will never be European Champions under Pep Guardiola after Manchester City’s manager-in-waiting completed a hat-trick of semi-final defeats in this loss against Diego Simone’s phenomenal Atletico Madrid.
    Three times Guardiola has taken the Germans to the last four and watched them fall against Spanish opponents. Last year it was Barcelona, the year before Real Madrid. This time it was Simeone’s soldiers, who reach their second final in three years, who were just too strong.
    Much was said about the clash of styles in the build-up to the game but this was more about substance than anything else and no team has more substance than Atletico.
    They gave the defensive performance of their lives, and when they needed a goal Antoine Griezmann raced from the halfway line and coolly slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer, cancelling out Xabi Alonso’s first half free-kick. 
    Antoine Griezmann points towards Fernando Torres after his assist, which saw Atletico Madrid equalise at the Allianz Arena
    Antoine Griezmann points towards Fernando Torres after his assist, which saw Atletico Madrid equalise at the Allianz Arena
    The France international was marginally offside from the through ball but made no mistake to slot past Manuel Neuer
    The France international was marginally offside from the through ball but made no mistake to slot past Manuel Neuer
    Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich hope but the Germans crashed out of the semi-final on away goals
    Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern Munich hope but the Germans crashed out of the semi-final on away goals
    Xabi Alonso (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after getting Bayern off to the perfect start, levelling the score on aggregate
    Xabi Alonso (centre) celebrates with his team-mates after getting Bayern off to the perfect start, levelling the score on aggregate
    The former Liverpool midfielder saw his low free-kick deflect off Jose Gimenez and end up in the back of the Atletico net
    The former Liverpool midfielder saw his low free-kick deflect off Jose Gimenez and end up in the back of the Atletico net
    Bayern players (from left) Arturo Vidal, Muller and David Alaba walk off dejected after crashing out of the Champions League
    Bayern players (from left) Arturo Vidal, Muller and David Alaba walk off dejected after crashing out of the Champions League
    (From left) Koke, Gabi and Saul Niguez raise their hands to the Atletico fans after booking their place in the Champions League final
    (From left) Koke, Gabi and Saul Niguez raise their hands to the Atletico fans after booking their place in the Champions League final

    Atletico have averaged 25.5 per cent possession across in their last four Champions League games but with so little, they achieve so much.
    The first half in Munich had been a continuation of the second half of the first leg in Madrid with Bayern battering Atletico’s defence and Simeone’s side somehow standing firm. 
    There were 13 Bayern shots in the first 20 minutes but with Diego Godin back marshalling the defence and goalkeeper Jan Oblak immense behind him there was no way through. 
    (From left) Torres, Stefan Savic, Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey celebrate with the away fans at the Allianz Arena 
    (From left) Torres, Stefan Savic, Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey celebrate with the away fans at the Allianz Arena 
    Diego Simeone (left) punches the air in celebration
    Bayern boss Pep Guardiola holds his head after his side crashed out
    Diego Simeone (left) punches the air in celebration while Bayern boss Pep Guardiola holds his head after his side crashed out
    Thomas Muller saw his penalty saved by Jan Oblak in the first half after Gimenez was penalised for fouling Javi Martinez
    Thomas Muller saw his penalty saved by Jan Oblak in the first half after Gimenez was penalised for fouling Javi Martinez
    Torres saw a second penalty of the game saved after Neuer got down low to palm his effort away from the penalty box
    Torres saw a second penalty of the game saved after Neuer got down low to palm his effort away from the penalty box
    Bayern's Robert Lewandowski (right) was denied an opener in the first half after his effort was blocked by the Slovenia international
    Bayern's Robert Lewandowski (right) was denied an opener in the first half after his effort was blocked by the Slovenia international
    Thomas Muller (right) looks to close down Augusto Fernandez as Bayern pressed the Spanish side from the first whistle
    Thomas Muller (right) looks to close down Augusto Fernandez as Bayern pressed the Spanish side from the first whistle
    Atletico goalkeeper Oblak (right) rises highest to punch the ball away as Pep Guardiola's side pushed for an opener
    Atletico goalkeeper Oblak (right) rises highest to punch the ball away as Pep Guardiola's side pushed for an opener

    MATCH FACTS

    Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1): Neuer 6; Lahm 6, Javi Martinez 6, Boateng 6, Alaba 7; Alonso 7; Douglas Costa 6 (Coman 73min, 5), Vidal 7, Muller 6, Ribery 6; Lewandowski 7. Subs not used: Tasci, Thiago Alcantara, Rafinha, Gotze, Ulreich, Kimmich.
    Booked: Javi Martinez. 
    Goals: Alonso 31, Lewandowski 74
    Manager: Pep Guardiola 7 
    Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak 8.5; Juanfran 7, Godin 8, Gimenez 5, Filipe Luis 6; Saul Niguez 6, Fernandez 6 (Carrasco 45, 6), Gabi 7, Koke 6 (Savic 90); Griezmann 7 (Partey 82), Torres 6. Subs not used: Moya Rumbo, Correa, Hernandez, Vietto. 
    Goal: Griezmann 53 
    Booked: Gimenez
    Manager: Simeone 9
    MOTM: Oblak 
    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey) 7
    Attendance: 70,000
    They are used to a different sort of yellow wall in Germany but the yellow-jerseyed keeper blocked Lewandowski at his near post on 20 minutes to keep out Bayern’s best early chance.
    When the Bayern onslaught finally found a way past the Slovenian it was via a deflection from one of his own defenders.
    Augusto Fernandez upended David Alaba on the edge of the area and from the free-kick Alonso’s shot hit the inside of Jose Gimenez’ knee and went past the Atletico keeper.
    There was worse to come for the young Uruguayan centre-back when he dragged Martinez back in the penalty area and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir pointed to the spot.
    Up stepped Muller but he failed to beat Oblak, who not only saved the spot-kick but sprang up to throw himself at Alonso’s attempt to turn-in the rebound.
    Tempers were now beginning to flare and none more than Ribery’s. He had already lost his head after the penalty and needed to be pulled away by team-mates from Atletico players.
    After a Juanfran elbow downed Lewandoski there was a free-for-all in-front of the two benches and the Frenchman had Simeone of all people by the sleeves of his black coat.
    Guardiola called for calm from his players. His team had done half the job by scoring once. 
    Atletico could surely not hold out under such pressure for another 45 minutes.
    They could do better than that – they could score within 10 minutes of the restart.
    Griezmann and Torres were partners in crime parked on the halfway line as the ball was played forward. The Frenchman touched it to Torres who released him just onside and he raced to the edge of the area and shot past Neuer. Bayern now needed to score twice.
    Lewandowski headed in from close range but there was not a second, as Atletico came closest to troubling the scoreboard. Torres was brought down by Martinez only to miss the penalty.
    ‘That would have finished it early,’ he said, ‘but it’s nice to win having suffered.’ 
    It meant Atletico had to suffer until the last whistle but nobody is as good at that at Atletico Madrid.
    They ran themselves into the ground. And Simeone seemed to take every step with them inside – and often outside – his technical area. Now they are off to Milan together.
    Franck Ribery (right) is brought down by Atletico captain Gabi as the Spaniards gave their counterparts little space to play
    Franck Ribery (right) is brought down by Atletico captain Gabi as the Spaniards gave their counterparts little space to play
    Arturo Vidal (left) closes down Koke as Bayern dominated the opening exchanges between the two sides
    Arturo Vidal (left) closes down Koke as Bayern dominated the opening exchanges between the two sides
    Fernando Torres (left) and Saul Niguez close down Bayern's players as David Alaba looks to clear the ball down the pitch
    Fernando Torres (left) and Saul Niguez close down Bayern's players as David Alaba looks to clear the ball down the pitch
    Ribery and Diego Simeone squared up on the touchline as tempers began to flare at the Allianz Arena
    Ribery and Diego Simeone squared up on the touchline as tempers began to flare at the Allianz Arena
    Bayern boss Guardiola then got involved to break-up the incident between his player and Atletico's manager
    Bayern boss Guardiola then got involved to break-up the incident between his player and Atletico's manager
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