RB Leipzig defeated Atletico Madrid 2-1 and can face Paris St Germain within the Champions League semi-final.
- Final Up to date: August 14, 2020, 8:23 AM IST
RB Leipzig surprised Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory of their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to achieve the competitors’s final 4 for the primary time of their membership’s quick historical past.
With two minutes of regular time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outdoors the field to arrange a semi-final conflict with Paris St Germain.
The German aspect had taken the lead within the 51st minute with a header from Spanish ahead Dani Olmo however a disjointed Atletico have been shaken into life when report signing Joao Felix got here off the bench, incomes and scoring a penalty to degree within the 71st.
Atletico, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, seemed extra prone to rating the following purpose however it was the membership based solely eleven years in the past who have been left celebrating in entrance of the empty seats of the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Now the staff, constructed up from the decrease leagues and owned by vitality drinks firm Pink Bull, will come up in opposition to Neymar and firm with an opportunity at a spot within the Aug. 23 last.
As with all video games on this ‘last eight’ mini-tournament, there have been no followers to witness the drama however it was clear from the outset that Leipzig felt at dwelling amongst European soccer’s elite.
They fired an early warning shot when Marcel Halstenberg was picked out on the again put up however his troublesome volley flew off course.
Atletico responded with Yannick Carrasco bursting in from the left and firing goalwards however Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi reacted effectively to push the trouble extensive.
Julian Nagelsmann’s aspect rapidly settled although into the model of engaging passing and motion that has earned them many admirers.
Kevin Kampl was busy within the centre of midfield and left wing again Angelino was having fun with loads of area down the flanks however it was the efficiency of French central defender Dayot Upamecano that was probably the most spectacular.
Strong defensively, caring for Atletico’s over-isolated striker Diego Costa, he additionally had the boldness to deliver the ball out of the again and be the place to begin for Leipzig’s strikes.
It was not possible to not marvel how totally different the sport might need been if Leipzig had not bought their high scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea in June, given the dearth of an actual menace in assault.
However six minutes after the interval, they discovered a method by way of – Marcel Sabitzer’s cross from the proper was met by Olmo, the Spaniard’s angled header flashing previous Jan Oblak and into the far, backside nook.
The purpose prompted Atletico boss Diego Simeone right into a change, with Felix, the 20-year-old Portugal worldwide and membership report signing, launched within the 58th minute.
The transfer paid off when Felix glided into the field and was introduced down by an ill-timed sort out from Lukas Klostermann for a penalty.
Felix hasn’t had probably the most impactful of debut seasons however he had the boldness to get to his toes and bury the spot kick to get the Spaniards again on degree phrases with 19 minutes left.
Atletico sensed the momentum had shifted they usually pushed ahead searching for a winner, which seemed the extra probably consequence, probably in extra-time, as Leipzig struggled to regain management of the sport.
However with two minutes of regular time remaining, substitute Adams tried his luck with shot from outdoors the field, which deflected off defender Stefan Savic and beat the wrong-footed Oblak.
Atletico piled on the strain however Leipzig had the assumption and the fortitude to carry on for his or her most well-known victory.
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