RB Leipzig 2-1 Atlético Madrid: Leipzig break Atleti hearts late on
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RB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory in their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to reach the competition's last four for the first time in their club's short history. With two minutes of normal time remaining, United States midfielder Tyler Adams snatched victory with a deflected shot from outside the box to set up a semi-final clash with Paris St Germain.
The German side had taken the lead in the 51st minute with a header from Spanish forward Dani Olmo but a disjointed Atletico were shaken into life when record signing Joao Felix came off the bench, earning and scoring a penalty to level in the 71st. Atletico, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, looked more likely to score the next goal but it was the club founded only eleven years ago who were left celebrating in front of the empty seats of the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Now the team, built up from the lower leagues and owned by energy drinks company Red Bull, will come up against Neymar and company with a chance at a place in the Aug. 23 final. As with all games in this 'final eight' mini-tournament, there were no fans to witness the drama but it was clear from the outset that Leipzig felt at home among European football's elite. They fired an early warning shot when Marcel Halstenberg was picked out at the back post but his difficult volley flew off target.
Atletico responded with Yannick Carrasco bursting in from the left and firing goalwards but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi reacted well to push the effort wide. Julian Nagelsmann's side quickly settled though into the brand of attractive passing and movement that has earned them many admirers. Kevin Kampl was busy in the centre of midfield and left wing back Angelino was enjoying plenty of space down the flanks but it was the performance of French central defender Dayot Upamecano that was the most impressive. Solid defensively, taking care of Atletico's over-isolated striker Diego Costa, he also had the confidence to bring the ball out of the back and be the starting point for Leipzig's moves.
It was impossible not to wonder how different the game might have been if Leipzig had not sold their top scorer Timo Werner to Chelsea in June, given the lack of a real threat in attack. But six minutes after the interval, they found a way through - Marcel Sabitzer's cross from the right was met by Olmo, the Spaniard's angled header flashing past Jan Oblak and into the far, bottom corner.
The goal prompted Atletico boss Diego Simeone into a change, with Felix, the 20-year-old Portugal international and club record signing, introduced in the 58th minute. The move paid off when Felix glided into the box and was brought down by an ill-timed tackle from Lukas Klostermann for a penalty. Felix hasn't had the most impactful of debut seasons but he had the confidence to get to his feet and bury the spot kick to get the Spaniards back on level terms with 19 minutes left.
Atletico sensed the momentum had shifted and they pushed forward in search of a winner, which looked the more likely outcome, possibly in extra-time, as Leipzig struggled to regain control of the game. But with two minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Adams tried his luck with shot from outside the box, which deflected off defender Stefan Savic and beat the wrong-footed Oblak. Atletico piled on the pressure but Leipzig had the belief and the fortitude to hold on for their most famous victory.
A cruel night for Atletico, who looked in control at 1-1 after Joao Felix came on and singlehandedly changed the game. But not long after the young Portuguese striker won and converted a penalty, Leipzig's Adams was found in space from a quck counter attack. The US midfielder drove a shot that took an awful deflection of Savic, leaving Oblak diving the wrong way. Atletico pressed hard for the equaliser in the dying minutes, but just could not find what they needed.
Peep, peep, peep! Gulacsi kicks it out and the ref blows his whistle. Leipzig take the historic step to the semi-final, Atlético are heartbroken.
Atletico have one more chance as Felix looks for Morata, but he feels the Leipzig keeper. That is surely that.
Foul by Morata as he tried to disposses Adams, and that should be it.
Extreme pressure from Atletico. Morata is dispossesed as he tried to shoot from six yards out. The kitchen sink has been thrown now.
Atletico have a corner late on. Oblak has come for it.
Atletico have five minutes to find another equaliser.
Goal Liepzig!!! Atlético lose the ball, allowing Leipzig to break. The ball is fed to Angelino, who plays a wonderful ball from the left to Adams in plenty of space. His shot takes a wicked deflection pf Savic that leaves Oblak with no chance. Incredibly unfortuante for Atletico.
Another foul by Leipzig, and this time Haidara goes in the book for his challenge on Llorente inside Altetico's third.
Another foul by Leipzig, this time on Morata by the corner flag. Trippier whips the set piece but again Atlético's men in the box cannot take advantage.
Llorente looks to break forward in a move reminiscent to his antics in Anfield. But he's fouled. He's looked better in a more retreated role now since Joao Felix came on.
Nice link-up play by Atlético to release Lodi down the left. And the full back wins a corner. The ball is put in to a dangerous area but no Atletico player can get a foot or a head to it.
RB Leipzig free kick comes in from 35 yards out but Gimenez clears comfortably.
GOAL Atletico!!! Joao Felix steps up and drives it into the right corner. Gulacsi almost got a hand to it. The young Portuguese striker has been immense since coming on.
Penalty for Altetico! Joao Felix is taken down in the box by a trailing leg as he slipped past a defender to draw a one on one with the keeper.
Another chance is created through Joao Felix, who is really showing Simeone that it was a mistake not to start him.
Atlético have upped the tempo now as they push forward. Morata preparing to come on to add to the offensive ranks.
Joao Felix fouled as he tried to round a defender and Atletico have a set piece cross that leads to a corner. Felix has looked bright since coming on a few minutes ago. (Nothing comes from the corner).
Joao Felix breaks, releasing Lodi inside the box on the left, a challenge comes in from Upamecano, drawing appeals for a penalty from Atleti but the ref ends up booking Lodi for diving.
Joao Felix has come on for Herrera as Atletico go in search of an equaliser.
Upamecano tries a powerful low shot from distance. It's on target but Oblak collects with ease.
Atletico looking to repsond, with Llorente relaesed with a through ball down the right inside the box. But again, he's bullied off the ball by a Leipzig defender, this time by Upamecano.
Goal Leipzig!!!! The ball is worked out to the right to Sabitzer in space, who puts the ball in the box, allowing Dani Olmo to connect with his head and glide the ball passed Oblak into the far corner.
Second half starts as first half ends, with neither side able to hold onto possession. Llorente has looked out of his depth in the advanced role alongside Costa this evening.
Peep! Leipzig get the second half underway!
The teams are back on the frield, and Savic has exchanged his white head bandage for a slick-looking black one.
Referee Szymon Marciniak speaks with Julian Nagelsmann, Head Coach of RB Leipzig during the first half (Getty)
Some images from that first half: Dayot Upamecano (R) of Leipzig puts in a tough challenge on Marcos Llorente of Atletico (EFE/EPA/Miguel A. Lopes / POOL)
Well it has been an even affair so far. Leipzig have had significantly more possession and enjoyed plenty of time in Atlético's box, but failed to trouble Oblak, aside from a Upamecano header late in added time.
Atlético, meanwhile, have waited for their chances on the break and had two decent attempts on target, through Savic and Carrasco, saved by Gulacsi. It's anyone's game going into the second 45.
Peep, peep!! The ref blows for half time, bringing an end to an open and entertaining first half. 0-0 in Lisbon.
Angelino and Nkunku link up on the left and force a corner. Upamecano gets his head to the corner delivery and guides the ball towards the target, but Oblak saves comfortably. I think that is Leipzig's first shot on target.
Four minutes added time to be played, as possesion bounces from one to the other, with neither side having done anything significant in the last few minutes.
Dangerous moments for Atlético as Leipzig try to work something in the box. But they can't get a shot off. The pressure continues and they eventually win a corner.
Corner comes in from the left but the delivery is very poor and Atlético's first man can clear with ease.
Atlético have another corner through Lodi, but Leipzig clear the danger and the ball goes all the way back to Oblak.
Halstenburg is on his feet, as is Savic, who is being treated for a cut over his left eye and getting bandaged up.
Savic and Halstenburg are on the ground after a nasty clash of heads near the centre of the park. The game has been stopped, giving Nagelsmann a chance to chat with some of his players.
Carrasco tries to work something deep into the Leipzig penatly area. He twists, turns and tries to get a shot off but Halstenburg blocks.
Leipzig full back Angelino puts in a cross from the left but it goes straight to Oblak. Poor delivery from him.
Leipzig enjoying a phase of pressure and win a free on the right. Cross comes in from the set piece but Atlético deal with the danger.
After some early pressure from Leipzig, Atlético have been, perhaps slightly, the better side over the past 15 minutes,in terms of chances created. Leipzig now looking to build something: the cross comes in to Poulsen who gets a head to it but fouls Gimenez in the process.
Herrera is fouled by Kamp and Atletico have a chance to swing one into the box. Carrasco takes, it's a decent delivery but a Leipzig defender clears the ball before Saul can connect by the far post.
There is a penalty check going on for Atletico for an apparent foul inside the box by Galucsi on Saul a few moments prior. But VAR eventually says no penalty.
Chance Atletico! Lodi is released down the left and squares a short pass to Carrasco in the box. He blasts the ball toward the near top corner with his left boot but Gulacsi saves again.
Chance Atletico! Savic jumps high to connect with a Lodi set piece taken from 30 yards out. The ball was travelling towards the top corner but Gulacsi saves well.
Upamecano tries a long ball from deep in search of Poulsen, but it flies well over the head of the Leipzig striker, as Oblak collects with ease.
Olmo fouls Lodi wide on the left in Atlético's third as he fought to win the ball. Atlético push forward from the free.
Leipzig enjoying some early pressure, and win a corner, which Atletico deal with. The ball comes back in again quickly from deep and an unconvincing clearence allows Laimer to connect with a volley from close range. But he blasts it over. Decent chance for the German side.
Peep! Atlético, playing in black, get the game underway!
The teams are on the field and lining up for the pre-match protocol as the Champions League anthem echoes around the empty Estadio Jose Alvalade.
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Teams warming up
Both teams are currently going through their pre-match warmups at the Estádio José Alvalade.
It's currently a cool 24 degrees celsius in Lisbon, a welcome relief for Simeone's side, who finished off their final LaLiga games in the stifling Spanish July heat.
Atlético Covid-19 cases
ICYMI: Simeone is without Ángel Correa and Sime Vrsaljko, who both tested positive for coronavirus, it was confirmed on Monday.
Two days later on Wednesday, Barcelona also announced a positive case, however the the player in question “has not been in contact with any of the senior team players who are scheduled to travel to Lisbon this Thursday to compete in the Champions League", the club said.
Atlético's impeccable knock-out record against German opponents
Here is one to note: Atlético Madrid have always progresses against German opposition in the knock-out stages: vs Leverkusen in 2014/15 and vs Bayern in 2015/16. This will be their first competitive meeting with Leipzig.
RB Leipzig announce starting line-up
Starting XI: Gulacsi, Angeliño, Upamecano, Sabitzer, Poulsen, Klosterman, Nkunku. Olmo, Laimer, Kampl
The German side are without their star man, Timo Werner, which is a huge loss.
Atlético teamsheet is in
Starting XI: Oblak, Lodi, Gimenez, Savic, Trippier, Carrasco, Saul, Koke, Herrera, Llorente, Costa.
Joao Felix starts on the bench as Simeone puts his faith in Anfield hero Marcos Llorente to partner up front with Costa. It's a new role for the former defensive midfielder, but he's taken to it like a fish to water.
"We can surprise Atlético" - Dani Olmo
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The Estádio José Alvalade's visitors dressing room is ready for Atlético's arrival. Los Rojiblancos, who will be wearing their black away strip this evening, will hope that Joao Felix can pull off some magic in his native country tonight. God knows he's been short of magic since making the move to Madrid from Benfica last summer.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League knock-out tie between RB Liepzig and Atlético Madrid. Atléti have been here before and are looking to reach their fourth semi-final in seven years.
This is new territory for Leipzig, however, who have reached the quarter finals for the first time in their history. Diego Simeone's men are firm favourites to go through, but anything can happen in these unique one-legged ties, as Atalanta were so close to proving against PSG last nihgt.