12 April, 2014

Champions League final four

Thibaut Courtois saves Atletico Madrid's victory over Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid were the biggest winners in this week's second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, eliminating Barcelona by a 2-1 aggregate score. In Camp Nou last week, early substitute Diego put the visiting Atletico ahead 1-0 in the second half with an impressive long range shot. Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois heroically kept Atletico ahead until the 71st minute, when Neymar equalized for the home team on an assist from Andres Iniesta. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw. In the second leg this week, Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez hit the goalpost in the fifth minute. David Villa collected the ball and crossed it to Lopez, who headed the ball in front of the goal for Koke to volley into the net. Later, Koke would repay David Villa with a near assist but Villa struck the crossbar, nearly driving a dagger into his former team. Atletico went on to win 1-0 at home for a 2-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona. Atletico Madrid are having a much better season, in first place to Barcelona's third place (trailing Real Madrid as well).

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