Griezmann Goal Sinks Bayern


Atletico Madrid have advanced to the finals of the Uefa Champions League after an away goal aggregate victory over Bayern Munich. Antoine Griezmann's goal was enough to knock Bayern out and condemn Guardiola to his 4th consecutive semi final stages exit.

Bayern came into the second leg trailing Atletico by a solitary goal and needed to win by two clear goals. Guardiola brought back Thomas Muller to the starting line up and Franck Ribery who also started. Bayern started very well and tested their radar early with shots from Vidal and Costa. It would be Atleti who would have the first shot on target as Gabi rifled in an attempt from outside the box which Neuer saved. That would be their only shot on target in a half dominated by Bayern.

The Bavarians would make their possession count when Xabi Alonso scored in the 31st Minute. Jose Gimenez fouled David Alaba on the edge of the box and Alonso stepped up to take the free kick. He rifled his effort low into the wall and it deflected off Gimenez and into the net. The 21 year old Gimenez was having a nightmare. Two minutes later, Bayern had a golden chance to double their lead. Gimenez was the culprit again as he rugby tackled Martinez in the box leaving the ref no choice but to point to the spot. Muller stepped up to take the pen but seemed to hesitate. He placed his shot to the left of goal at a comfortable height and Oblak saved. A lucky escape for Atletico.

Simeone realised that his team were under attack in the first half and made a change at halftime. He switched the formation to 4-1-4-1 and was rewarded for his decision just eight minutes later when Atleti scored through Antoine Griezmann. Atleti set off on a counter attack and Griezmann released by Fernando Torres and  the Frenchman made no mistake.

Bayern would hit back through a goal by Robert Lewandowski on 74 minutes after they regained ascendancy in the game. It was 2-1 Bayern but they still needed to score a third to advance. They pushed hard for a third but it was Atleti who had the best chance to kill off the game as Torres won a late penalty although replays show that contact was made outside the box. He stepped up to take it but his shot was poor and Manuel Neuer saved in what was a carbon copy of the missed Muller pen from earlier in the game. Atleti held on to the end of the game and took the tie on away goals. They will meet the winner of tonight's game between Manchester City and Real Madrid in the final.

Published: 05/04/2016